Wild Games Slot Review
The Olympic Games has inspired many things and people over the years. Generation after generation of athletes have been amazed at the achievements of their predecessors and taken up their chosen sport in the hope of emulating the greats and landing the most prestigious prize in athletics; an Olympic gold medal.
Once every four years the eyes of the world turn to the host city to watch thousands of athletes compete across a wide range of sports and it is this which is the inspiration behind the Wild Games slot from Playtech and playable right now at the popular Coral Casino.
However, these games are slightly different to the norm as it is not being contested by the usual human competitors. In the Wild Games slot, the individuals competing are all from the animal kingdom and there are some unusual combinations of creatures and events that make this all the more intriguing. Would you imagine a hippo could earn gold on the balance beam in gymnastics? Well in Wild Games, she can.
Playtech have presented this slot somewhat simply with just a generic background of colours behind the reels and somewhat simplistic but fitting Olympian music to accompany you as you spin on the reels. It does feel a little underwhelming initially to be truthful but things do get better when you trigger the animations when you land a win.
There are 5 reels each with three symbols on and there are 25 selectable pay lines in play and bets start at just $0.25 per spin, but you can ramp that up to $250 per spin if you prefer. It is advisable to play the maximum number of lines per spin to give you more chance of landing a win.
The lower value symbols on the reels are the playing card symbols and there are six of these from the nine through to the ace and they pay out between 5 coins and 100 coins as cash prizes. There are also two mid-range prizes on offer which are triggered by landing three or more of the soccer ball and goal and basketball net symbols on the reels and with these you can earn from 25 coins up to 500 coins.
The three highest paying symbols are the animals competing in each event and they all pay out from two symbols on a payline (5 coins) up to 5 symbols on a payline (1,000 coins). The animals are the bulldog (which competes in Freestyle Swimming), the hippo (who competes in the Balance Beam) and the cheetah (who competes in the 100 meter sprint). In addition, these symbols also have an important role to play in some of the key features of the slot which we will explore in more detail in the section below.
The Wild symbol is the Cup symbol and this substitutes for all symbols on the reels apart from the three different medal scatter symbols. You can also win the top base game prize for landing five of these Wild symbols on a pay line of 3,000 coins.
Wild Games Slot Key Features
The first thing to note about the higher value symbols is that each of them is stacked on the third reel three symbols high. If you can land that stack of symbols across the entire third reel then you will trigger a bonus game. The bonus game triggered depends on which animal was landed.
Land the bulldog and you trigger the Freestyle Swim bonus. Here you select one of three bulldogs competing in the event and your bulldog will then compete in the race. They will also win a medal, gold, silver or bronze and when the race is completed you will be awarded 8 free games.
The medal your bulldog wins in the race is then the only medal that will appear on the reels and as you play through your free spins, whenever you land a medal on the reel, you win more free games. A gold medal gives you four extra free spins, a silver three more free spins and a bronze two additional spins. You can win up to a maximum of 200 free spins in the bonus game this way.
If your triggering symbol is the cheetah, then you trigger the 100m Dash Bonus. Again you pick from three cheetahs competing and they will run the race and your selected cheetah will win a medal and again, this medal is the only medal that will appear on the reels during your 8 free spins.
What is different with this bonus however is that each time the medal lands on the reels during free spins, it will turn into either an extra Wild (for bronze medals), an extra Wild plus it will clone one additional Wild on the same reel (for silver medals) and an extra Wild that becomes an expanding Wild (for gold medals).
If you trigger the bonus with the hippo then you land the Balance Beam Bonus. Here you select from three balance beam routines for your hippo to perform. Judges will rate the hippo’s performance and you will also earn 8 free spins.
Whatever the average of the judges score for your hippo routine, will be the multiplier that is applied to any wins you land in the free spins round. You cannot have a multiplier lower than 6x the standard win and the highest multiplier awarded is 10x the standard win.
The final key feature of the slot is the Win A Medal Bonus game which is triggered when you land three or more of the same type of medal scatter symbol (Gold, Silver or Bronze) anywhere across the reels. You can land between three and five of each medals on a spin and when you do, you get to pick one of the medals which will reveal a cash prize.
The greater the number of medals landed and the higher the value of the medal, the greater your cash prize can be. For example, land three bronze medals and you can win a cash prize of between 2x and 4x your total stake. However, land five gold medals as the trigger and you will win a prize between 80x and 100x your total stake.
Wild Games is a fun and enjoyable slot that has a fantastic selection of bonus features and which gives an unusual spin on an Olympic theme. The bonus games do offer very wildly differing pay outs at times and the slot can play somewhat volatile at times, but it is also hugely fun to play and can be rewarding.
I do like it when companies go all-out to bring you something new in a slot game and the Wild Games slot certainly does that. Slots about athletics are rare, slots about animals competing in athletic events are rarer still. Wild Games has some nice features and in particular the bonus games are well designed and fit the theme of the slot perfectly, though the rewards you can get from each of them are somewhat variable in size. Graphically, the slot is superb with the animals beautifully rendered. This may not be Olympian in scope as a slot, but it certainly deserves a silver medal.
|Where can I play?||Coral Casino|
|Number of paylines:||25 Selectable|
|Number of reels:||5|
|Is autoplay available?||Yes|