Wild Thing Slot
This slot looks and plays a little differently to many titles in the Novomatic range. For a start there are 4 reels, each with 3 rows of symbols, instead of the usual split between 5 or 3-line slots. You will also find that wins go from right to left, as well as the usual left to right – effectively there are 5 win-lines in each direction. This slot also includes a locking wilds feature, and a free spins bonus round which sees the 4th reel stay completely wild throughout. The setting is the jungle, and as you’ll find out as soon as you start to play, the wild thing in question is an Amazonian type woman.
How to Win on Wild Thing
The 10 win lines are fixed in place for this game, with only your total bet amount adjustable before you spin. The prizes in coins below are based on the minimum spin amount, which is 40c.
You will only be able to hit 4 of a kind once for each spin. For example, if you hit this on one of the horizontal lines, it will not count as having hit in both directions at the same time. The biggest win is 4000 coins, which comes from hitting 4 of the blue star symbols. Just 3 of those symbols will get you a healthy 1000-coin prize.
Novomatic usually use the red 7 as their highest paying symbol, though here it is in 2nd place. 4 of a kind are worth 1600 coins, while 3 get you 400 coins. Melons come next at 800 coins for 4, and then there is a sharp drop in the value of the symbols from there. Grapes and bells are worth 320 for 4, with plums and oranges worth just 160 for 4.
Locking Wild Symbols
Wilds (yellow symbols with the word wild written on them) only appear in the 4th reel of this slot. They will behave normally when they create a win, substituting for any symbol other than the lady bonus symbol. Things get more interesting when no win is created by the wild. In this case the word ‘locked’ appears below the reel, and the wilds then stay in place for the next spin. You do need to pay for the spin (at the same amount as the previous one). This only works once, if you do not make a win then the wilds – which can sometimes cover all 3 of the rows of the last reel – will disappear.
Free Spins Bonus Game
There are two levels of the free spins bonus. If you hit 3 of the portrait of the wild thing (Amazonian woman), then you’ll get 10 free spins, if you hit 4 then this is doubled.
As the free spins start the background of the symbols changes to a net. My guess is that this signifies catching the wild thing. You will see the 4th reel covered in the yellow wild symbols – which stay in place for every spin. On unusual aspect of this bonus is that the spins were not automated, I needed to hit the ‘Start’ button for each spin. With the wilds in place, plus the bi-directional wins, you’ll potentially be hitting a lot of wins.
Jungle Design with Traditional Symbols
You’ll see a dark and dense jungle around the reels of this 4-reel video slot. The reels are black, and the red abstract pattern behind the symbols adds to the slightly surreal feel to the game. The game play is very smooth, while the spin and win sounds are computer generated – these are different to the run of the mill Novomatic noises.
The symbols are far more traditional looking, with bold colors and the effect of light bouncing off of them. The portrait of the wild Amazonian woman is the stand out design, she has a very intense stare!
2 Way 10 Line Setup
Having wins in both direction is uncommon, even in these days of ever more elaborate and complex slots. It did not take me too long to ‘tune in’ to the new system. You can’t change the win-lines, though there is a lot of flexibility in the amount you can bet per spin. You’ll be invited to gamble after every win, and of no Novomatic slot would be complete without the auto-play option.
This is a solid game, without ever quite doing enough to stand out from the long list of broadly similar titles. The locking wilds certainly helps, especially as wins can come from both directions. These stay in place during the free spins bonus, and with 1 out of 4 reels wild you have the potential for a lot of wins.