Time to get your claws out for the meaty wins on offer from the Serengeti stroller themed game. Ladies & Gentlemen I bring to you the mighty Wild Gambler Slot Machine.
Wild Gambler Features
- Manufactured by Ash Gaming
- Great jungle themed graphics and superb roaring reel noises
- Lock wilds in place for bigger winning chances on every single spin
- Choose which spaces are wild to create your own bespoke grid
- Locked wilds on the reels increase your spin costs dramatically
- Bonus round offers you a healthy eight free spins with no scatter mechanism required
- All locked wilds stay in place for the duration of the bonus round
Wild Gambler is a superb little slot machine from those clever London boys and girls down at Ash Gaming. Even though this company has now been absorbed by the casino giant that is Playtech, allowing their machines to feature at Playtech’s numerous online gaming centres, they’ve managed to keep something of their special unique flavour about their machines.
Wild Gambler is no exception, featuring an amazing reel mechanism that’s quite unlike anything else you’ll see on the net.
Graphically Wild Gambler uses the classic style casino visual style that’s well known within the industry blending classic cartoon stylings with bright colours and well drawn artwork. There’s more than a touch of the Lion King about this machine’s looks and in many ways it is reminiscent of the Microgaming big money progressive title, Mega Moolah.
Still this machine has some great animations and the reels are packed full of creatures that you might expect to find on the Serengeti plains, all of which are backed up with a ton of great looking animations that help your winning combinations come to life on the reels.
The sound effects and noise palette in Wild Gambler is simply first class. You’ll hear strange snake like noises and guttural creaks in the background even when you’re not spinning the game’s reels.
The audio then goes up a notch when you start playing, with tons of bombastic acoustic accents, such as the roaring lions and smashing cage sounds that accompany the locked wild feature in the game, which we’ll discuss later in this review, really making the whole production stand out.
Wild Gambler’s base game uses a twenty pay-line, five reel format. This is backed up by a special wild that’s got a bit more too it than your normal wild symbol, as you’ll discover later in the review. We’d just like to take a bit of time to talk about the Wild Gambler pay-table, which is an absolute success.
All of the wins available from the poker symbols have been cleverly stepped to offer you good wins at the ace slash king end of the spectrum, with the top feature symbols paying out great prizes across the board.
So this is where it gets a little complex. Wild Gambler has a special locked wild feature that actually, believe it or not, allows the player to pick their wilds on the reels. All you have to do is use your mouse to click on the stop spaces that you want to be locked wilds and you wish will be granted for all subsequent spins.
Obviously there is an increased price to be paid per spin in accordance with the number of wilds you’ve locked in place, together with their positions on the board. This way you can trim the variance of the game – put lots of wilds in place for a high spin cost and a guaranteed large return – although this will only make you a small amount of profit. Alternatively just stick a few wilds in place for a low spin cost and a less likely big payout. It’s loads of fun and something a bit different from the run of the mill games out there.
The bonus round in Wild Gambler is activated with a special reel system that’s not too dissimilar from that on another famous game – the mighty Reel King. All you have to do is take a spin on the reels of Wild Gambler and if you’re lucky enough to hit five meerkat – these pop out from underneath the reels then you’ll activate the free spin round where you’ll get eight free spins on the reels.
The best thing about this feature is that all the wilds you have locked in place during the base game will be carried over to the bonus.
Slot Professor Says
The game-play mechanism on Wild Gambler is very exciting and original. I do believe that I've only ever seen it on one other game, which is Betsoft's superb Italian restaurant inspired title, the wonderful Mamma Mia.
Wild Gambler is much more of a raw slot machine and it doesn't have a ton of bonus rounds to distract you from the action on the reels. Out of the two slots, I've got to say that this is by far and away my favourite game.
One thing I have to say is that Wild Gambler really is one machine that you absolutely must play for free. This is the only way you can build up a good reel strategy, whilst you take the time to observe spin costs and pay-outs.
Personally I like to put lots of wilds in the latter positions on the board as this doesn't adjust your spin cost by too much, but it does make it incredibly easy to hit the big paying five strong combinations. It's all a matter of balance – obviously you don't have to think too much as Ash Gaming have done a superb balancing act with the machine's odds, but it's nice to work out how you want to play.
The final thing I've got to talk about is the bonus round. Obviously if you lock loads of wilds in place then you're significantly reducing your chances of hitting the three scatters necessary to enter into the bonus round? Wrong.
The great thing about this machine is that you can activate the feature independently without having to stop a single scatter in place. This means that you can really ride home the wins if you manage to hit the bonus feature with a wild packed grid. It's money for nothing and you can literally make a fortune here.