Lord of the Wilds: Overview
Developer Red Tiger keeps the press running hot with a slot rolling off the line hot on the heels of the last one. This time the studio is braving the steaming African jungles in a game themed by the noble savage, Tarzan. Tarzan is joined by his squeeze Jane as well as a few features and a round of free spins. Tarzan needs no introduction, though his story has been distorted since it was first published in 1912. We’re used to seeing a primitive Tarzan, raised by monkeys getting tamed by Jane’s civilising ways. The original Tarzan was graciously well-spoken due to his gentlemanly upbringing as the Viscount Greystoke. No matter, we get the picture.
Lord of the Wilds might not be Red Tiger’s hottest looking slot, but it’s certainly no duff either. The bare-chested action takes place amidst a leafy, tree-filled forest, all misty in the distance. This is the kind of place that has scorpions hiding under every leaf or a thundering gorilla behind every tree. Such a scene requires a throbbing drumbeat soundtrack which is exactly what we get while the action takes place. Lord of the Wilds is playable on any device, offering stakes of 10 p/c to £/€40 per spin. Beneath the jungle exterior is a medium/high volatile math model, so you can expect long waits between bonus games. The other key stat is a default return to player rating of 95.66%. This is slightly lower than Red Tiger usually offer, so hopefully it’s not the start of another covert downward creep.
Crisscrossing the 5 reels are 30 paylines for players to land winning combinations on. This occurs when three or more matching symbols line up consecutively from the first reel onwards. The symbols we get are made up of 9 regular pays, a wild, and a scatter. Four card suits (clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades) are the low pays, followed by a toucan, a gorilla, and a panther as the mids.
There are no surprises to find Jane and Tarzan as the two premiums. Interestingly, while there are no barbers in the bush preventing Tarzan’s long hair from blowing free, he is completely clean-shaven. Anyway, the two premiums are worth 5x and 6x the stake respectively for five of a kind. A separate Tarzan symbol is wild, appearing on any of the reels. It is the most valuable on the paytable, worth 10x for a line of five, and it can substitute for any other symbol except the scatter.
Lord of the Wilds: Features
As the name alludes to, wilds are the key to the finest moments here, appearing in both the modifiers and the round of free spins.
However the features may play out, they’ve got some pretty nifty names. The first, Tarzan’s Treasure is awarded on any spin completely at random. When active, Tarzan comes swinging out of the jungle on a vine, adding Tarzan symbols (not wilds) to the reels for a guaranteed win. He may even swing randomly to add free spins symbols to potentially trigger the bonus round.
The second is Jane’s Wild Kiss which also appears out of the blue. When this one is active, Jane blows a kiss turning all visible Tarzan symbols wild, locking them in position for the next spin. In addition, whenever a Jane symbol lands next to a regular Tarzan symbol, it turns into a wild and locks for the next spin. If Jane symbols land next to previously locked wilds, they are locked once again for another spin.
Finally, 10 free spins are awarded when 3 free spins symbols are in view. Should you be lucky enough to land more than three, then each extra scatter awards 5 more spins up to a maximum of 20. During free spins, any wild that lands remains locked in position for the full duration of the feature.
Lord of the Wilds: Verdict
In the grand scheme of things, Lord of the Wilds is an okay slot that is far from unmissable. It feels like we could copy the verdict from the last couple of Red Tiger slots we reviewed and paste it here. More or less the same pros and cons apply. In the pro column, we get the pleasing visuals we’re used to seeing, as well as a decent bonus game.
Beyond that, the rest of the game isn’t so memorable. For one, the stats produced by the math model aren’t awe-inspiring, starting with RTP which is slightly lower than what you usually find in these Red Tiger filler slots. Then there’s the long wait between bonus games players have come to expect. On the bright side, free spins are pretty good. It might be completely unoriginal, but sticky wilds do have the capability of producing some nice results.
The results could have been better though. Lord of the Wild’s potential of 2,100 times the stake isn’t amazing and feels lower than it should be when paired with this level of volatility. Hitting the other features also takes time, and when they do appear, they aren’t likely to provide life-changing wins.
Still, free spins can be satisfying if you lock a good number of wilds in place early. The best result produced during testing was around 550x which might not be amazing, but it beats being torn apart by a troop of territorial gorillas. To sum up, Lord of the Wilds has a few plus points, it’s just too bad the downsides ultimately out weight them.
Lord of the Wilds is another unremarkable Red Tiger slot that has the style, but lacks much of the substance to provide many compelling reasons to play.