Fear the Bear Slot Machine
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The koala is the cutest type of bear that exists out there in the wilderness. It is also the main character in Playtechs newest slot Fear the Bear. Now, you would think why fear the koala? Well, because your payouts depend on it, so make sure you become friends with it to grab the best rewards!
You will first notice that the reels are somehow weird. That’s because you get 5 tall trees behind the reels, and Koalas standing somewhere in the middle of the trees, and right above the 5 respective reels. Now, the Koalas come out of the Wild symbol when the Wild lands on the middle reels. So basically, you get Koala Wilds on the reels, which substitute for all symbols, except for the Scatter. The Scatter, on the other hand, is the highest-paying symbol that gives you 50x the stake for a 5-of-a-kind combo.
There is this Wild Drop feature that can be triggered during any spin, where any Wild Koala that appears on the reels, climbs to the top of its reel after you receive your payout. You will collect the Koalas on the trees until 4 of them appear above the reels. Once four Koalas appear on the tree, they will drop down over the reel on the next spin before you get paid. Koalas may fall on multiple reels on the same spin if they are found on multiple trees, and if you collected 4 of them.
With 3, 4 or 5 Scatters trigger 10, 15 or 25 Free Spins, respectively. During the Free Spins, the Wild Drop feature can be triggered and if already triggered, it continues to collect Koalas. The Free Spins can be retriggered.
Theme & Design
In the background, you will see a beautiful landscape. There is an obvious Australian theme here, as the Koalas assume the main role in the slot. But this gets even more evident when you see other animals typical of Australia on the reels, such as platypus, the kookaburra bird, moles and several other animals found in the region.
Other than these animals, you will see the playing cards from 9 through A as the lowest-paying symbols, and the Scatter that presents 8 leaves and three fruits in the middle as the highest-paying symbol, giving you 50x the stake.
Wagering & Paylines
There are 50 paylines in Fear the Bear slot, and the total bet you can place for those paylines goes from $0.10 to $500.00. The RTP is 96.50%, and Playtech has calculated the payouts for you and presented them to you in the paytable, depending on your total bet.
So, for the highest bet of $500.00, the playing cards can give you anything from 0.5x to 0.6x the stake payouts. The animals can give you anything from 0.7x to 2.5x the stake, the highest-paying of them being the kookaburra bird. The Scatter, though, can deliver up to 50x the stake for a 5-of-a-kind combo. For the max bet, this means that the Scatter can give you $25,000.00 reward. But that’s not the total you could scoop. Actually, you could win up to 125x the stake per spin, meaning $62,500.00. This is not the most lucrative payout, especially if you consider the huge max bet you need to place to get it.
Now, we cannot say that we're impressed by Fear the Bear. There's nothing to be afraid of here, so what's the point with the title? Well, we did like the element where koalas abandon the reels and climb up the tall trees, and the animations used here, but other than that, we cannot say that mathematically this game makes sense. There is a huge max bet limit, $500.00, and in order to get to the max win of $62,500.00 you need to place that max bet. Because the 125x the stake max win per spin would get you nowhere with smaller bets.