Tiger Claw Symbols
Fans of animal slots theme games won't be able to resist this East Asian instalment. The majestic blue-eyed white Bengal Tiger, the Argali Wild Sheep with its sweeping curled horns and the adorable raccoon-like Red Panda are the three stand-out symbols of the game and, together with the Wild Boar and the Snake, go to make up the combination of five wonderful creatures for the reels of Tiger Claw.
The choice of animals Playtech has gone with for this game is something of a departure from some of the more clichéd choices that you often see from Asian-themed games. These inhabitants of the East Asian mountains and forests really do set Tiger Claw apart from some of the others, both in terms of theme and mood. For starters, the three highest-paying symbols are animals that are considered to be endangered species. The Argali Wild Sheep, for example, is the largest sheep in the world and has been endangered due to the destruction of its habitat and hunting for sport. The Red Panda's numbers have also reduced due to their habitat being gradually destroyed as well as by hunting and poaching. While the Bengal tiger is still the most numerous of all the various tiger subspecies, there are still only 2,500 of them left in the wild. The white Bengal Tiger, which is ranked as the highest-paying symbol in this video slot, is a rarity in itself. Contrary to popular belief, white tigers are not a species in their own right - the white tiger is really a mutated version of the orange Bengal tiger. Only one in 10,000 births results in a white Bengal tiger, so it's estimated, and it only occurs when both parents carry the gene responsible for the bleached colouring.
Animal lovers will love the fact that Tiger Claw has been developed with a reasonable degree of consideration for animal authenticity. This is in contrast to IGT's Siberian Storm slot. The white Siberian tigers that appear in IGT's game don't exist in the wild, having only been created in zoos by crossing with white Bengal tigers. That said, Siberian Storm is a great-looking slot which, while completely different in its design and game play from Tiger Claw, draws some interesting parallels.
While they're depicted in completely different artistic styles from one another, the striking look about the animals, the almost iridescent colours of their respective backgrounds and the atmospheric music in each game draw you in just the same way. The dramatic musical score of Siberian Storm is a direct contrast to Tiger Claw's soothing soundscape, and its reels are silent, while the beats of Tiger Claw's reels blend in with the ambient soundtrack. The ice encrusted, diamond-shaped five-reel system of Siberian Storm makes it look and feel like a completely different game to Tiger Claw's serene dusky mountainscape, and the winning lines are devised in a completely different way. Yet the highlight of both games is the free spins, as well as the immersive graphic design, animations, music and sound effects.
Tiger Claw First Look
So let's look at the game. The six reels themselves are stretched across an ancient scroll which is suspended against a backdrop of mountain tops in a sunset-pink sky. Glowing fireflies float among the swirling mists that occasionally obscure the mountains, while subtle atmospheric music helps set the mood. The scroll containing the reels is crested with a green disc which is adorned with golden East Asian characters. This disc also features as one of the symbols on the reels, representing the Wild.
The tiger, Argali sheep, red panda, wild boar and snake are interspersed with the familiar playing card symbols of A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9, representing the second tier. The symbols have been designed after the style of East Asian calligraphy and look as if they've been brushed on to the reels with almost luminous magical paint. The lighting on the letters and numerals, as well as on the animals and the Wild disc, makes the whole set-up look as if it has been bathed in the last glow of the sunset, evoking a mysterious yet tranquil look to the game. Last but not least, there is the golden 'Tiger Free Games' scatter symbol, but more on that later.
Tiger Claw 4096 Ways to Win
The game has six reels, and there are 4096 ways to win, which are activated on all six reels. That means any combination of animal or playing card symbols, regardless of their position on the reels, will pay out as long as they appear on adjacent reels beginning with the far-left reel. If more than one winning combination of symbols appears, only the highest-paying combo will count. The Wild symbol (green disc) appears on reels 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and, as is the rule with most slots, will substitute for any of the other symbols except for the scatter.
Tiger Claw Free Games
Three Scatters or more will win you free spins, and it's on these free games that the Wild symbol comes into its own. When the Wild symbol appears during a free spin, it can multiply any wins by x2, x3 or x5 on a random basis. The number of free games granted depends on how many Scatters you get - three Scatters will grant eight games, four of them will get you fifteen, five will trigger twenty-five and a full showing of six Scatters will get you one hundred free games.
That's not all - if any Scatters appear during free games, you'll get even more free spins, and at a higher rate too. Two Scatters will top up your free spins by five, three of them will give you eight more free spins, four will up your total by fifteen, twenty-five free spins will be added for five and a further hundred free spins will be awarded for six Scatters. There's no limit on how many free games you can win in theory. If the Scatters come in frequently enough, you can keep triggering free games infinitely!
Tiger Claw Pay Table
So let's have a look at what those wins mean. Like most slots, the pay table displays the amount by which value of the coins bet are multiplied by. Top-tier symbols are the five animals, and the great thing about them is that they all will pay out for just two of a kind. The white Bengal tiger is the highest payer. Two of a kind will yield 40x, three will get you 150x, four pay out 200x, five will award 250x and six tigers will pay 300x your bet.
The Argali wild sheep and the red panda pay the same winnings, but they're not interchangeable. They are each worth 15x your bet for two of a kind, 50x for three, 150x for four, 200x for five and 250x for six of a kind. The wild boar and the snake also pay the same level of winnings. Two wild boars or two snakes will pay out 10x, your bet, three appearances will yield 40x, four will give you 80x, five award you 150x and 200x your bet will be paid out for six of a kind.
Tiger Claw Bets
Bets range from 40p to £80 for each spin, and you have a choice of 40p 80p, £2, £4, £8, £20, £40 and £80 depending on how many coins you bet. Tiger Claw more or less plays like Epic Ape and Buffalo Blitz, also by Playtech, so the ways to win and betting increments are the same.
Tiger Claw Pedigree
While free games or free spins are the main features of Tiger Claw, they’re not a new feature in slot games by any means. Playtech free spins games are very popular, and this particular slot is one of a number of Playtech games that follow almost exactly the same formula. Buffalo Blitz (already mentioned) and Epic Ape have an almost identical win and feature design. It is Tiger Claw, however, that comes across as the more ambient, aesthetically pleasing version of the 4096 Ways and free play bonus type of game slot made by Playtech.
That's not to say that this is the only type of slot machine games Playtech have made. Tiger Claw comes from a well-established successful stable. Playtech is a well-known software supplier in the online gambling world. Its well-known Information Management Solution (or IMS) has enabled players to use almost any device to play their games online, including desktop, mobile and tablet.
Formed in Estonia in 1999, Playtech didn't launch its first casino product until 2001. However, since then it has grown into the world's largest company in the digital gaming industry, designing, developing and licensing sports betting products, software for bingo and poker and, most famously, their casino slot games. As the largest international online gaming software supplier, Playtech provides software to over 150 gaming operators. Most of their customers are blue chip companies in the gaming industry, including big names such as Bet365, William Hill and Ladbrokes.
Playtech are well known for some extremely high-quality slots, such as their Age of the Gods series and Jackpot Giant, known for their beautifully rendered animations and graphics, as well as their superb bonus features, including their progressive jackpot network.
In fact, Playtech offer over 600 high-quality online casino games. Along with their original content like the Age of Gods series are slots based on well-known brands, like Monty Python's Spamalot, Gladiator, Top Gun, Ace Ventura Pet Detective, The Matrix and The Flintstones, to name but a few. They have produced slots based on DC Comics titles too, like Man of Steel, Superman the Movie and Superman II and Green Gold. There's even a slot based on the original 1960s television series of Batman.
This has been made possible by the high-quality studios acquired by Playtech over recent years. Playtech Origins has been producing pioneering games for more than 10 years and has worked in partnership with studios like Warner Bros. to create some of the branded slots like Superman and Batman. They're also responsible for the award-winning Age of Gods series, as well as other original titles such as White King and Buffalo Blitz. Ash Gaming, founded in 2002 and acquired by Playtech in 2011, focuses on back-end design first in order to produce highly successful games like Heart of the Jungle and Classic TV Batman. Playtech Vikings created Space Invaders and Legacy of the Wild, while UK-based Psiclone Games, which specialises in retail markets and has been a Playtech company since 2014, is responsible for the Fairground Fortunes slot. Geco Gaming, established in 2007 and acquired by Playtech in 2016, specialises in a range of online games, from simple scratch games to story-driven games with complex layers to engage the player. Brisbane-based Eyecon, with over 20 years of experience, came into the Playtech fold in 2017 and has over 70 titles - one of their more notable products being the popular 'Fluffy Favourites'. Austrian studio Sunfox Games boasts cutting-edge technology both in front- and back-end design, bringing some unique and innovative games into the Playtech stable. Sweden-based Quickspin develops video slots both for real money gambling and free to play. As passionate players themselves, they develop games they'd see themselves wanting to play.
Tiger Claw sits most comfortably with Buffalo Blitz, Desert Treasure II, Great Blue and Sultans Gold, all great Playtech games to try. Like those slots, Tiger Claw is a volatile game in the high-variance category. Free spins are difficult to get, but when you do get them, it's well worth the wait.
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