Silver Wolf Slots from Aristocrat
This new slot game from Aristocrat takes the familiar wildlife theme and adds some interesting game play and new ideas into the mix. If you’ve played Aristocrat’s older games then this one will feel very familiar indeed, you’ll find wolves, bears, salmon and an owl on the reels – many of them seem to be the exact same graphics used on other slots such as Alaskan Storm.
While the graphics are familiar, this real money game is new. You get to play up to 5 sets of reels at once, for a total of 120 win-lines in play. This is known as the Mega Lines Power setup. Things get interesting when you hit the (wild) wolf symbols, these move from the smaller sets of reels in the top part of the cabinet to the bottom set, where they can come together to form multiple wins.
How to Win on Silver Wolf
Before you spin you get to decide how many of the sets of reels to play. I recommend hitting the maximum, and adjusting your coin size down a little to account for the 120 win-lines. As you will see from the bonus feature information below, it can pay to hit as many wilds as possible.
The main set of reels has 40 win-lines, not using the reel power system employed for many wildlife themed games. Each of the additional sets of reels will add 20 win lines, there are 4 of those in total, which brings you up to 120.
Regular wins are on the smaller side in line with other similar games, with the bigger windfalls coming those times you manage to hit multiple wins at the same time. Naturally the wolves are the biggest single paying symbol. While I have not seen the pay table for this game personally, this appears to be in the 500 coin range for 5 of a kind. Owls, eagles, bears and salmon are the other symbols you’ll want to see, with wins between 300 and 100 coins for 5 (triggering prizes from 3 of a kind). Those familiar ‘crowned’ Aristocrat playing card symbols do their usual job of making up the smaller wins.
A special symbol during regular play is the wolf silhouette against a yellow moon. This is a wild symbol, substituting for any of the regular symbols covered above. This also comes stacked on the reels. If you hit these wilds on any of the smaller 20 line sets of reels, they will move down to the main set. By joining wilds together you will occasionally get some good coverage and multiple wins at once.
Howl at the Moon with the Silver Wolf Bonus Feature
Snowflakes are scatter symbols, and not tied to any of the win lines on either the 40 line main screen or 20 line smaller screens. This symbol triggers the free spins bonus feature, with 8, 12 or 25 spins for 3, 4 and 5 of them.
There is a big difference in how the wolves behave during this feature. When you get one or more of the stacked wolf symbols on the reels they ‘nudge’ so that the reel is covered with 4 wolf symbols. This happens for the main set of reels and for all of the smaller ones too. The wilds will still move from the small reels to the main set, meaning that it is common to get 3, 4 and sometimes all 5 reels covered in wild symbols.
You can retrigger more spins by hitting snowflake symbols. 2 of these will get you 5 additional spins, while 3+ gets you 8, 12 or 25. This did seem to happen on the last spin fairly often…
Design and Setup
Aristocrat has been fine tuning the design and game play of their wildlife range of slots for decades, and this one looks very sharp as a result. The main color scheme is a dark blue, and the grey wolf on the top screen looking right at you is beautifully produced. There are some standard animations on the reels, along with an effect when the wilds move from the small screens to the main one. Intermixed with all the new effects you’ll get the circus tune and coin fountain which have been features of Aristocrat slots for years.
While the theme is familiar, the game play for Silver Wolf is different from anything else that Aristocrat has done. I think that they have got a great balance here – this is a popular theme and going too crazy with the features could have put off some of the incumbent fan base. I’ll certainly be taking Silver Wolf for a spin on my next casino visit – check it out for yourself soon!