The design in Big Bear is simply done. Set against a forest backdrop, you’ll see A to 9 royal values spinning around the reels alongside wild animal symbols. In order of value are fish, beavers, big cats and wolves. The best standard symbol is the eagle. Land 3, 4 or 5 of these on adjacent reels and you’ll receive a payout of 1, 3 or 10 times your total stake. The roaring brown bear is the wild. This doesn’t offer any pays but it does replace all other symbols bar the scatter. The wild can hit on reels 2 and 4 only.
Land 3, 4 or 5 of the paw print drum scatter and you’ll win an award equal to 5, 10 or 40 times your total stake as well as triggering the Free Games feature. You’ll then have the pick of 3 free spins/wild multiplier combinations. Your choices are:
- Option 1: 20 free spins with 2x and 4x wild multipliers
- Option 2: 15 free spins with 3x and 9x wild multipliers
- Option 3: 10 free spins with 4x and 16x wild multipliers
Land a win featuring 1 wild and the payout is boosted by the first multiplier. A winner with 2 wilds gets the second, higher multiplier. Whenever wild hits during the feature, you’ll be awarded the Hold and Extra Spin feature. That reel is held and the other reels spin again. The multipliers increase during this feature:
- If you’re playing the option 1 free spins, the wild multipliers increase to 3x and 6x
- If you’re playing the option 2 free spins, the wild multipliers increase to 4x and 16x
- If you’re playing the option 3 free spins, the wild multipliers increase to 6x and 36x
You can re-trigger more free spins here too.
The base game action in Big Bear can seem a little pedestrian. It can really spring into life when you trigger the Free Games feature though thanks to the wild multipliers and wild respins. We enjoyed this virtual trip to the great outdoors. It’s not the flashiest game on the design front but the bonus round has the potential to make up for any visual shortcomings.
If you enjoy the nature theme, then this trek with the Big Bear should appeal – it’s also medium to high variance with big wins possible from the potential 36x multiplier. If you fancy another trip to the wilderness, the volatile Grizzly Gold from Blueprint Gaming should be explored.