Wild Thing by Novomatic
Novomatic is an Austrian-based company that was established almost 40 years ago. The company is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of gaming machines for bricks-and-mortar casinos, so many of its online titles will already be familiar to keen players who frequent land-based casinos.
Since 2011 Novomatic has expanded its operations to include the world of digital games, and it’s no surprise that it’s chosen to focus its efforts on themes that are tried and tested. Fans have quickly made the transition from playing their favourite Novomatic slots titles at land-based casinos to playing at home on their desktop, mobile and tablet. Rather than venture into the wilder territory now occupied by some of the newer game developers, Novomatic designers have concentrated on doing what they know, and doing it extremely well.
Other top titles from the gaming giant include Dolphin Pearl and the highly regarded Book of Ra, so players know that they are in safe hands. Novomatic prides itself on offering the highest standards of gameplay, fun and entertainment to its players, and its successful transition into the digital market shows that it meets the needs of its audience to great effect.
If you’ve already played Power Stars slots online, which was also developed and created by Novomatic, then you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from playing Wild Thing. Why not try playing both and see which you prefer?
About Wild Thing
Fruit-based games have been popular since the earliest days of the industry. And today the fruit machine is still going strong in land-based casinos around the world, not to mention in pubs and clubs throughout most of the UK, showing that we just can’t get enough of this imagery. In fact, images of fruit have been featuring on slot machine reels since the beginning of the twentieth century, when they were designed to circumvent gambling restrictions. ‘Bars’ of fruit-flavoured chewing gum were supposedly distributed from these ‘mechanical dispensers’, with the flavours represented by graphical representations of oranges, cherries, watermelons and other tempting designs - there are no reports on how successful these earliest fruit machines were, but the fact that fruit still remains one of the most instantly recognisable slots themes around the world indicates that they’ll never go out of fashion.
And now Wild Thing introduces a beautiful girl and an exciting bonus Free Spins round into a retro favourite, adds some bold new graphics, and sets about attracting a whole new audience to the hidden potential financial benefits of a handful of fruity symbols.
First Impressions of Wild Thing
As you’d expect from a company that’s been creating games for the casino industry for decades, Wild Thing looks absolutely gorgeous. Moving Novomatic slots online has allowed the game’s developers to make full use of the backlit screens and astonishing graphics capability of modern devices’ screens. They certainly haven’t skimped on any aspect of the details, so expect to be swept away by the sumptuous velvet cushioning of the reels themselves, surrounded by a soft burgundy velvet frame. This is supported in place by a network of greenery and trailing vines, creating the impression that you’re somewhere in an exotic jungle paradise.
As if at odds with the playing area’s lush softness, the game’s title is picked out in savage style in striking green, red and yellow, while the game’s eponymous Wild symbol is held by a set of dangerously sharp claws that carve their way through the writing when the Wild is involved in a win. The game’s Scatter symbol, on the other hand, which can trigger the Free Games Bonus Round, is a beautiful woman with dark hair and a mysterious expression. She could just offer you an attractive bonus round of Free Games, but is she on your side? Or does she have something to do with those mysterious claw marks that appear on winning Wild symbols?
Wild Thing is a game that seems to have its heart in two separate places. So we have the fruit, the bells, the lucky number 7 and a blue and white star, all of which could have come from any era in the slot machine industry. But we also have a dark-haired beauty and a ferocious set of claws clutching tightly to a Wild symbol, suggesting levels of mystery and intrigue, although the jury is still out on whether or not the game delivers on that score.
Call up the paytable, meanwhile (accessed via the blue Paytable button below the first and second reels), and the adventurous raven-haired woman appears in completely unexpected attire, given her jungle setting for the symbol on the reels. Here at the side of the paytable she is dressed in full femme-fatale gear, with a low-cut neckline and micro-short mini skirt, while her pout suggests that she’s not entirely certain of her purpose in the game either. Still, she’s nice enough to look at, and her presence on the reels can herald the start of a rewarding bonus round, so let’s not complain!
The other symbols that you’ll find on the reels are oranges, grapes, plums, watermelons, bells, stars and the lucky number 7. These are all skilfully rendered in a cartoonish style, much as though they had been created from balloons, and have been given a three-dimensional effect which sees them reflecting the light. There’s no denying that this is an extremely slick-looking game, but will it live up to its initial promise? It’s time to spin the reels and find out!
How to Play Wild Thing
With its extensive background in creating land-based casino slots machines, it’s no surprise that Novomatic has made the controls as simple as possible for Wild Thing. They know better than most that nobody wants to waste precious time reading up on the rules of a game - they want to get straight down to spinning the reels with the absolute minimum of fuss.
All you need to do is decide on your bet. This can be anything from a minimum wager of 10p up to a maximum of £50, but remember that on this site your bet is virtual, and it therefore has no financial value. Now you simply need to spin the reels to find out whether or not luck is on your side.
You’ll almost certainly notice that the reels of Wild Thing seem a little different to most other online slots games. That’s because, unlike the majority of slots games, which feature five reels, in this game there are just four reels. And the paylines are a little different too. Four of a kind matching symbols will pay handsomely when they feature across the three horizontal lines of the game, but all other paylines involve just three reels. The first three reels offer five paylines, whilst the second, third and fourth reels offer the final five paylines of the game.
There’s a very useful Autoplay function, which allows you to set your own parameters. Simply click or tap on the Autoplay button to the bottom left-hand side of the screen and a pop-up box will appear, inviting you to select the number of spins you would like, as well as defining loss and win limits for ending the feature. You can alternatively end Autoplay at any time by hitting the Stop button which appears when the feature is used. Bear in mind, however, that the built-in Gamble feature that follows every win during Wild Thing is deactivated during Autoplay.
Wild Thing Gamble Feature
Some games include extra little fun elements designed to appeal to risk-takers, and Wild Thing achieves this through the popular Gamble feature which you may have discovered whilst playing other online slots games.
Following every win - except when Autoplay is activated - you have the option of gambling that win. Double your win, or lose it, if you choose to participate in this side game, which has the potential to award you a tidy sum, or lose it, as the case may be!
If you’d just like to collect your win, hit the Collect button, and you will remain with the reels. Hit the Gamble button, however, and you are shown the back of a playing card. Select whether you think the suit will be red or black and you lose your bet, or double it, depending on the outcome. If you are successful, you have the option to continue, betting on the outcome of another card being either red or black.
Wild Thing Wilds and Scatters
Wilds and Scatters add extra interest to any online slots game, bringing the potential to unleash bonus rounds and create winning lines, even when you seem to lack the necessary symbols on the reels.
In Wild Thing the game’s Wild is represented by the word Wild, as depicted on the game’s logo. Wilds can only appear on the fourth reel, but since they have the power to stand in for any other symbols on the reels, other than the Scatter, they can be a lucrative addition to any payline. And to help you even further, when a Wild fails to give you a win, it remains in place for your next spin, giving you an extra chance to make up a winning line.
The game’s Scatter, meanwhile, is the dark-haired beauty, who may or may not be dangerous. She’s certainly an asset to your ultimate goal of scoring a Big Win, though, as whenever three or more Scatter symbols appear on the reels, you benefit from a host of Free Games. She’ll award you 10 Free Games when you achieve three symbols and 20 Free Games when four matching symbols appear on the reels.
Wild Thing Free Games
Every keen slots player just loves free spins, and with up to 20 of them on offer with Wild Thing, you’ll be keen to trigger this bonus feature as frequently as possible. The mysterious beauty who acts as the game’s Scatter symbol will reward you with 10 Free Games for attaining three symbols across the reels. Four symbols will earn you 20 Free Games, but her generosity doesn’t end there.
Throughout the Free Games, Stacked Wilds appear on the fourth reel, remaining in place throughout the feature. This greatly increases your chances of achieving a generous win. But that’s still not all that you have to look forward to - throughout the Free Games, the Wild symbol can substitute for the Scatter, although only one Scatter can be substituted from all three Wilds. But this still enables you to retrigger the Free Games bonus round during play.
All Free Games adhere to the betting structure that was in place at the time when they were triggered, and there is the potential to receive up to 300 Free Games in one session.
Wild Thing Volatility and RTP
The stated RTP, or Return To Player, of Wild Thing is a very respectable 95.02%. The game is classed as high volatility, which means that payouts are infrequent but tend to be generous when they do occur, making this game a perfect fit for high-rollers who enjoy that element of risk.
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