Snowy scenes and jolly jingles can really start to grate on you when playing winter inspired real cash slots; just because there’s snow topped mountains doesn’t mean the theme has to be festive. As if taking on board our various cries for help, World Match has created The Pinguizz HD.
This 25 paylines slot may be frosty on the outside, but inside its 5-reels there’s a cute dysfunctional family of penguins, working their way towards top prizes and considerable payouts. As if that wasn’t enough, the whole package is delivered in glorious high definition, with quirky animated tiles to help bring the features of the game to life.
Simplistic this isn’t, and so those looking for basic 3 reels and no frills need not punt – this isn’t a game for you. But if you love the plumpness of these arctic creatures, and would like to get your flippers on a base payout of 500 credits, as well as a bonus round, you need to show this family some green.
This family isn’t about to do anything mundane or boring, for they crave adventure and excitement too much, a bit like us really. And so the feature game is based on their version of the Olympics, but not just any sport, the sport of diving. Most fitting for penguins, wouldn’t you agree?
Every member of the group (of which there’s five) will perform some kind of dive, with the judges giving the contestants a mark out of 10 - some of those marks will come with rewards, should that penguin impress spectators. It’s a lively means of making what could be a rather dull setup exciting again. That being said, this round isn’t nearly as immersive as we had anticipated.
Getting to the bonus round itself is the tricky part here, for the symbols don’t appear to come up all that often; we got many matches of two, but never three or over. What this means, besides the fact that Lady Luck was nowhere to be seen, is that the volatility is medium to high. In short, you’re going to have a bumpy ride to those Olympic Games.
Before we write this game off, there’s the free spins to get involved with, and these happen to be some of the most generous of helpings that we’ve seen. They’ll light up your grid, bringing between 15 and 60 games, depending on how many of the corresponding tiles you manage to match in a combo.
Even at its lowest point, 15 games can give you more than enough time to claw your way back from the brink if you’ve been struggling up until now. That being said, you won’t be able to win any additional spins, and so you have to make the number you obtain count; not exactly easy when you have The Pinguizz helping you out.
Sometimes slot machines can alter their prizes depending on how much you bet, a system that a lot of budget gamers loathe to see, but with this WM title, you don’t have to worry about that happening. All the amounts you see upon the paytable remain the same, they’re essentially frozen into place for your convenience. And so that base payout of 500 credits can potentially be yours with a pay-in of just 0.01!
Remember, though, the landscape in this part of the world is a harsh one, so getting five of the highest valued symbol isn’t going to be instantaneous. We suggest wrapping up warm, preferably in thermals, and playing it out for as long as you’ve got money to spare.
There’s something so heartwarming about this game, even despite it being set within an icy landscape, covered in snow. Maybe it’s the fact that there’s cute and cuddly penguins, or maybe because we can see aspects of our family reflected in this animated one? Whatever the reason, The Pinguizz HD works well as a novelty slot.
There’s obviously the issue of low variance, but seeing as a bonus game and free spins have been included, users can’t grumble too much. After all, a lot of slots just provide you with looks and then leave you with a boring paytable; you won’t be stranded like that here, even if the experience is a still a limited one.