Fear the Bear Slot Review
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It’s kind of weird that the Teddy Bear is regarded as a child’s toy. It’s also kind of weird that there are lots of celebrity bears too – Winnie the Pooh, Yogi Bear (and Boo Boo), Rupert the Bear, Baloo, Bungle from Rainbow, Kung Fu Panda, Ted, Fozzie Bear, the Hair Bear Bunch … it’s a pretty extensive list. Not bad for an animal that in reality is not cuddly at all. Try taking a real bear to bed with you in the evening and you’ll probably wake up in the morning minus a head.
Playtech have got the right idea with their ‘Fear the Bear’ video slot … or have they? The bear they have chosen for this slot … the koala bear … is one of the few bears in the world you can actually get cute and cuddly with and … it’s not actually a bear, it’s a marsupial. Sorry to ‘bear’ bad news, Playtech, but we think you’re climbing up the wrong gum tree here!
Anyhow, read on to find out all about the Fear the Bear video slot.
How to Play
The set-up of Fear the Bear is fairly standard in that this online video slot has five reels. It has four rows though as opposed to the usual three. The game has fifty paylines which are in play all throughout the game.
To get spinning select your bet size which can be anything from 0.10 to 100.00. All wins are paid as multiples of your bet size.
The Wild Koala symbol in this game is wild but only appears on the central three reels. It substitutes for all other symbols aside from the scatter symbol.
- 5 x Scatter symbols = 50 x bet size (max £5,000)
- 5 x Kookaburras = 2.5 x bet size (max £250)
- 5 x Possums = 2 x bet size (max £200)
- 5 x Duck-Billed Platypuses = 1.5 x bet size (max £150)
- 5 x Frilled Lizards = 1 x bet size (max £100)
- 5 x Tree Frogs = 0.8 x bet size (max £80)
- 5 x Aces = 0.6 x bet size (max £60)
- 5 x Kings = 0.6 x bet size (max £60)
- 5 x Queens = 0.6 x bet size (max £60)
- 5 x Jacks = 0.5 x bet size (max £50)
- 5 x Tens = 0.5 x bet size (max £50)
- 5 x Nines = 0.5 x bet size (max £50)
Strewth! Well I’ll be a pregnant dingo! This online slot from Playtech ain’t got no progressive jackpot, cobber. The most you can win on a single payline is £5,000 for five koala wilds at maximum bet level. Of course, it is possible to win on more than one payline at the same time per spin.
When a Koala Wild appears on the reels the koala bear will climb out of the symbol and onto the tree that sits above the reels once all wins have been collected. Koala Wilds are collected until all four positions above the reel have been taken up. When that happens, the four koalas will drop down back onto the reel, creating a reel full of wilds. This feature can occur during both the base game and free spins.
If you land at least three scatter symbols then you are awarded a series of free games. If you land three scatters you earn yourself ten free games, four scatters will give you fifteen free games and five will land you twenty-five.
The total bet is identical to the bet that triggered the free games. Free games may be re-triggered.
Graphics and Sounds
This slot is played in relative silence, aside from the odd cackle from the bush of some bird or reptile. The reels make a few noises as they spin and there’s the usual fanfares should you win, but aside from those sounds this is one of the quietest slots we’ve yet to encounter.
The graphics are a bit basic too. The koalas do a nice little twirl around the trees as they climb and whenever you change your bet level, but that’s about it.
We have no idea why this slot is called ‘Fear the Bear’. As the arrival of Koala Wilds is likely to win you the odd prize or two, surely the slot should be called ‘Welcome the Bear’ instead? Perhaps Playtech trademarked the name ‘Fear the Bear’ then decided a slot containing scary bears would not be a winner. Your guess is as good as ours!
Mark Angus is a professional writer and editor currently based in Adelaide and London. Mark writes on a variety of sports betting and gaming topics, most notably football and cricket (he has been a season ticket holder at Fulham for far too many years), as well as horse racing, in particular jumps racing. In addition, Mark produces website content, blogs and articles for a variety of publications, organisations and businesses, and has extensive experience in writing for all forms of online, print and broadcast media.