The Wild 3 introduction
Oh boy, firing up this slot we didn't know what was what. We gave up reading the instructions manual and just dived right into it, hoping to learn along the way. The Wild 3 may have a standard setup of 5 reels, 3 rows and 10 pay lines, but it's quite far from a traditional slot, at least when looking at the features.
There's a lot of things going on in the game, so writing this review turned out to be a bit of a challenge. Focus here appears to be more on entertainment rather than trying to please hardcore slot players. It's a colourful, happy, action-packed slot with payouts that are nothing out of the ordinary.
With cartoonish visuals and a sound loop inspired by The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, it's a classic wild west story. The three sheriff heroes - "El Loco" the Racoon, "Five Star" the Coyote, and "T-bone" the Bull, are up against the evil outlaws harassing the sleepy town of Peaceville.
The Wild 3 symbols
Symbols on the reels include variations of cactus flowers, dynamite, bags of money, gold bars, safes, banks and vultures, the latter being the most valuable giving you 25 times the stake on bet level 0. Central to the game is the 3 wild symbols represented by the Wild Racoon (purple), the Wild Coyote (red), and the Wild Bull (green), all of them with their own individual abilities:
- Wild Racoon feature - if WILD RACOON appears anywhere on reel 3, it may randomly replace regular symbols on the reels. If 2 BONUS symbols initially appear on the reels and either/both are subsequently replaced by WILD RACOON, the free spins game will still be triggered.
- Wild Coyote feature - if WILD COYOTE appears anywhere on reel 3, all CACTUS symbols (purple, green and tall cactus) turn to WILD COYOTE symbols.
- Wild Bull feature - if WILD BULL appears anywhere on reel 3, all wins in which one or more WILDS are involved are randomly multiplied by 2, 3, 5 or 10.
As explained above, if any of the 3 wild symbols land on the middle reel, the Wild 3 feature is triggered. It's possible to trigger more than one Wild feature on the same spin. If, for example, the WILD COYOTE and WILD RACOON features are triggered simultaneously, WILD COYOTE feature is initiated first.
The Wild 3 comes with a Super Bet button, found in many other NextGen slots, with 3 options to regulate RTP/Variance, bet size range, and active Wild features:
- Bet level 0 - allows for bets between €0.10 and €100 with a 95.5% RTP setting. Only Wild Racoon feature is active.
- Bet level 1 - allows for bets between €0.15 and €150 with a 96% RTP setting. Both Wild Racoon and Wild Coyote features are active.
- Bet level 2 - allows for bets between €0.20 and €200 with a 96.7% RTP setting. All 3 Wild features are active.
When playing the game for the first time, a random set of 3 missions is generated. Mission sets are generated randomly for each available coin value and Super Bet level. 3 out of 8 missions will be assigned to each mission set. Sounds complicated? It's not actually. For example, to complete a mission set you may have to get a big win, trigger the Wild 3 feature and land a 5 of a kind win. Upon doing so, the Rob the Rich feature is awarded.
Rob The Rich Feature
This is essentially a picking bonus with 15 moneybags appearing onscreen. Players start with 3 picks and clicking the moneybags will reveal credit prizes, 2 extra picks or mystery symbols. Revealing a mystery symbol awards a cash prize of 5x - 100x. Total win is the sum of all revealed prizes multiplied by the total bet.
Lock 'n' Load Respins & Free Spins
Triggering the free spins here is different from most slots. 5 free games are awarded when 2 bonus symbols (which only appear on reels 2 and 4) and at least one wild symbol appear on the same reel spin. Landing the 2 bonus symbols without the wild grants a second chance with the help of the Lock 'n' Load Respin. Reels 2 and 4 are then held while reel 3 is re-spun up to 3 times.
During the free spins, wild symbol(s) appearing on reel 3 are sticky for the duration of the feature. Any additional wild symbol landing on the middle reel will also remain sticky. The greatest benefit, however, is the fact that the abilities belonging to the wild(s) that helped activate the bonus will be played out for every spin of the bonus. This means that should you trigger the bonus with 2 bonus symbols + the Coyote, the ability belonging to the Coyote will then activate following every spin.
The Wild 3 Conclusion
As you could probably tell by this review it's quite a lot to keep track of here. Thankfully The Wild 3 is not as complicated as it seems once you start spinning the reels. There are some things you need be aware of, however.
Playing with Super Bet level 0 and 1 proved to be useless and only allows for a max win potential of 250 times the stake due to the absence of multipliers. To get the most out of this slot, players will need to activate Super Bet level 2 and trigger the bonus with the green multiplier wild in combination with the red, or even better, all three, which potentially could give a full screen of wilds with a x10 multiplier. This is your only shot at landing the 1250x max win per single spin, something that is achievable in the main game as well.
So what is the final verdict? Whether you will like this game or not comes down to what type of player you are. If you're open minded and appreciate entertaining features over volatility, this may be for you. If, on the other hand, you're the type of hardcore traditional slot player more attracted to volatile beasts, The Wild 3 may appear confusing and annoying.