The Wish Master goes to Morocco in NetEnt’s new WILD BAZAAR
Stacked, Colossal, Linked, and Multiplier Wilds
390 times the stake max exposure per single spin
Wild Bazaar Introduction
NetEnt is a company that is good at keeping secrets when it comes to new games, something that is extremely frustrating for nosy writers like ourselves, although, we must admit, for selfish reasons. Why, you may ask yourself? NetEnt, for those of you who don’t know, has been dominating the iGaming market for a very long time, and even with up-and-comers putting up a fight, NetEnt’s position in the top remains mostly unchallenged thank’s to classic games such as Dead or Alive, Jack And The Beanstalk, and Gonzo’s Quest. These are all immensely popular games that still stands the test of time.
Whatever there is to be said regarding the mathematical design, which has been of varying quality as of late, there is no doubt about the fact that NetEnt is a slot producing factory with massive biceps, capable of crafting some of the best looking games you’ll ever come across. That is why we can’t help but wet our pants when we see new titles listed on the company’s roadmap. Ya’ll know how much we love slots, and almost as much as we love playing them, we love writing about them. Enough of the chit-chat though. Time to take a look at Wild Bazaar.
What we got here is a 5-reel, 4-row slot with 26 fixed pay lines and a 96.15% RTP. Nothing unconventional so far in other words. It’s playable on all devices from €0.20 up to €400 and positioned somewhere in the middle part of the volatility spectrum. Worth noting is that NetEnt has done something remarkably awesome here. When playing at any lower bet, the Max Bet button must be pressed twice to activate. Thank you NetEnt!
Taking a step back to look at the slot, we’re definitely getting some weird Disney vibes, perhaps because of the cartoonish design along with the Aladdin type setting. There are a whole bunch of subtle things going on both in active and idle mode. A fan spinning, a radio pumping, a gentle breeze blowing across the screen. It’s a delightful and pleasant setting as you will see. As the title of the game suggests, the story takes place in a middle eastern market, with a backdrop of an Arabian town and blue skies.
Wild Bazaar Symbols
The low-value symbols here are represented by various knick-knacks sold on the market – blue, purple, green, and red ornaments. Here’s where it becomes a bit less conventional. There are 4 premiums in the form of chests, all which are of the same coin value. Landing 5 across a full pay line yields a 7,5 times the stake win. But there’s more to it than that as we will explain in the next section of the review.
Wild Bazaar Wild Spins Features
There is no Scatter symbol involved in Wild Bazaar, and neither a traditional type bonus feature where you would be introduced to a new setting or a new reel set altogether. Instead, the premium symbols play a central part in the game where 3 or more matching chest symbols appearing on a winning pay line award one of 4 Wild Spins features per spin:
- Stacked Wilds – Red Chest Symbol. When this feature is activated, Wilds on the reels appear in full reel stacks.
- Colossal Wilds – Green Chest Symbol. All Wilds appear as 2×2 Colossal symbols.
- Linked Wilds – Pink Chest Symbol. The leftmost and rightmost Wilds appearing on the same horizontal row transform all symbols, including chest symbols, between them into Wilds.
- X2 Multiplier Wilds – Blue Chest Symbol. All wins which include at least one Wild are multiplied by 2.
The cool part here is that it’s possible to trigger ALL 4 Wild Spins features in one single spin, which of course substantially increases the probability of landing a full-screen of wilds.
Say you land 4 blue chests. This will award 4 spins with a x2 multiplier wild. Now, if during one of these 4 respins you land 3 blue chests, another 3 spins will be added to your current active feature. If, on the other hand, you land 3 blue chests and 4 red chests, the game will first play out 3 spins with the Stacked Wilds AND x2 Multiplier features, followed by 1 spin containing only x2 Multiplier Wilds.
Wild Bazaar Conclusion
Wild Bazaar is a game that shares some characteristics found in The Wish Master, a very popular NetEnt slot launched back in 2014. They are both games with a focus on collectable Wild features possible to combine in the same spin. But that’s where the similarities end because Wild Bazaar is not a clone and should thus be judged on its own merits.
Did we enjoy playing the game? Both yes and no. It’s evident that Wild Bazaar is a “commercial” game designed to caters to a broader audience rather than winning hardcore slot players over. On the other hand, the same thing could be said about The Wish Master when it was released, which turned out to be a hit in every segment of the market.
Everyone loves Wild symbols, and here you certainly get a full good dose of them. What bothered us a little bit, however, is that it can be frustratingly hard to land a winning combination of chests, even though there appears to be an abundance of them. The main game itself can also become a bit tedious while waiting for the features to trigger as it offers no potential whatsoever. Moreover, the fact that a full screen wilds only yields a 195x win without the multiplier, and 390x with the x2 multiplier is not too exciting either, although there is room for landing several full screen wilds during the course of the respins. Unfortunately though it feels like NetEnt is taking another step backwards with this release.
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