Wild Water Slot from NetEnt

If you fancy a trip back to the swinging 60’s, give the Wild Water slot a spin. This surfer based game features five individual surfers, each stacked on the reels. They are all dressed in 1960’s style swimsuits and look ready for a day out on the beach.

Although they might not be too pleased when they realize there is also a shark on the reels. This NetEnt slot has some interesting game-play – you’ll have the opportunity of some big bonus wins by lining up symbols in a certain way, while a free spins bonus round sees the ‘shark’ wild looming much larger than usual.

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How to Win on Wild Water

Aside from the bonus and the free spins symbol, you’ll only find a total of 6 symbols on the reels. The highest paying of these is the silhouette of a female surfer, this the only non-stacked standard symbol in the game. If you land the maximum five in a row, you’ll pick up a 2,000-coin win.

A surfer dude in red with a transistor radio is the highest paying stacked symbol, worth 500 coins as a top prize, while a lady in orange with a picnic pays 250 coins.  A guy with a basketball pays 100 coins, while a hippy in green (complete with the CND peace symbol hung around his neck) and a posing lady in blue with a matching handbag are both worth 75 coins.

These aren’t the only payouts available in the base game however. If you manage to fill the reels completely with five stacked symbols you’ll win the ‘Surf’s Up’ bonus, a bet multiplier of 20x which is a nice addition. However, this amount increases to 200x if you win the ‘Surf Team’ bonus, when the five stacked symbols are all different, ensuring each of the five characters are on show.

The shark comes into play as the wild symbol and will substitute for any other symbol apart from the bonus one. This is a single symbol during the base game, but plays more of a major role in the feature.

Expanding Sharks in the Wild Water Bonus Feature

The scatter symbol shows a male surfer in action. Land three scatters anywhere on the reels and you’ll find yourself with 15 free slot games. However you can double the amount to 30 if you land a fourth scatter and even double it again to a massive 60 free spins if you land the maximum five scatters.

Each of these free spins is the same as in the base game, with one major addition. The shark wild will now expand when making an appearance, meaning it will fill an entire reel, making those all-important wins both more achievable and potentially larger!

Cool Surfers Design

When it comes to slot design, NetEnt are one of the best in the business – and they’ve come up with the goods again here. The slot manages to transport you back to the sixties perfectly, the trademark camper van parked next to the beach, while the surf is up to the left of the screen. It’s clear that much time has been spent on the design of the stacked symbols, each designed in a gentle pastel color. The soundtrack is ideal throughout, with exclamations whenever you win – these will remind you of ‘Austin Powers’ at his finest.

Wild Water has a total of 20 win lines, meaning the minimum spin cost is just 20 credits, however you can set the bet level to any number between 1 and 10, meaning you can play for up to 200 credits a spin. Your total stake will be set when you choose the coin value, ranging from 1c through to 50c. The control panel is in an eye catching green, the large spin button flanked by the auto play button (set it to between 10 and 1,000 spins) and the ‘max bet’ button which will automatically set the bet level to 10 and spin the reels.

Overall Experience

Wild Water is a very original and entertaining slot. Having such a small amount of symbols might seem strange compared to other slots, though these brilliantly designed stacked symbols make for a visual treat. Having the two bonus payouts in addition to the standard pays is a worthwhile extra and the final reel will slow down to add a nice layer of anticipation when the first 4 reels fill. The bonus feature is excellent too, promising both a large number of spins and the opportunity of some large wins.

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