Shadow of the Panther Slot
The Shadow of the Panther slot is a mysterious one featuring a human character living in amongst a variety of cats, including leopards, jaguars and of course, the panther.
The human has slightly taken on the appearance of the cats, with piercing green eyes and three scratch marks on either cheekbone – whether he has become cat-like because of his Tarzan-like association with the animals, or whether he is actually half human -half cat is open to question!
This popular real money slot enjoys both the super stacks and the split symbol systems that are a feature of many of the High 5 range, leading to both regular and potentially big payouts.
Shadow of the Panther Slot Gameplay
This feline themed slot is played out on something of a standard five reel setup with 30 pay lines, each of the reels showing the usual three symbols,. However, this is where the game changes, as the two distinct base game features really give this game a difference.
Firstly you’ll find the ‘Super Stacks’ system in place. Before each spin one of the symbols from the slot is chosen at random and this, as well as appearing as often as it normally would on the reels, will also fill all of the ‘mystery’ slots, making it by far the most common, stacked throughout all of the reels. This can lead to a lot of wins with this one symbol, as it can fully cover the majority of the reels at times.
Secondly you have the Split Symbol system. The four highest paying symbols at the game, being the cat-like man, the jaguar, the leopard and the panther, all have the ability to be split, meaning that you’ll see two images within one symbol. These two images will count twice towards the pay table and this is why you’ll see that the payouts at the slot go all the way up to 10 in a row for these four symbols. The highest paying of these is the man, worth 300 coins for the maximum ten, while the jaguar pays 250 coins and the other cats both pay 175 coins.
These are joined by standard symbols which cannot be split – these being three different brooches with brightly colored cats eyes designed gems embedded into the pattern and the playing card letters A, K and Q, these six symbols offering between 10 and 8 coins for the maximum 5 in a row.
With both the Super Stacks and the Split symbols in place, the wild symbol becomes more important, possibly enabling a huge amount of additional wins. This wild shows the title of the slot, with two fearsome eyes peeking out between the letters and will substitute for any other symbol on the reels apart from the scatter. Should this wild substitute for any of the four key ‘split’ symbols, it will actually represent a split symbol itself and therefore count as double towards the pay table. As an additional bonus, this symbol pays out a very impressive 1,000 coins should you land the maximum five in a row.
The game is impressive looking, with a dark, brooding feel. The backdrop shows a jungle scene at night, the green of the jungle silhouetted in places against the dark sky. The symbols are designed well, the best of which is perhaps the Jaguar, who fixes you in his gaze as he stares out from the reels. The only thing missing from the slot is an equally moody soundtrack, although you do hear a roar from the cats when you land a win with any of them, which helps.
Shadow of the Panther Slot Feature
The final symbol on the reels is a golden tomb holding a mummy, which has the head of a cat and the body of a human. This is the scatter symbol and makes an appearance on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 only. This symbol can also be a split one and if you can land four split symbols for a total of eight on these 4 reels, you’ll win 15 free games. 5, 6 or 7 scatters will win you 5, 7 or 10 free games respectively. For a free spins round, this is a fairly standard one, with no added multipliers.
Shadow of the Panther Slot Conclusion
This mysterious, High 5 Games designed slot is a solid, entertaining game. The combination of both the split symbols and the super stacks gives the game a very different feel to your usual slot, where wins can come both thick and fast. The only small criticism of the slot is the fact that the feature has no marked difference to the base game.