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Panda Empire


Panda Empire

This game is the launch title for the new AGS Spectra UR43 Premium cabinet, with a 43-inch monitor topped by a synchronized animation display.

The base game is a five-reel video slot available in three different payline configurations, each tied to denomination—50 lines in penny and 2-cent denominations, 25 lines at 5 cents and 10 cents, 10 lines at 50-cent and dollar denominations.

The game features frequent bonus events, with the main panda character and all the themed versions of the panda adding punch to the bonuses.

Three or more fireworks symbols trigger five free spins. During the free spins, the panda character on the large main screen will dip into the bowl of coins he is holding and throw them down to the middle reels to add either wild symbols or cash-on-reels symbols.

In either a primary-game spin or during the free spin bonus, lining up any combination of six (for .01, .02, .05 or .10 denomination) or five (.50 and $1 denominations) cash-on-reels symbols and/or “Panda Upgrade” symbols triggers the Panda Empire hold-and-re-spin feature. It starts out with what you would expect from a hold-and-re-spin bonus. The cash-on-reels and Panda Upgrade symbols lock in place, and the reels re-spin, starting with three re-spins. Every time another of the triggering symbols lands, the spin meter resets.

There are six panda symbols that can land during the Panda Empire bonus event. The Empress Panda and the Super Empress Panda add credit values to some or all of the reel spots. The Villager Panda expands the reel array by one row, up to a maximum of eight rows of symbols across the five reels, creating more chances for cash-on-reels and other awards. The Emperor and Super Emperor Pandas repeat the wins for one or all spins, respectively. The Warrior Panda adds an additional base spin value to the feature—from three to four, four to five, and so on.

There are two other possible symbols that can land in the hold-and-re-spin event, and these symbols unlock the game’s four jackpots—Mini and Minor static jackpots that scale with denominations, and Major and Grand progressives that reset at $1,000 and $8,000, respectively. These jackpots are triggered by landing one of two treasure chest symbols during the Panda Empire bonus. The “8” treasure chest contains all four jackpots, and the “Super 8” treasure chest contains only the Major and Grand progressives, the two top prizes.

Manufacturer: AGS
Platform: Spectra UR43 Premium
Format: Five-reel, 10-line, 25-line or 50-line video slot
Max Bet: 10, 400, 750
Denomination: .01, .02, .05, .10, .50, 1.00
Top Award: Progressive; $8,000 reset
Hit Frequency: 28.95%
RTP Range: 86%-94%

Frank Legato is editor of Global Gaming Business magazine. He has been writing on gaming topics since 1984, when he launched and served as editor of Casino Gaming magazine. Legato, a nationally recognized expert on slot machines, has served as editor and reporter for a variety of gaming publications, including Public Gaming, IGWB, Casino Journal, Casino Player, Strictly Slots and Atlantic City Insider. He has an B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of the books, How To Win Millions Playing Slot Machines... Or Lose Trying, and Atlantic City: In Living Color.  

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