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The Shadow of the Panther... where creatures can be found lurking in the jungle. Hidden in the thick canopy of the heavy vegetation, many simply try to hide and avoid the dangers that can be found on the ground. And yet, some of them hunt their prey from on high, waiting for the right moment to spring an ambush on their enemies.
Shadow of the Panther offers gamblers a 5x3 playing field with 30 flexible paylines, as well as several special features, including a free spins bonus, certain icons that appear super stacked, and a Wild that can substitute for all symbols, except Scatters.
The user interface is fully animated, with all the reels spinning at once at the same time. The visuals certainly are a bit under what you’d usually find on the market, but you can easily make out all the symbols and there’s a few cool animations thrown in as well. Most of the symbols are related to the theme itself, except for some playing card icons like A, K and Q.
As for the symbols that are associated with the theme, you can uncover several jewellery pieces lying around, as well as several pairs of humans, panthers, leopards and cheetahs all lurking in the shadows waiting to pounce on their enemies. A pair of dangerous panther eyes sit in the shadows to mark the game’s Wild, which can appear anywhere and can replace every symbol except the Scatters. Scatters are represented by a golden anthropomorphic panther, and the Scatter is also used to activate the free spins. It can also have two panthers on it at once, which counts as two Scatters in the same reel.
To win the free spins, you have to collect five or more Scatters, a rather sizeable jump over the expected three Scatters. Scatters only appear on the second, third, fourth and fifth reel, leaving you with a maximum of eight Scatters which will reward 15 free spins. The extra turns are played at the same bet as the one that triggered the feature, and there’s no ability to re-trigger it, meaning the feature ends when 0 free spins remain.
When the pair of humans, panthers, leopards or cheetah symbols appear stacked, they can transform into a larger version of the same symbol. This is more of a visual flair thing rather than any improved gameplay.
As we already mentioned, Wilds can replace any other symbol on the reels except the Scatter one. When it is replacing the human, panther, cheetah or leopard icon, it always counts it as their double version instead of the singular one.
None of these special features are particularly amazing by themselves. In fact, it feels a bit more underwhelming compared to Valkyrie Queen as a result. The upsides being that with a lot of double symbols, there’s a bigger winning potential in theory, though it doesn’t always work out.
This High 5 release didn’t quite manage to make it entirely to our hall of fame, unfortunately. It comes with a 94.9% RTP and a maximum payout of 1000x times your wager for a five-of-a-kind Wild score. The visuals aren’t really up to modern expectations, and the gameplay fails to feel as engaging, even if the rewards are a little bit better.
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