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It’s a slot that sounds like it was conceived in a smoky university hall by a group of high students, with imagery that could be lifted straight from a Beatles album cover. However, this latest slot from Booming Games, Astro Pandas, has a strange appeal.
Get ready for an exciting journey with the pandas, as you enter the world of this intergalactic-travelling endangered species. The slot is set over the standard 5 x 3 setup, with the obligatory 20 paylines. Three fixed jackpots are waiting to be won, as well as an excitingly named Mystery Jackpot. There is one feature, the bonus games free spin, so you’d better persevere until to get off that base game.
The design is simple, if a little odd
Effortlessly created cartoon graphics of a space travel environment welcomes you, and what did you really expect? Set against a background of planets that wouldn’t look out of place on a classroom wall, the reels come with the standard card symbols for slots 10, J, Q, K and A, and four pandas (surprise!). The wild symbol depicts a spacecraft and can complement any combination, give its own payments and make you giggle a bit at its tweeness.
The free spins feature is the only feature, but it’s not so bad. Activated through the game screen, it needs at least three scatters to appear as a whole logo. You’ll then get 10 free spins with 2x multipliers on all winning combinations, the bonus here being the ability to receive larger payouts for smaller wins and combos that would usually not pay.
If there is any reason to get slightly aroused about this slot, it’s the Mystery Jackpot. Paid out at random, it can appear at anytime during play. A banner will appear across the screen showing the amount you will win. Mystery jackpot 1 is 20x, mystery jackpot 2 is 50x and mystery jackpot 3 is 500x the bet that was selected. Not bad, eh?
We don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this one. It’s nice and simple, in the sense that the screen is clear of unnecessary detail, the play is very straightforward with that nice ‘mystery’ surprise to boot. The soundtrack is pretty good, the visuals pleasant too.
But, I guess we just expected it to be a little more messed-up than it was, and our little messed-up minds were disappointed by that. There, we said it. Normal people will probably love it and its 500x your stake potential.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring