About Wild Gambler
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.