The Wild Hatter: Overview
Alice in Wonderland is a literary classic that still manages to entertain modern audiences despite being accustomed to cutting edge video games and realistic CGI. For the gambling world, it has also provided fertile ground for theming slots. They pop up from time to time with perhaps White Rabbit the gold standard to have used the Alice theme in recent times. The latest game to be inspired by the CS Lewis story and take players on a far-out trip is The Wild Hatter from Red Tiger.
This gorgeously drawn slot borrows a couple of characters to fill its fantasy world. The Mad Hatter plays the leading role and has been refashioned and renamed the Wild Hatter. His name offers a pretty clear clue as to the features players can expect to find in the game. We’ll get to those in a moment, for now, let’s lay the scene. It is a phenomenal one and starts with a swirling dreamy screen when the game first loads to display paytable information. Taking centre stage is the Wild Hatter character. With his flowing red hair, Red Tiger appears to have styled him after the Johnny Depp character, Tarrant Hightopp, from the Tim Burton/James Robin films. Hit the play button, and the screen fills with a fabulous view of Wonderland as the game’s background.
Giant, towering mushrooms surround the 5x4 grid while a golden castle shimmers in the distance. When they want to, the Red Tiger graphical team can show off some really outstanding visuals. It’s a nice start, but good looks only go so far. To get started and to join in on the tea party, players need to set stakes from as low as 10 p/c per spin or as high as £/€100. For that, players get an RTP slightly down on 95.79% and a hit rate of 4/5, which seemed a little high when compared to the win rate that occurred during testing. Red Tiger has rated volatility at 5/5, which means battling through the base game since everything has been poured into its one feature.
The ornately decorated grid has 30 paylines for winning combinations of 3 or more matching symbols to land. To do so, you get 10 regular pay symbols in total, split into 5 high and 5 low pays. The low pays are sparkling 10-A card royals, nicely decorated to fit in with the lush surroundings. The high pays borrow imagery from the Alice story to enhance the atmosphere. In ascending order is a knight from a chessboard, a teapot, a colourful top hat, an old fashioned timepiece, and the Cheshire cat staring maniacally at players. As an indication of value, a line of five cat symbols is worth 10 times the stake. Due to the way the feature works it is possible to fill the grid with any type of pay symbol.
The Wild Hatter: Features
Features are thin with just a Wild Respin feature to break up the rhythm and inject some interest. The Wild Hatter tile kicks it all off and his first role is a substituting for any other symbol. When the Wild Hatter lands, it locks one randomly chosen symbol type, and triggers a respin. During the respin, only more of the locked symbol type can possibly appear. If one or more of these symbols does land, it is also locked into position and triggers another respin.
If another wild symbol lands during a respin it upgrades the locked tiles to a higher paying symbol and triggers another respin. Up to 3 new Wild Hatters can land during a single respin feature.
Each time additional symbols land during respins they increase the respin multiplier by +1. As you’d imagine, this multiplier begins the feature at x1. Finally, when no more new symbols land or the grid is packed with them, the winning amount is tallied up and paid out and the base game continues.
The Wild Hatter: Verdict
With Red Tiger painting the picture, The Wild Hatter slot is indeed a pretty one. However, its sparkling good looks don’t go anywhere near making up for the shortfalls in other areas. For one, The Wild Hatter gets a bit tedious after a while, with plenty of dead or dull spins and no bonus game to hold out for. Wild respin wins can be decent from time to time, but the Hatter really needs to OD on tea before he’s able to sling mountains of coins at lucky players.
That can possibly happen when the grid fills up during a respin and the multiplier is certainly a welcome edition. But overall, The Wild Hatter isn’t a massive paying slot. With potential hovering around 3,300 times the stake at absolute maximum, the game isn’t quite as wild as the title might make it out to be. It definitely doesn’t come close to threatening White Rabbit as a zany, off the hook Wonderland driven slot. Some in the community might complain how hard it is to trigger White Rabbit’s bonus game, but at least it has one.
For a nicely developed game world, with such attractive scenery, it’s too bad The Wild Hatter is so light on features. Having just one mixing up the flow and boosting wins lets the rest of the game down. At least one more feature could’ve made The Wild Hatter a much more interesting proposal, say a random base game modifier? Oh well, to its credit, the The Wild Hatter symbol does drop fairly frequently to break up the monotony of the base game. Then again, it kind of has to because there is nothing else to this one-trick pony to entertain players with.
Heavy on atmosphere, but light on features and potential makes Red Tiger’s The Wild Hatter a rather mundane ride down the rabbit hole.