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We’ve seen Penguins become an increasingly popular theme, due in part to the popular 2014 animated film Penguins of Madagascar. Other titles include Penguin Splash from Rabcat and Penguin Pays from Aristocrat.

This time it’s Cayetano who have taken on the theme and we’re pleased to say that they’ve done a pretty good job. Clearly directly inspired by the film, this is a 5 reel game with 243 ways to win, which is the terminology Cayetano appear to prefer rather than giving a number of fixed winning paylines. We don’t blame them, it does sound impressive.

You’ll find some high quality graphics here accompanying some adorable little penguin characters. If you liked the film or penguins in general then this slot is definitely for you.

Take to the Ice for Some Cute Penguin Fun

We were immediately impressed with the graphics of this game; they’re very high quality and look much like the animated film itself. The characters have also been well designed and also look very similar to those from the film, with a pretty female penguin, a small one with a silly hat and goggles and a handsome leading male penguin, designed to look like the Emperor Penguins made famous by the documentary film narrated by Morgan Freeman.

The backdrop to the reels is the view from the ice, a pleasantly rippling sea and of course much more ice. The penguins themselves are positioned along the top of the reels, which are also surrounded by ice and the usual character symbols have an effect which makes them look like they’re carved from ice.

The only thing which jars a little here is the music, though admittedly we’re not sure what music you should choose for a penguin theme. The music they’ve chosen is just very cheesy and 90s keyboard in style. When the reels move you’re greeted with appropriate icy clunks, so it’s just the soundtrack itself we’re not sure about. Overall, great attention to detail and excellent graphics.

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Low RTP Rate

This is a 5 reel format with 243 ways you can win. Stakes range from 0.25 to 250.00, which would be your total bet as there is no option to adjust the number of paylines.

The top prize is 500 coins, however the RTP rate is a relatively low 93.08% which means you’re going to get a slightly smaller return on your money than some other slots which pass the 97% mark.

There are tons of special symbols and extra features to wrap your head around here, so it’s worth taking some time to examine the ‘pay table’ section where all these features are laid out.

We’ll start with the Special Symbols, which include ice block Wild, which substitutes for all other symbols apart from Instant Win and stacks randomly during the game. The Instant Win symbol is a diamond and when landed, awards a multiplier of up to 50x your stake. Finally, the Bonus Letter symbol allows you to collect letters to form the word Penguins, thereby triggering the Free Spins bonus games. The usual symbols consist of penguins and generic characters, their prizes are detailed in the pay table below, given as coin values when staking $/£/€1.00.

Symbol
x2
x3
x4
10 or J
0.2
0.4
1
Q
0.2
0.6
1.2
K
0.4
0.8
1.2
A
0.4
1
1.4
Penguin with scarf
6
3
6
Penguin with hat
1
5
10
Penguin with medal
2
10
20
Lady Penguin
3
15
30
Emperor Penguin
4
20
40
Ice Block Wild
25
50
100

Bonus Rounds Need Patience

Besides the Instant Win symbol and randomly stacking Wild, the best feature on offer here are the bonus free spin rounds, which are activated when you’ve collect all 8 of the Bonus Letter symbols to complete the word Penguins. It took us over 300 spins to reach these rounds so some patience is required! The Free Spins bonus rounds include five different functionalities:

  • Sticky Wilds: Wilds stick for bigger wins.
  • Icy Explosion: Winning symbols are replaced with more free symbols.
  • Spin Multipliers: Each win is multiplied by the next number, so the first x1, the second x2 etc.
  • Big Viral Wilds: The reels expand to give 1024 winning combinations and more wilds are available.
  • Spinning Wilds: As long as a Wild appears on the reels, the free spins continue.
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      In terms of design, we absolutely love this game; the graphics are excellent quality, the characters are really cute and the animation is very well done.

      We enjoyed playing this for quite a few spins however we were a bit disappointed at how long it takes to reach the bonus rounds, players will need to really commit some time to unlock those features. The RTP rate is also a little on the low side at 93.08%. However, well designed game that we enjoyed playing.

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