Life at the South Pole can be tough and everyone deserves a holiday once in a while. That includes also penguins, who have apparently decided to take a vacation on a tropical island, for a radical change of scenery.
That is at least the premise of Penguin Party, a Casino Technology video slot game that brings these familiar and adorable animals to an unusual setting – and it looks like they are loving it! And perhaps so will you, if you can make the best of Penguin Party and use your knowledge to capitalise on the penguins’ well-deserved holiday under the sun. Some might say this is a play on the famed animated penguins of madagascar, we are going to give CTG the benefit of the doubt and assume they were aiming for a cute animal theme.
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As mentioned earlier, Penguin Party takes place on a tropical island that could very well be Hawaii or any other sunny paradise with long, white sandy beaches.
The background of the game shows exactly that: a vast expanse of sand facing a blue, calm ocean. Some palm trees and giant seashells are the only elements that stand out in this peaceful background. The atmosphere is definitely relaxed, and it is a quite beautiful backdrop for a game.
The music is reminiscent of a traditional Hawaiian melody, quiet and relaxing at the same time. It fits perfectly with the settings of Penguin Party, giving it a believable universe to play in.
The rules are simple and you will have no difficulty following them. The setup consists only of five reels and 20 paylines, which is very standard.
This leaves only a few settings to take care of manually for the player. You can start by setting the coin value with the appropriate red button below the reels, and use the switches right above it to decide how many coins to bet on how many paylines. You can bet a maximum of 25 coins on each of the 20 available paylines, for a maximum bet per spin of 500 coins. Once ready, hit the blue Start button and cross your fingers!
Winning combinations consist of sequences of identical symbols lining up on an activated payline, paying from left to right as always. Try out the optional Gamble game after each winning combination if you want a chance at capitalising on your last earnings. Guess the colour of a hidden card to double your bet, or guess the colour of its suit to quadruple it. Keep on playing as long as you dare, while keeping in mind that a single mistake will terminate the mini game and take away your coins as well.
For players who prefer long gaming session, use the Autoplay function to trigger as many autospins as you like. Then sit back and watch the action unfold before your eyes! You will not be able to play the Gamble mini game while Autoplay is on.
There are nine basic symbols on the paytable of Penguin Party, most of them linked to the heaven-like environment of the game.
The first few symbols are the Jack, Queen, King and Ace: the usual low-paying icons of many slot games. They appear very frequently on the reels.
Next you will find a giant Tuna fish, a colourful Jellyfish, a Killer Whale, a Shark and a friendly-looking Seal. These last symbols are clearly more valuable than the first half of the menu. A five-of-a-kind combination of Seals is worth, for instance, 1,000 times your original bet.
If you are wondering where the Penguins themselves are, search no more. There are three of them, and they are the special symbols of the game.
All three Penguins actually play the same role: they are Wild cards. This means that any of them can replace all the basic symbols listed in the previous section in order to form or extend winning combinations on the activated paylines.
Each Penguin has a specific place. The purple one only appears on the 2nd reel, the yellow one on the 3rd and the 4th reel is home to the blue Penguin. Each one of them can randomly expand to its whole reel, triggering even more rewards! Moreover, if a purple and a blue Penguin appear on their reels simultaneously, you will be awarded a 15 Free Spin Bonus round.
Penguin Party plays the contrast card by sending penguins on holiday on a tropical island. Regardless of their surroundings, the animals are still cute and the abundance of Wilds in the game make it likely that you will score some big combinations.
On the other hand, this game is reminiscent of many other penguin-themed games from this developer, such as Lucky 3 Penguins, with no real gameplay innovation.