Wild Rescue Slot from Novomatic
Skiing is not the first thing that the name ‘Wild Rescue’ conjures up, though this is the theme of this 20-reel video slot game from Novomatic. While the overall effect is one of drama, there are also some humorous elements to the design. The ‘hero’ who is also the wild has a caricature look to him for a start. The cascading wins feature is put to good use, with wins freezing and then shattering – before new symbols take the vacant spots. There is also a free spins bonus round which has some unique game play in it.
How to Win on Wild Rescue
With the cascading wins system, it is possible to get several wins from each spin over the 30 win lines of this game. Once your initial win has scattered (and you have the money banked), the remaining symbols move downwards, with brand new ones filling any gaps at the top of the screen. If there is another win possible, then this process will repeat itself – continuing until no more wins are shown.
The best paying symbol during the regular game is the alpha-male type guy with the oversized chin. This is the wild symbol, substituting for all of the regular (non-scatter) symbols on the reels. You will win 1000 coins for 5 of a kind, with 250 for 4 and 100 for just 3. A female in a medic hat is next at 750 coins for 5, and a skier in action follows at 500 coins for 5. There are two more people, a guy in green (400 coins for 5) and a woman in purple (300) after that the playing card symbols – which are at least snow-capped – make up the smaller wins.
Dramatic Free Spins Bonus Game
Bonus symbols show a shot of a helicopter, and only appear on reels 1, 3 and 5. If you hit all 3 at the same time, then you will trigger the free spins bonus game. The game-play for this involves keeping ‘extreme skiers’ in the game.
This is a new symbol, showing a guy skiing. You start the game with 5 of these, which appear at random at the top of one of the reels. This is an extra wild, and it moves one level down the reel after each spin. When it reaches the bottom of the reel one of two things can happen.
First, and most frequently, the symbol will fall off the reels and disappear. Second, a helicopter can appear and fly across the bottom of the reels, this will rescue your extreme skier, and he can start the journey from the top of the reels again.
Once 5 have fallen off of the reels, your bonus round ends. You can have 2 or even 3 on the reels at the same time. While this uses up your skiers faster, the extra simultaneous wilds do help to create extra wins.
Snow Capped Design
I’m not sure it would be possible to pack more snow into a single slot design than Novomatic has done with Wild Rescue. Around the reels you will see close ups of snow covered branches of pine trees, and above them the logo has a solid layer of snow on it too. The backing of the reels has a snowflake design – and even the familiar playing card symbols have snow caps.
During the base game you’ll be treated to the shattering blocks of ice animation (together with excellent sound effects) which allows for the cascading wins. The helicopter animation (together with dramatic music) during the free spins game is also impressive. Some of the sounds are familiar for fans of Novomatic games. For example, the ticking sound which shows you are able to gamble after every win on the flip of a playing card.
This slot uses a 30-line setup; this is not adjustable by the player. Your options are to choose how many coins to bet per line, and whether or not to use the auto-play option.
An entertaining slot with enough going on to keep you engaged in the action. I like the cascading wins, which Novomatic only use on a handful of games. The moving wild (including dramatic helicopter rescue) for the free spins game is also novel. This can help to bring in some bigger wins too – especially those times you end up with 2 or more skiers moving down the reels at the same time.