Benny the Panda is a very cute 5 reels, 30 payline mobile slot. It even has 2 progressive jackpots. It’s a shame it’s so… OMI Gaming.
If you’ve read our OMI casino game software review, you’ll know we are not huge fans. If you want to know our quarrels with this mobile casino game supplier, read our review, we won’t repeat ourselves here for the sake of avoiding repetition.
Benny the Panda mobile slot is probably the best of a very average bunch, saved mostly by the fact that we really quite like the theme. Unlike most ‘far east’ themes, this one has pretty cute sounds and graphics that bounce and spin across the screen. The bamboo forest around the Chinese temple brings a light vibrant feel to the slot. Benny himself, pops up from under the symbol to almost ‘Peek-a-boo’ any wins coming you way.
He is the symbol you’ll most be on the lookout for, as five of him and you’ll trigger the maxi jackpot. However with a return to player rate of 91.51% this low volatility mobile slot is purely for show. Sure it pays out, but the chances of a big win are very low, as that’s one of the lowest return to player rates we’ve seen on a mobile slot, other than other OMI games. Chances of you walking away from this slot satisfied are slim.
This cute little teddy bear has one other saving grace which brings it out from the darkness, and that’s the free spins round triggered by a dragon straight out of a Disney movie. Not only does this feature trigger often, but we’ve re-triggered it more than once during the free spins bonus round, allowing for larger wins. Here is where you might get some of your bets back. Here this mobile slot is allowed room to breath, with each spin taking up the whole room and for a precious 10 to 20 spins, you finally feel like this is a decent entertaining mobile slot.
However, then reality bites and you are back in the base game, with awkward controls and wins that barely cover your bet. It’s not all bad to be sure, and it can be profitable if you hit those free spins early where you might walk away with more in your wallet than you walked in. At that point we would recommend you head off to a mobile video slot with a higher chance of entertainment, like Starburst or Spanish Eyes, or higher chance of a larger payout, like Gonzo’s Quest or The Great Blue.
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|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Jackpot amount||Progressive Jackpot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 30 Paylines|
|Coins range||0.01 - 0.05|
|Min/Max bet||0.30 / 15|
|Free spins||30 Free Spins / No Mulitpliers|
|Bonus rounds||Wilds, Scatters & Free Spins|
Wild: The Chinese Temple is the wild symbol, substituting for all symbols except scatter and multiplying any wins by 2. It also has the highest payout of the whole game, with five symbols getting you 1,000 coins.
Scatters: The dragon symbol is the scatter, get 3, 4 or 5 and you'll get 10, 20 or 30 free spins. This is by far the best bonus feature of the game which thankfully triggers often. No multipliers, but easily re-trigger more free spins within the feature itself.
Benny & the Jackpots: The jackpots, mini or maxi, are a few thousands each, decent but not huge. That said, winning 10 or 20 thousands would certainly make our week, so let's not get too blasé about it. Get five Benny's on a winning payline and you get the maxi jackpot, four Benny will get you the mini jackpot. Simple but achievable.
The theme is cute and any mobile slot with a progressive jackpot is always one we like to pay special attention to. However with such a low payout rate and frustrating game play, the chances of getting any kind of satisfying win on Benny the Panda mobile slots, never mind a jackpot, are pretty slim.
Thankfully this slot is saved by a great free spins bonus feature that might not hit very hard, but it hits frequently, breaking the monotony of the main game and giving you brief hope for a bigger win.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 3, 2018 - Rating