On July 24, 2018, Yggdrasil Gaming launched Penguin City, cashing in on the trendy penguin theme. Yggdrasil has several wild animal-themed slot games, including Seasons (March 2016), Jungle Books (September 2017), Golden Fish Tank (February 2016), and Reef Run (October 2014). Examples of the games that Penguin City competes with are: Penguin Style from EGT, Penguin Splash from Rabcat Gambling, Penguin Pays from Aristocrat, and Penguin Vacation by PlayPearls.
“Penguin City” is a fictitious city, which is inhabited by unwilling penguins and administered by the untouchable Emperor Penguin; his administrative policies are harsh as it involves enslaving his fellow penguins. Penguin City players aim for three, four, or five winning combinations.
Penguin City Game Characteristics
Penguin City, whose volatility rating is 29%, has a 5X3 grid; this is not the only Yggdrasil game lacking the usual pay lines because Big Blox (August 2016) is non-pay line too; Penguin City players do win in 243 unique ways (from right to left, and vice versa) when 3+ similar symbols are on more than three reels, successively.
Out of the eleven Penguin City symbols, there are five high-paying symbols namely: a penguin-branded box, a glass spice jar, a hot pot cooker with green boiling soup, a mixing bowl, and a chopping board.
The four low-paying symbols: a red hearts suit, a purple spades suit, a green clubs suit, and a blue diamonds suit. Penguin City has two special symbols: an ordinary “Wild” and the so-called “Stacked Emperor Wild” (a penguin holding two chef’s knives).
Penguin City’s first page mentions the wilds-creating runaway penguins, challenges the players to assist penguins running away from Emperor Penguin’s cruelty, states that players can win more than X1500 of their staked amount, and reminds about the possibility of winning from right to left and from left to right.
Penguin City’s interface has the following coin value options: $0.004, $0.01, $0.02, $0.03, $0.04, $0.05, $0.07, $0.10, $0.16, $0.20, $0.30, $0.50, $0.70, $1.00, $2.00, $3.00, $4.00, and $5.00. The total bets for Penguin City are: $0.10 (a minimum bet), $0.25, $0.50, $0.75, $1.00, $1.25, $1.75, $2.5, $4.00, $5.00, $7.5, $12.5, $17.50, $25.00, $50.00, $75.00, $100.00, and $125.00 (a maximum bet).
These are the Penguin City payouts for the three, four, and five winning combinations, respectively. The penguin-branded box X25, X50, and X250. The glass spice jar offers X20, X40, and X200. The hot pot cooker gives X15, X35, and X150. The mixing bowl pays X10, X25, and X125. The chopping board pays X10, X25, and X100.
The red hearts suit has X5, X15, and X70. The purple spades suit pays X5, X15, and X60. The green clubs suit gives X5, X15, and X55. The blue diamonds suit offers X3, X10, and X50.
The Stacked Emperor Wild symbol is anti-escape and a sure sign of winning, although it only shows on the center-most reel when the penguins are escaping. Every penguin that succeeds in escaping leaves behind a wild if there is a winning round, but if there is a losing round, then it has an influence on winning. The non-progressive jackpot is 164700 coins.
The Penguin City software and personified sound effects are good. The funny animated graphics offer a minute description of the dedicated escapees, such as the three retreating shadows and the do or die moment in the escape route via kitchen.
Luck in Penguin City
A game of luck, the RTP rate of Penguin City is 96.2%, and the house edge is 3.8%.