While the bet range of $0.40 - $800 is inclusive, the regular and bonus multipliers are very ordinary at just 160x and 10x respectively. Especially when other IGT slots offer bonus multipliers in the range of 500x-10,000x. Yes, the theme could be voted as somewhat unique, but that doesn't compensate for the lack of potential payouts. What we liked, in particular, is the RTP of 96.07%. This is significantly better than the majority of IGT slots we reviewed. All the ranges and special multipliers can be availed in the Great Bear free version before trying out the real variant.
The slot is based on wild animals with the central “Great Bear” serving both as the titular symbol as well as special symbols in bonuses. The game has wild animals like the Bear, Wolf, Lynx, Eagle, Owl, Raccoon, Rabbit, Squirrel, and Fish as payout symbols which have a multiplier range of 3x-100x the placed bet for 3 - 5 occurrences at all bet levels and paylines. The top regular multiplier is 160x the placed bet for the Paws Bonus symbol for 3 occurrences. The smaller animals form the low-paying symbols while the larger animals serve as high-paying ones. The multiplier feature with the Bear Wild can trigger an additional 10x multipliers through the round.
This slot game accommodates a Symbol Climb feature and Gift of the Great Bear feature that accompanies the multipliers and free spins in the Great Bear demo game. The first two features add to the variety of the bonus rounds.
Symbol Climb Feature
The feature is triggered per line and winning symbols transform into higher symbols with a higher multiplier range till they reach the top of Bear Wild. All matching symbols transform hierarchically and the spins stop when the Bear transformation is achieved.
Gift of the Bear Feature
In case a symbol does not transform into the top symbol, a Bear Wild may appear to trigger a second Symbol Climb to complete the upgrade to Bear Wilds.
Great Bear Multiplier Feature
The Wild 5-of-a-kind Bear is triggered with this feature. The Bear Wild at the center of the reel can upgrade to a 2x Wild symbol and further to a 3x and 5x Wild till it reaches a 10x Wild value. The Wild gets multiplied with the incurring multiplier ranges to pay upto 10x of the regular range.
Great Bear Bonus
3 Bonus Paws trigger the Great Bear bonus and award 5 free spins. Each spin performs until a win is rewarded and in that way, all 5 spins are sure to offer a win to players. The Symbol Climb can also get activated for the round and stays intact till this bonus is completed. This round cannot be retriggered.
Players are sure to be rewarded with real money wins during the Great Bear real money game, and players can try out this real variant after practice through the demo version.
RTP and Payouts
The game has an RTP that varies with sites, ranging from 89.02%-96.07%. The highest recorded RTP of the slot is 96.07% with a medium variance and medium volatility. The variance and volatility of the game can hamper chances of gaining regular winning payouts.
In the Base Game, the highest regular payout range can be gained by the Bear Wild which has a range of 25x-100x for 3-5 occurrences. Apart from that the Bonus Paws has a max payout of 160x for 3 occurrences, higher than the Wild.
The symbols have the same payouts in both the base games and the bonus games.
Max Win and Top Multiplier
The highest win or top win for this slot is a grand 9,99,99,99,999 whereas the highest regular payout is 160x the placed bet.