Prowling Panther Basic Information:
There is a reason as to why cats have done so well. Aside from their natural predatory instinct, their overwhelming cuteness has helped establish them as a force in both our homes and the internet. What people don't seem to understand, and haven't for a long time, is that there is a significant different between a domestic house cat and a hunting jungle beast. Prowling Panther is one of those pokies that makes you wonder, how well would I do with cat the size of a large dog? For answers regarding the pokie itself, not around ridiculous hypotheticals, keep reading our review…
This game operates under the use of the IGT gambling software system. IGT, also known as International Game Technology is an utter giant in the industry. They boast that their video slots take up around half of all video poker slots which current exist in physical casinos in the United States, with this being one of their more recent forays into digital gambling. This game was released on the 10th of February, 2015.
The IGT system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from IGT.
Prowling Panther comes with a total of 720 paylines over 5 reels in a 3-4-5-4-3 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 50.0
- The maximum coins bet sits at 1000.0
- Minimum coin size sits a 1.0
- Maximum coins size sits at 20.0
- The return to player offered by this game is 94.09% which is lower than average.
By clicking on the main menu button towards the top-left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with six different options. These are as follows:
- Sound Effects
When toggles this option determines whether sound effects will play in the game.
- Dealer Voice
When toggled this option determines whether the occasional Prowling Panther voice over will comment.
- Ambient Sound
This option toggles ambient noises when clicked.
- High Quality Graphics
This option toggles the best looking graphics when it is clicked. This is an important feature which is often overlooked. Users on older or less powerful devices might want to disable this.
- Full Animations
Acts as the quickspin option of this game. When it is toggles off there is less time spent waiting around for the reels and other animations to play out.
- Fit To Window
This option changes the overall shape of the main game screen to best fit whatever frame it is located in.
These are the options and buttons which are simply linked from the main game screen. These include:
Located up the top-right of the main game screen. When this is clicked the player enters the paytable screen. This section lists all of the various symbol payouts, payline and bonus information.
- Coin Value
This option simply changes the total amount which is bet on each active payline.
The button used to spin the reels.
- Auto Spin
The little blue button located to the lower-right of the main game screen. When clicked this will bring up a simple tab with 5 selections of autospins to play out: 10x,20x,30x,40x, and 50x. Once these have been started they will either finish once the total spins are completed, or when the player manually ends the spins.
- Graphics Quality Spanner Button
This set of options simply allows the player to set their chosen level of graphical fidelity. There are four different levels here: Best, High, Medium and Low. While best will obvious look the best, lower options will perform better on older or less powerful hardware. Keep this in mind if your game slows down. Games tend to get more crash prone the more they struggle to run. A crashed game means no payout, so low can be best in these situations.
Panthers, like most large cats, are far cuter than they are tolerant of being told that they're cute. While telling your house cat that they are adorable might result in purring, doing such a thing to a wild panther is more likely to result in a good old-fashioned mauling. Don't do it, is what we're saying.
Despite commonly being thought of as their own species, what we see as panthers are actually similar variations on two different creatures. In Asia and Africa what we think of as black panthers are, in fact, black coloured leopards. When in the America's, however, what we think of as panthers are black jaguars.
In both of these cases the look is brought on by the melanism in their coats. That is to say while they do actually have the stripes of the rest of their families these are hidden behind their dark colours.
They also, as you might have guessed, like to prowl.
Other Features and Bonuses
As is common with IGT games of the time, this pokie comes with the Multiway Xtra Wins Feature. With this feature extra payouts are given when the same symbol appears in any other positions in adjacent columns. Having the same symbol in the same columns multiplies this win.
The 2x Wild Symbol in this game appears as the above blue and purple icon. This counts as 2 of the winning symbols when part of a MultiWay Xtra win. These can appear on reels 2,3 and 4 only, and can substitute for any symbol except for the free spins.
The free spins bonus symbol in Prowling Panther is this golden panther head. When the player manages to gain a minimum of 5 of these on 5 consecutive reels the player will gain access to the free spins bonus game.
The free spins bonus game in Prowling Panther is won when the player manages to gain a minimum of 5 consecutive bonus symbol within the main game. When this occurs the player will be given a total of 8 free spins. They will also be given a bet multiplier which is equal to 1x the total bet per combination which awards free spins.
When within this game the player is able to trigger additional free spins in the situation where they gain 5 additional bonus symbols over 5 consecutive reels. In this situation the player will be given an additional 8 free spins. The free spins will end when the free spins counter reaches 0, or when the player has managed to complete 256 free spins.
The quantity used as a bet for these games is the same amount which was bet during the round in which these free games were activated.
While the look of the reels and the symbols will change when within this bonus game the only rules which will change are the ones which are listed above.
How to Play:
Basic play for Prowling Panther is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and clicking spin.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins.
Overall Design and Usability:
Jungle based themes, in the world of online pokies, are a dime a dozen. That said, few of these manage to appear as simple, attractive and clean as Prowling Panther. Through a combination of greens and a basic, clutter-free display, this pokie is one of the easiest on the eyes we have yet to review. It might have not the striking reds of some of the other beautiful pokies we have reviewed, but Prowling Panther makes up for this in terms of calming simplicity. This quality extends to many, though not all, of the symbols themselves. Here the animal symbols look fantastic, though the only average looking card symbols do a bit to reduce the quality of this affect.
When it comes to usability this is a game which does well, struggling only in autoplay features. The autoplay here works fine, for what it does, but it lacks the stopping options which are so crucial to intermediate or veteran players, or those without the time to observe every single spin. Aside from this, we have a game that runs very well, and which appeared fully reliable during our testing process. The graphics options here are also fantastic, and something which is often overlooked with even the most modern of current pokie releases.
Where to find it:
IGT aren't as prolific as NetEnt or Microgaming, though they still make quite and impression on those websites which include their use. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer IGT games, if they do then you might be able to find Prowling Panther there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
A very clean looking, and generally very well designed game. Prowling Panther is a pokie which is something we can readily recommend to fans of the theme, as well as newer and intermediate pokie players. What players here need to keep in mind are two main factors. The first is that the game has a relatively low RTP, and the second is that the game does not offer a lot in the way of autoplay stopping options. This means that players without the time or attention to constantly monitor their spins might be a bit left out in the cold.
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