Remember the immensely popular Pac-Man video game from the early 1980s? Well, our munching hero returns in this retro-style tribute video slot from provider Ainsworth. Get ready to gobble up those power pills and chase those pesky ghosts with full wild reels, an exciting bonus game and also an illustrious chance of landing one of four jackpots.
Pac – Man: Wild Edition is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 25 pay lines, which will expand to nine rows and 75 lines in the free spins. There are also an additional set of horizontal reels, only one row high above the normal reel strips, these contain Pac-Man, ghost and key symbols which are used to trigger the bonus game. Power pill munchers can spin this slot from a minimum bet of 0.50 credits up to a maximum stake of 20.00 credits. The RTP of this low to medium variance game is set at a rather low 94.20%. Autoplay fans might be somewhat disappointed as the game allows a maximum of 25 consecutive spins only.
The visuals on Pac-Man Wild Edition take you back to the good old times when you stood in front of the original video games cabinet with the block graphics in the background giving it an authentic feel. On top of the game window sit the horizontal reel as well as the four displays for the four jackpots. The old soundtrack has been included in the design and further enhanced with reel and win count noises.
The usual card royals 9 through to As represent the lower end of the paytable, awarding wins of up to 0.6x the bet for a five of a kind. The more valuable symbols are Pac Man’s enemies, namely the ghosts in pink, orange, purple and red colours as well as an electrified ghost, the latter returning 1x your stake for a five of a kind win. The wild symbol is represented by Pac Man himself with just 2x for lining up on a pay line. The scatter symbol is a power pellet.
On top of the game window sits a horizontal extra reel that contains three symbols only – Pac-Man wild, bonus key and no-win symbols. The Pac-Man will expand vertically to turn the entire reel below into a wild symbol while three keys will award the bonus game.
Three or more power pellet scatters trigger the feature with 8 free spins, which can be retriggered. The game window will expand to nine rows and 75 pay lines. Pac-Man wilds appearing on the top row will expand to cover all 9 positions on the reel.
Three keys on the middle positions of the top reel in the base game will trigger the Pac-Man Big Wheel feature. A giant reel appears on the screen, containing bet multipliers of 2, 3, 5, 10 and 15 as well as Extra Chance. The bonus game ends when it lands on the multiplier.
During the Extra Chance feature, the reel changes the outcomes to x10, x20, x 30, x50 bet multipliers as well as Mini, Minor, Major and Grand jackpot. The reel spins one time and the prize stopping on the arrow will be awarded.
Pac-Man: Wild Edition is not a slot just for retro fans as it is truly entertaining to play and has a good win potential. What we didn’t like, was the low RTP as that is below the industry average by two percentage points. May not sound much, but it has quite an impact on how long a gaming balance will last.