Nextgen Gaming released Pandamania, a video slot game, in
November 2014. The game uses active animations on several levels
to enhance the player experience. The game setting is a zoo
where a Panda has managed to escape from its cage and is now
running amok among the exhibits and scenery.
Pandas (more properly, Giant Pandas) are a species of bear
native to south central China. Their striking black and white
fur is recognized around the world. The Panda is even used as a
mascot or trademark for various products and services across the
globe (although many are probably using the Urdu surname Panda).
The name is believed to be a western conflation of the Nepalese
phrase “nigalya ponya”, which means “eater of bamboo”. Bamboo is
the primary food eaten by Giant Pandas in the wild.
Giant Pandas are distinguished from Lesser Pandas, small
creatures resembling raccoons who were once believed to be
relatives of the Giant Pandas. We now know that is not true.
Although classified as an endangered species, Giant Pandas are
kept in 18-20 zoos around the world and they are much loved by
the public. Pandamania plays on the popularity of the zoo-bound
Pandas with a very appropriate zoo setting.
Pandamania uses a random Panda Escape Bonus in addition to
two others plus Nextgen Gaming’s trademark post-spin Gamble
option. The game offers a theoretical return to player of
95.533%, which is pretty good compared to most other slot games.