Min bet $0.10
Max bet $125
Max Win bet x 2430
Game provider Yggdrasil
Release Date 7/2018
Game Technology HTML5
Min bet $0.10
Max bet $125
Max Win bet x 2430
Gamble Feature Paylines from both sides, Sticky re-spins, Sticky wilds, Walking wilds, Stacked wilds
Devices Desktop, Mobile
Configurable Winlines No
Progressive Jackpot No
Penguin City explores the city completely run by penguins and the desperate struggle of one of them to escape the rule of the Emperor Penguin through their restaurant!
This slot is set in a strange place where penguins are in charge and there’s an entire city filled with them! They don’t just do exciting things though, there are also penguins that need to do the cooking. And that’s where you come in.
In this Yggdrasil slot released in 2018, we take on the role of an overworked and underpaid cook penguin who works under the yolk of the Emperor Penguin that rules the shop with an iron fist. With 243 ways to win on the 5-reel, 3-row playing field surely there is some way to escape this predicament.
The game is set in a bustling Asian-looking city with a focus on a Chinese food restaurant. The background shows a busy shopping street with different penguins wandering past. There are all sorts of different details that bring the setting to life, with cockroaches scurrying on the counter, soy sauce dripping down and flies circling the lights. I found it to help immensely in creating a believable setting, even as penguins walked by!
The different symbols in Penguin City are all of a high quality even though the low-paying symbols are simple card suits. The high-paying symbols are original and created specifically for the game, but they aren’t animated. They only rotate a bit when they’re part of a winning payline. It does help in seeing what symbols make up a win, however.
From highest to lowest they are:
I found the symbols to be distinct enough to keep them apart, and the Wilds are engulfed in flame to make it really obvious they showed up.
Penguin City is a rather simple slot when it comes to the features and it doesn’t have too many. The important features are:
Because of the 243 ways to win and the paylines from both sides, it has a Low Volatility which I agree with. I saw regular but smaller wins during my time playing, sometimes accentuated with a big win during the Penguin Escape Mode. The Sticky Wilds and Re-Spins also helped a lot.
The game doesn’t really leave the base game at all, even though the Penguin Escape Mode is technically a bonus game. It functions almost exactly the same as the base game except for the chance that the Emperor Penguin Stacked Wild appears on reel 3. This Stacked Wild then drops down the rows each spin until it disappears off the screen. I had it happen once I had 2 Stacked Wilds in a row, but this does not happen often!
I found the game’s features to work pretty well but the switch from the base game to the Penguin Escape Mode would feel a little jagged. It would happen quite often that the game would switch over to the other mode with a splash screen, the re-spin would spin without a win and then it’d switch back to the base game. I found that to slow down the pace of the game.
Penguin City is a strange but endearing slot that tries to create a classic slot experience while adding some more modern features. This way it could appeal to both classic players as well as people looking for something new.
I think it succeeds at this fairly well. The game looks gorgeous as I’ve come to expect from Yggdrasil. It has a lot of animations and movement, enforcing the idea we’re watching penguins living their life in a city. The idea of escaping the Emperor Penguin is barely explored and really only made obvious through a splash screen with text and the name of the Penguin Escape Mode. Even then, we don’t actually see any Penguins escape successfully. I was expecting a free spins mode or a bonus game where a penguin actually escaped but that was never part of the game.
The game’s low volatility combined with the ability to choose a bet between $0.10 and $125 helped in keeping my funds high, although I found it worked a lot better with a lower bet per spin. There is a max. win of 2,430x your bet which is pretty good considering the volatility. Still, on average you can expect a frequent supply of low value wins.
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