The Pink Panther slot game from Playtech is based on the cartoon series and not the movies (neither the ones starring Peter Sellers nor those with Steve Martin), and is a slot which has been packed full of extra features – it’s got 2 progressive jackpots plus a ridiculous 4(!) bonus games for you to trigger.
The game itself is nicely put together, with crisp graphics and animations. The Pink Panther himself is lurking to the left of the gameplay area, and he’ll interact with your wins in various ways – from giving you the thumbs up, to leafing through a wad of cash.
Our play went quite well, there are enough small wins to keep you interested, and when it hits big, it’s a moderately sized payout, but with 40 paylines, if you’re not on the minimum bet per line, this slot has the potential to quickly empty out your gaming wallet if it’s not hitting. The big wins kick in on the bonus rounds, and if you’ve got the wallet for it, they can be very rewarding, but with the random way they are activated, you can hit them all the time, or go an entire session without getting any.
The slot has 40 paylines and the standard 5 reels. The designers have packed in the features – check them all out below.
Scatter – The Pink Panther logo is the scatter symbol, paying from 5 coins for 3 symbols, up to 125 for 5.
Wild – The Pink Panther’s head is used as the wild symbol within the game and is also the highest value symbol too, with a massive 5,000 for a winning combination of 5 of these. It substitutes for any symbol apart from the scatter.
Bonus – Unusually, there are no bonus symbols. Instead, the various bonus games are triggered randomly during gameplay. These are as follows:-
- Pink Pow – Not a bonus game as such, but also randomly triggered, here the Pink Panther will explode a number of symbols to give you additional wilds. This appears to be the most frequently activated random feature.
- Crack the Pink Code – There are 10 safes that appear on the screen, which you have to open to win free spins, a multiplier or an expanding wild that will appear on reel 3. You get to keep opening safes until Louie hands you a stick of dynamite, at which point you blow up and are returned to the main game. The expanding wild is pretty useful and can activate several paylines at once for a decent win.
- The Colour Pink – This bonus game sees you painting a fence (and no, it’s not the Karate Kid). You are up against Louie who is trying to paint it blue, whilst you try to paint it pink. You get 3 attempts, and your multiplier is dependent on the pink numbers at the end of the process. After each attempt, you can choose to re-paint or collect. There is a maximum total multiplier of 36 should you manage to get the entire wall painted pink – but this would seem unlikely.
- Wheel of Pink – Here you have a wheel of fortune that you’ll get to spin, with the number you land on being the multiplier that is applied to your initial bet. A secondary wheel in the interior decides if you get a re-spin of the main wheel, or if it’s time for you to collect. The main wheel has multipliers that range from x5 up tp x9! A good streak here can give you a nice sized win.
- Pink Trail – In this bonus, you play Inspector Clouseau, looking for the Pink Panther diamond – find It and you’ll double the overall prize, whilst fall into a trap and you’ll halve it. As you follow the tracks, each footprint has a multiplier attached to it which is applied in total to the value of the bet that got you the bonus round. A random number generator will decide how many steps you get to take, and after each set is completed (assuming you don’t find the diamond, or fall into a trap), you can choose to collect or continue. This can be a very generous bonus round – when we played it, we got all the way to the end, and found the diamond – earning in total a massive x100 multiplier on our original bet!
Progressive Jackpots – The Pink Panther slot has 2 progressive jackpots associated with it – Major and Minor.
Gamble – Here you need to pick a higher card than the dealer out of 3. You can choose to either collect, double half, or double your winnings. You can keep going for as long as you feel lucky!
Great slot & very entertaining, but you’ll need deep pockets to hit the bonus games, which is where the big wins are to be found.