Rockabilly Wolves (Just For The Win): Review
Maybe even more than any other Microgaming partner, Swedish developer JFTW has been struggling to produce anything of relevance. Most games so far have been "meh" at best and at this point, the whole venture is starting to come across as rather pointless. So, without expecting fireworks to set our world alight we set out to give Rockabilly Wolves a try, and it didn't take long until it triggered the first face-palm.
Despite of the intense rockabilly background music blasting, it was the geometric-style reels that caught our attention. Expecting to see a 3-4-4-4-3 reel design or for the colourful stacked symbols to go crazy in the middle reels, we were slightly disappointed to learn that it's in fact just a plain 5-reel, 3-row, 20-payline slot. Rockabilly Wolves is a high variance slot that benefits from a Re-Spin feature in the main game and Sticky Wilds and multipliers of up to 6x in the Free Spins game. You can play it across all devices from between 0.10€ to 50€ per spin.
Visually, it's colourful and straightforward, although the childish cartoon-style graphics might be a bit over the top in our opinion. Seeing how strikingly similar in style some of the "wolves" are to Disney's characters, it would be interesting to hear their opinion on the game. Either way, visual design is the one area in which these guys actually know what they are doing and though it's far from the best looking slot we've seen, it's also far from the worst.
With a 50s feel, you'll see A, K, Q and J royals on the reels as well as 3 fully stacked higher-value symbols represented by cherries, 8-balls and the Rockabilly Wolves logo. The latter is the most rewarding, giving you 20 times your stake for 5 across a full payline. There's also a fully stacked wild symbol that pays the same as the logo.
Rockabilly Wolves (Just For The Win): Features
The scatter symbol is the one to your eyes on. Appearing on the three middle reels only, 2 of them in view will trigger the Re-Spin feature. The 2 scatter symbols are held in position as the reels respin, thus giving you a second chance to land the 3rd scatter needed to trigger the bonus as well as an opportunity to land a new winning combination.
Landing 3 scatters will reward you 9 Free Spins with the 3rd reel scatter from the triggered spin converted into a Multiplier Sticky Wild, locked into position for the duration of the free spins that starts at 2x. Now, any sticky wilds or multiplier sticky wilds (these are two different wilds) landing on the reels will also lock and remain in place. Furthermore, any additional multiplier sticky wild appearing on the reels will increase the multiplier by an increment of 1 up to a maximum of 6x. You can also retrigger the feature once - when at least one wild has landed on each reel, 3 extra free spins are added to your total.
Though unconfirmed, a max win of 2400 times your stake per single spin should be achievable in the unlikely event of landing a full screen of sticky wilds.
Rockabilly Wolves (Just For The Win): Verdict
Sticky wilds is an exceptionally fun feature if implemented in the right way and has been used in iconic games such as Dead or Alive, Cazino Zeppelin, and more recently, The Dog House by Pragmatic Play. The feature comes to good use here as well, although it doesn't quite pack the punch we were hoping for.
Unfortunately, the main game underperforms and we got thoroughly bored playing it - there's little to no potential and the free spins seemed to take ages to trigger. The respin feature initially helped make things a bit interesting, but after 9 or so teases without landing the 3rd scatter, it started to get a bit annoying instead.
Rockabilly Wolves is a little step forward for JFTW although we're not sure that it says much considering the last few games have been dreadful. This is not a game we will spend our hard earned money on. It just doesn't cut it in this competitive market with thousands of games screaming for your attention. Sorry, Just For The Win but this one is Just For The Bin.
Rockabilly Wolves, a lawsuit from Disney waiting to happen.