Penguin City is a new game on Stakers, from the developers at Yggdrasil. In the interest of helping our players, we decided to give it a try and provide you with an honest review. So here we go!
The fun starts with a movie-style trailer featuring a penguin in a kitchen fighting a treadmill that is trying to suck him into a Chinese food production line. Eventually, he loses to the treadmill and gets sucked into the game – coming out folded into a Chinese food container.
Although the game is called Penguin City, the only penguin you'll see hangs out on the side of the game. All of the icons represent a Chinese food shop. You have a boiling pot, what looks like a chicken being cut up, soy sauce, and a Chinese food container.
You also have spades, hearts diamonds and clubs, but these items don't seem to contribute to many wins – your wins come from the Chinese food icons. Playing with 125 credits per spin, our average win off of the Chinese food icons was about 70 or 80 credits. On the low end of the scale, we only won 20 credits. On the high end, we won 150 credits.
When you score a win with a wild, the game puts you into Penguin Escape Mode, bringing you to a new screen with the treadmills below it, and the wilds are sticky. When you lose a spin, a penguin on the side jumps on and tries to beat the treadmill. But in general, he loses and falls into a hole at the bottom.
But there is a chance the penguin will avoid the hole, jump up and turn one of the icons into a winning one. Then those wilds will stay for another turn. In general, however, it seemed like the way to keep in Penguin Escape Mode is to keep spinning winners, so you can keep getting free spins. We found that this happened much more when we had two sticky wilds than when we had one.
The wild cards seem very rare so the Penguin Escape Mode does not happen that often. When it does, however, it is a great way to score some big wins. We had one round with a total of 700 credits in winnings.
Overall, we found this to be a very low variance game. We started out with 1,000 credits and ended up with 1,007 credits. Our balance never went down too much, but it never went up big either. Whenever we were a bit down, we'd get a wild card win and then Penguin Escape Mode would boost us back up. This makes for a relaxing game that you can play for a long time without losing too much. As we noted above, you don't get as many wild card wins as you do with most games, but when you get them they really help you out.
At the end of the day, we found this to be a fun diversion. It lacks the action of the higher variance games, but it also lacks the ability to lose big. Some people like low variance games and this is one for them.
We give it 4.5 out of five stars. If that sounds like something for you, we highly suggest you give it a spin.