Apparently, the most common version of this game is that manufactured by “Aristocrat” and that was the version I could play as I could not find the version of “Pantaloo” shown on the picture above, however, both versions have the same symbols and features, and they differ only slightly in the structure of the commands’ board, but they are identical in all other respects.
The pelican’s symbol works as a substitute for all other standard symbols, it is the main protagonist of this slot during the base game, but its best role is carried out during the round of 10 free spins included in this slot, and the reason is that each of the pelicans that appear during this round is frozen in place until the end of such free spins, so it is not unusual to see 10 or more pelicans scattered on all the 5 reels during our last two turns.
A feature of this size usually requires the creator of the game to make some important sacrifices in the paytable, otherwise, this game would not be profitable for the casino; and indeed this is the way “Aristocrat” balances the mathematics of the game, and therefore, our real chances to win are not during the base game but during the round of free spins.
Thus, the potential of the free spins round is limited by low prices stated on the paytable; for example, my total earnings during my few rounds of free spins have always been in a range between 65x and 75x my total bet despite ending the round with a lot of wild symbols scattered everywhere, so if you intend to make a profit in this game, it is better you had already raised your bet level for the moment it occurs your round of free games in order to make it really beneficial.
“Pelican Pete” is a slot of high variance, and as we know, this type of slots requires a high dose of patience to allow us to hold out until the advent of a big win, and in this game, such a big win can only come from a round of free spins.
Overall, I think this is an entertaining video slot, however, I think this game is a bit overrated on many sites because I believe that the risk-benefit ratio is not really positive from my point of view.
Still, I think with some luck you could end winning in this game; with some luck, you could end winning in many other games as well.