Fear the Bear: a review of the new Playtech slot game

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Fear the Bear is the latest online slot game to come from Playtech. Boasting an all-new Wild Drop Feature and wins of up to 3,768 times your bet, it’s certainly a slot that looks good on paper. But what do we think now we’ve had the chance to play Fear the Bear for ourselves? Read our review to find out if it’s worth a spin.

General Feel & Theme

Fear the Bear is a 5-reel, 25-payline slot set in the Australian bush. Available for as little as 10p per spin, it’s a sensible choice for new slot players. The 96.5% RTP and low volatility means you can anticipate a steady stream of decent – though probably not huge – wins.

Granted, the graphics aren’t going to blow your mind. But it looks nice enough. Expect trees towering above the reels and symbols designed around common Aussie wildlife like frogs, lizards, duck-billed platypuses and (what seem to be) koala bears.

We’ll admit that when we first clapped eyes on the koala wild symbol, we were a bit surprised by the title. All we saw was a cute little marsupial, not something that looked like it needed to be feared. But we quickly learned this is no ordinary koala. This is the koala’s predatory, carnivorous cousin: the drop bear.

Fear the Bear Wild Drop Feature

Drop bears, according to Aussie folklore, drop down from the trees to savage unsuspecting passers-by. That’s pretty much what happens in this slot’s Wild Drop Feature, except the bear’s aim here is not to savage people; it’s to create killer wins.

How it works is simple: after every spin of the reels, all wild bear symbols climb onto the tree trunk above their reel. This keeps happening until you’ve collected a total of 4 wilds on 1 tree trunk. Then, all drop down to fill the reel below, creating a fully-stacked wild reel. This helps you find bigger, better-paying winning combinations on your next spin.

Fear the Bear Free Games Bonus

The Wild Drop Feature is not the only thing worth shouting about in Fear the Bear. As you’d expect, this slot also boasts a Free Games Bonus. How many Free Games you’re awarded depends on how many scatter symbols you land to trigger the bonus. For instance:

·         x3 Scatters unlocks 10 Free Games

·         x4 Scatters unlocks 15 Free Games

·         x5 Scatters unlocks 25 Free Games

We’re big fans of the fact you can keep re-triggering Free Games as you play. Plus, the Wild Drop Feature remains active throughout the entire bonus, boosting your chance of hitting the maximum payout of 3,768 times your bet.

Our Verdict on Fear the Bear

We’d certainly recommend a spin on Fear the Bear if you’re a new or low-stakes slot player. Available for as little as 10p per spin, it shouldn’t eat into your bankroll too quickly. Plus, the Wild Drop Feature can result in a pretty big win, despite the game’s low volatility. You’ll find it available exclusively at the online casino bgo.com for a whole month starting from 12th August 2019.