I could start this review with a rendition of the classic tune from the turn of the century, we all know it. But I won’t, as just the mention of it has started it up in your head. My pleasure. NextGen Gaming have taken the classic ditty as inspiration for what is looking to be an engaging and truly entertaining slot.
Presented over a 5x3 setup with a hearty 25 paylines, Teddy Bear Picnic takes you down to the woods with our pastel and slightly twee friends, to see if you can stuff your face and your pockets. So, join the cuddly cartoon bears as they tuck into their picnic in the fantastical forest to that tune you can’t stop singing now.
Looks like a fairy-tale picnic
Imagine how that scene might look, with the mother bear, father bear and baby bears, all sitting round a big cake with tea and hot chocolate singing songs. Well, that is how the high-value symbols look, with each of these things appearing across them at different values.
Low-value symbols are made up of the playing card deck from 10 to Ace. The wild comes in the form of a honeycomb and substitutes all other symbols to form wins, except the scatter. The scatter is a picnic basket and serves to trigger the main features in the game.
The bonuses in the woods
Teddy Bear Wild
A small feature by any standards, but very useful in the scheme of things. After any spin a teddy bear may present himself before the reels, he chucks some honeycomb at the reels and create wilds where the pieces fall. The game then re-evaluates the reels to calculate your resulting prizes.
Everyone loves their free spins. Get three or more of the picnic basket scatters to trigger this one and get an initial eight free spins. Any honeycomb wilds which appear on the reels hold in place for the remaining spins as an extra bonus. Free spins can’t be retriggered in this game.
As per usual the gamble feature pops up after a winning spin, this time giving you the opportunity to double or quadruple the win by guessing the colour and suit of the next card to be turned in the deck. Always one to be careful of, even if it’s seriously tempting.
We liked Teddy Bear Picnic, if you can get past the sickly-sweet pastel design and the fact it looks like a child’s bedtime storybook, you will too. Graphics and soundtrack are top notch, and the bonuses drop with enough frequency to keep serious gamers interested. A good effort from NextGen.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring