Outdoorsy Bear Tracks Slot from Novomatic
With five reels and 40 paylines, Bear Tracks has a fairly standard layout for a Novomatic slot, including a respectable number of paylines. The reels display four windows each, against a backdrop of a wooded, grassy slope in a mountain wilderness. In other words, it’s bear country, the setting for the loosely linked theme involving bears of all kinds. It’s a slot designed for players who love all that is furry and impressive about the great outdoors.
Players can adjust both the number of paylines they play, as well as the bets per line. However, choosing to play all 40 lines, even if that involves lowering the wager per line, is the most successful way to play Bear Tracks long-term.
Five Bears and Five Card Symbols
In a cheery colourful font, Bear Tracks uses the card icons 10 to A as low-value symbols, paying between 5 and 75 credits for three, four or five of a kind. The K/Q and J/10 are paired, each pair winning prizes of equal value for the same matches. There are five higher value symbols, all of them a type of bear. They are all depicted in carefully tinted detail, within their natural habitats.
The koala wins 10, 30 or 100 credits for respective matches of three, four or five, and the panda wins 15, 40 and 125. The black bear wins 15, 45 and 150, and the grizzly wins 20, 50 or 175. The top bear is the polar bear, who wins 25, 60 or 200 for the three possible wins.
Bear Tracks Logo Serves as the Wild
The Bear Tracks game logo is the title’s Wild icon as well. It has the usual Wild ability to substitute for other symbols, with the exception of the Scatter, to enable more winning paylines. If the Wild forms matching combos with itself from Reel 1 on the same payline, it also wins prizes: 50, 150 or 500 credits for three, four or five matches.
Bonus Round Hard to Trigger but Impressive
It is not easy to trigger the free spins round in Bear Tracks. The Bonus symbol, a bear footprint, must fill the screen, in other words appearing in all 20 windows at once, to trigger free spins. The fact that the Bonus symbols can arrive stacked makes this easier, but it is still a very rare result.
When it is triggered, however, the Bear Trap feature helps boost its winning potential. The player begins with 15 free spins, but any time the same bear symbol fills reel one, the BearTrap is triggered. The first reel of bear symbols, all logo symbols and any matching bear symbols lock in place while the rest of the windows re-spin. Every time a re-spin adds extra matching symbols to wins, the lock repeats and the player gets another re-spin.
If a re-spin produces no new wins, the Bear Trap feature ends and the free spins continue. On the final free spin, if the spin produces another three Scatters, the player gets another 15 free spins. This bonus can repeat up to a total of 150 free spins, with the Bear Trap feature available during all of them.