IGT go howling mad as they give you a chance to get your paws into the hundred pay-line snarling monster slot that is Wolf Rising
Wolf Rising Features
- The latest machine in the classic IGT Wolf Run series
- Without question, the biggest set of reels produced by IGT to date
- 100 pay-lines of action gives you some huge chances to land winning combos
- Stacked wilds in the mix turn the reel action into a red hot frenzy
- Double and triple reel symbols have the power to pay big prizes
- Classic Moonlit reels in the bonus are stuffed with wilds and scatters
Wolf Rising is the latest in a long line of Wolf Run slot machines. Allegedly inspired by Jack London’s classic canine adventure, The Call of the Wild, these machines all have one thing in common – a bunch of stacked wilds on the reels that give players a ton of winning chances in the base game. Wolf Rising takes this formula and gives it a massive amount of expansion, offering players a huge base game grid that’s amongst the biggest created by IGT, dwarfing even the reels of the doubled up slot machine, Da Vinci Diamonds Dual Play.
When it comes to graphics, Wolf Rising shows how far slots have come in the last five years if you compare this machine to the original Wolf Run. Sure, there are plenty of similarities between the graphics, but you’ll notice that everything on Wolf Rising has that touch of finesse, from the double and triple wolf symbols that sit on the reels through to the animations and the sumptuous background. One thing that’s carried through well is the North American tribal theme, which still defines the artwork on the reels, with the famous totem pole symbol replacing the wolf wilds.
The original Wolf Run suffered badly from a lack of quality sound. This isn’t the case with Wolf Rising, where you’ll notice that the same amount of detail has been paid to the audio as to the artwork on the reels. Haunting tones now accompany the base-game action that fit in well with the overall presentation of this game. If you feel that the original slot now lacks ambition, then you can find everything you ever hoped for on the reels of this machine. Couple this up with a huge range of natural back-of-beyond sound effects like the hooting of owls and you’ll almost feel like you’re camping out in North America waiting for the wins to drop off the reels.
What about the Wolf Run base game? Well this now plays over what is in effect a doubled up version of the Wolf Run sequel slot, Wild Wolf. You’ve got an amazing forty stop spaces that are distributed in an eight by five reel array on which a hundred pay-lines of red hot action are ready for your bets. This is quite a large grid – remember that 100 Pandas, which also uses the Wolf Run stacked wild formula, packs the same amount of lines over a much smaller grid.
Next up are the Wolf Rising base-game symbols. There are a load of stacked totem wilds on every reel to help you hit the wins. You also get some various stacked big paying wolf symbols to help you on your winning ways – these come either as doubles or trebles and will allow you to hit some big paying multiple combinations on the reels. The best thing about these stacked wilds is that they appear in groups of eight on the reels as a totem pole, where each wild has a different face- a lovely little touch that adds to the appeal of this fantastic machine.
Finally you’ve got the Wolf Rising free spin round. Now this hasn’t changed since the days of Wolf Run – and why should it when IGT managed to hit the winning formula right the first time. All you have to do is hit three of the special bonus scatters on the middle three reels and you’ll be taken onto an enhanced set of reels – known as the Moonlit Reels – where you’ll get five free spins. Here you can re-trigger the bonus by hitting three more scatters to add a further five spins to your total allowing you to hit the massive money in this feature that’s packed with even more stacked wilds that you get to see in the base game.
Slot Professor Says
Here we are again, reviewing another Wolf Run style slot from IGT. You’ve got to give it to these guys, when it comes to remaking the same game over and over again - they’re top of the tree. Before we even look at Wolf Rising, I’ve got to mention the Siberian Storm series, which includes Pamplona, Day of the Dead, Fire Opals and Star Trek – Against All Odds. The Wolf Run series is almost as expansive, with Coyote Moon, Grand Monarch, Wild Wolf, 100 Pandas all using a very similar game engine. Why? Because it works well and the bottom line is that the structure is hugely successful.
Wolf Rising is without question the biggest game that IGT have put out to date. Something tells me that this is more than just a little down to their rivalry with another top slot producer – WMS. These guys have produced a number of games featuring their big Colossal reels, such as Kiss and Spartacus. Could Wolf Rising be a genuine attempt to try to produce something at short notice that offers a similar gaming experience? Well, the jury is out – although the large reels of Wolf Rising do have something in common with these Williams Entertainments machines, ultimately Wolf Rising doesn’t quite offer the same levels of game-play – IGT have to up their innovation.
My strategy tips for this game? Well, in all honesty none of the Wolf Run games have been very good when it comes to hitting the bonus rounds. I’ve never seen a player go on a big run of free spins and I’ve personally walked away from many sessions without even having a sniff of the bonus. This doesn’t mean there isn’t money to be won from the reels of Wolf Rising however – you’re just more likely to hit it in a massive multiple combination running across the reels that you are from a bonus spin. Take this information and do with it what you will – but my hint is that you don’t need to adopt penny slot tactics where you eek out a living on the edge trying to hunt down feature glory.