Pandamania

Pandamania is a comical animal-themed online slot by NextGen Gaming that was originally released in 2013, but has since been re-released in a mobile-friendly format.


Its madcap plot features a fun-loving panda who has escaped from his enclosure at the local zoo, and you can see him causing havoc on the reels as he ties up the poor zookeeper and goes stealing ice creams and sweets from the visitors while causing wild transformations as he runs around enjoying his new-found freedom.

The Pandamania slot uses five reels and twenty-five paylines, and you can play it with bets of 1p to £50 per spin. It's accompanied by a Pick Me Bonus where you can help the animals escape by picking padlocks to earn instant cash prizes, and a Free Spins Bonus which doubles the value of all wins.

More about the Software Provider

NextGen Gaming, which sometimes goes by the name Next Generation Gaming, is an Australian games studio which develops online gaming software for the international gambling industry. It works with casino and lottery operators, and as of 2011, operates as a subsidiary of NYX Interactive.

NextGen Gaming was founded in 1999 by Tony McAuslan, and has since developed partnerships with a vast number of online casino operators to make its slots and scratch cards available to a global audience. NextGen's slots are much-loved by players due to their high-quality graphical interfaces, quirky themes, and original bonus features, and the most popular of these include Batman, Green Lantern, Foxin' Wins, Doctor Love, Medusa II, and 300 Shields.

Appearance and Sound Effects

The word Pandamania perfectly describes the theme of this NextGen gaming slot as it's all about a panda breaking out of his zoo enclosure and roaming around the park creating havoc and leaving a trail of destruction wherever he goes.

The zoo can be seen in the background along with bunches of children's balloons, waterfalls, animal enclosures, and signs that advise visitors not to feed the residents.

The reels are housed within a bright pink and white striped marquee, and the paytable symbols range from playing card symbols that look like the skins of reptiles and animals, padlocked cages, entrance tickets, and ice cream carts to the gagged and bound zookeeper, the Pandamania logo, and dropped sweets.

Bonuses and Special Features

There's a host of fun features and bonuses to discover in this animal-themed slot, the first of which is the Panda wild. The cuddly black-and-white bear which can be seen busy munching sweets is able to substitute for all symbols with the exception of the scatter. So, he brings with him plenty of extra winning opportunities with every spin.

The Pandamania slogan that is displayed on a wooden sign is the scatter, and it triggers the Free Games Feature whenever it appears three or more times on the same spin. The feature awards ten free games, and any prizes that you earn are doubled. You can re-trigger the feature to gain another ten free games by landing three or more scatters.

The Panda Escape Bonus is a joy to behold, as it involves the furry fugitive randomly lumbering onto the screen to turn any of the symbols that are currently showing on the reels into wilds. Plus, there's more good news because the Panda Escape Bonus appears more frequently in the Free Games Feature.

The final bonus in this game is the Pick Me Bonus, and you can trigger it by getting two of the Padlock "Pick Me" symbols anywhere on the second, third, and fourth reels on the same spin. To begin the feature, simply select one of the three padlocks. Each padlock will reveal an instant win, an instant win, and a second pick, or a "Win All" icon that awards all three padlock prizes.

Paylines/Reels

Pandamania uses five reels, three rows of symbols, and twenty-five non-fixed paylines, and has an average RTP (Return to Player Rate) of 95.533%. The game lets you create winning combinations using matching symbols in succession from the leftmost reel to the rightmost reel.

Mobile Compatibility

The game is designed to work with desktops, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, and includes mobile-friendly game controls when played on mobile devices.

Our Verdict

If you are an animal lover, you'll adore Pandamania as it's one of the craziest, cutest online slots around. And, we defy anyone to crack a smile when they see its comical graphics. There are plenty of fantastic prizes to hunt down among the carnage thanks to the Pick Me Bonus, Free Spins Feature, and Escaped Panda Bonus. In fact, if you're lucky, your trip to the zoo could end with a prize worth three thousand times your bet!