Play Pandora's Box Online Casino Slots for Free or Real Money
Pandora's box is a legend that most of us have heard of at some stage. The box was actually a big jar, which legend says must never be opened because it contained all the evils in the world. Pandora was said to be the fist woman on earth according to the legend. That's not a bad concept for a slot machine and it is good to see.
It’s difficult to imagine what the world would look like had the Pandora decided against opening the box packed with all kinds of evils. While many fingers point at her as the only culprit for releasing sickness, greed, pain, envy and even war and death upon the world, it is conveniently forgotten that Prometheus was the goody-goody who started the avalanche of doom in the first place, by deliberately disobeying Zeus’s direct orders and presenting human race with fire, even after Zeus specifically asked him not to.
Punishing insubordinate Prometheus was not enough and Zeus arranged a marriage between Prometheus’s brother and Pandora, giving her the infamous box as the wedding present. In Pandora’s Box slot, NetEnt is capturing the very moment when Pandora is slyly opening the box, without suspecting the upcoming catastrophe. Apart from the featuring character - Pandora herself - the slot includes Zeus as the wild and the Helmet, Vase, Harp, Shield, Grapes, and Olives as they higher level icons.
The slot is played on 20 adjustable paylines, with 4 betting levels and the coin size that ranges from $0.01 to $1.00. Clicking on the Max Bet button will unlock all 20 paylines and wager 4 coins per line. The actual coin value will remain unchanged until the player sets the coins size manually.
Auto Play icon can be located in the left bottom corner and the player can use the feature to activate up to 1000 auto spins which can be stopped manually or by setting up the parameters that will halt the auto mode – these could be either Free Spins or a specified cash amount won/lost. The return to player percentage is on a lower side - which can be regarded as one of the world’s many evils – and the extended gameplay is expected to return around 95%.
Pandora’s Box slot has two Wilds, regular and golden. The Golden Zeus Wild appears on the centre reel, while the standard Wild can land anywhere on the reels. Both of the icons can replace all other slot symbols except for the Pandora Scatter.
Scatter symbol is the bet multiplier and the combination of 5 Pandora icons will increase the bet by x500. At least three Scatter icons will trigger 10 Free Spins while a combination of 4 and 5 Scatters will double or triple the number of extra spins.
If the return to player percentage is an important factor for you, then Pandora’s Box will not make your final cut, as 95% RTP is not at all that impressive.
Unfortunately, the poor payouts are not compensated by challenging bonus features and NetEnt decided that Free Spins are a sufficient reward for your effort – the silver lining is that all winnings generated during the bonus spins are multiplied by 3. The blow of disappointment of slightly soften by introducing the additional Wild, but we are sure that a lot of players would rather see an extra bonus feature or a higher RTP rate. The design of the slot is also far from impressive, although this is hardly an aggravating circumstance since Pandora’s Box was released back in 2009.
Pandora’s Box is definitely not a memorable slot but fortunately, NetEnt is a software developer that’s strong enough to afford a few failures along the way. While there are a few shiny moments throughout the game, such as Free Spins multipliers and the extra Wild icon, the end result is too weak to make a lasting impression.
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