Panda Pow is a slot by Lightning Box first released in 2017, which rides on the back of the success of the Kung Fu Panda franchise by offering a slot based around a cuddly panda with kung fu expertise.
The slot has a traditional Chinese theme, with oriental music playing in the background while players spin reels of fans, koi carp, and Chinese coins to line up matching symbols and win.
This slot is a paylines slot with 25 fixed paylines. Players can bet anything from 25p to $/€/£500, and wins are made when combinations of symbols land across paylines on the reels. The highest paying symbol in the slot is the panda chewing bamboo, who pays between 2x and 500x the bet for between one and five symbols on the reels. Koi payout between 5x and 200x the bet for two to five symbols on a line, while Chinese coins payout up to 100x the bet for five symbols.
Panda Pow’s special features are all about the Free Spins mode. Free Spins are unlocked when players land five or more Scatter symbols anywhere on the reels, up to a maximum of nine Scatters. Five Scatters unlock five free games, while nine Scatters unlock a whopping 20 free games on Panda Pow. During Free Spins, stacked Wild gold pandas will be added to reels two, three, four, and five to make big wins even more likely. Free Spins can also be retriggered during the bonus round. This is a simple, common special feature but it’s well-executed and offers some good wins.
Panda Pow runs well across all devices, whether iOS or Android. If you prefer to play slots while out and about, Panda Pow is a good choice. It looks good on smartphones and tablets, animations are well rendered and the game loads quickly.
Panda Pow offers a return to player of 95.51%, which is a little below average for a slot of this type but not too bad. This figure means that for every $100 players spend on the reels, they can expect to win back around $95.51. It’s a low-medium variance slot, which means wins come in fairly frequently, making this a good choice of slot for casual players looking for a game they can drop in and out of. Overall, your chances of winning at Panda Pow aren’t bad and you shouldn’t let this put you off if you love playing the slot.
Panda Pow is a cute slot with a nice theme; it’s great to see Lightning Box design a slot which diverges from the classic Chinese slot theme by adding pandas and martial arts into the mix. While there aren’t tons of special features on offer here, that’s no big deal: the Free Spins round is done well, and it keeps gameplay simple for players who don’t like too many bells and whistles. There’s nothing groundbreaking about Panda Pow, but it’s a fun slot and well worth a try.