Penguin City is a 243-way, five-reel, three-row video slot featuring penguins. With Win all Ways, there are no paylines and the game rewards both ways. A winning combination is formed when three or more identical symbols appear in a row, either left to right or right to left. It may be enjoyed on anything from a €0.10 to a €125 gadget.
The events of Penguin City, set in a Chinese restaurant, revolve around three penguins who are relegated to doing the filthiest jobs in the kitchen. They are continuously plotting their escape from the master chef’s bullying. The Chinese lanterns hang serenely in the wind as penguins amble around the restaurant on the animated backdrop. Fantastic job!
It nearly seems as if the slot has been influenced by Dreamwork’s renowned Penguins of Madagascar.
Urban Symbols of Penguins
There are 9 standard icons, 1 wild (which sticks) and 1 Emperor Penguin (which can appear just once). Wooden suits of cards stand in for lower values, while boxes of noodles, soy sauce, cooking pots, noodle soup, and chopping knives all feature prominently as high-paying icons, with the noodlebox paying 10x for 5 along an active payline.
Amenities of Penguin Town
Instead of a standard free spins round, the highlight of Penguin City is the Penguin Escape Mode, which is activated if a Wild occurs on either the second or fourth reel during a winning spin. Until the Escape mode’s respin feature produces a losing spin, this sticky wild will remain in place.
After each spin in Escape Mode, the player has a chance to obtain either an extra Sticky Wild on the second or fourth reel, or a winning symbol on the third reel. In addition, the Emperor Stacked Wild appears sometimes, travels down the reels by one position with each spin, and provides almost unending respin opportunities until it disappears.
Penguins Get Away
When you win with a wild sign in the regular game, you can play Penguin Escape.
Unless the Penguin Emperor is present, during each spin one penguin will attempt to flee.
If the Penguin makes it onto the reels, one of two things will occur: When a victory occurs, a sticky wild is added to reel 2 or 4, and when a loss occurs, a win is created by swapping symbols on reel 3.
If you raise your wager, the sticky wilds disappear and the Penguin escape mechanism is disabled.
If the Penguins don’t win, their “escape mode” is over as well.
A Stack of Wild Emperor Penguins
On reel three of Penguin escape mode, you’ll see the Emperor Penguin.
He is made up of three wild symbols aligned vertically.
When he appears on the reels, you can be sure you’ll win.
Each time the reels spin, the Penguin Emperor’s wild symbol will move down one position until he is no longer visible.
Final Thoughts on Penguin Town
Penguin City is a visual marvel there is no doubt about it. It’s a bad the power source isn’t quite as impressive, though. Instead of a standard free-spins round, the Penguin Escape Mode is commonly activated to keep things moving along. The Golden Monkey slot machine, also developed by Yggdrasil, has a similar function.
With a return to player percentage of 96.2% and a maximum win of just 1647 times the stake, this game falls into the low to medium volatility category. Despite the minimal volatility, the game is nevertheless entertaining and offers some intrigue. We’ll confess that it’s one of the most amusing low-paying slot machines we’ve tried recently.