Wild Mantra (Yggdrasil Gaming): Review
Developed by Yggdrasil Gaming as part of the LeoVegas Originals series, Wild Mantra is a 5x4, 25 payline slot with a spiritual aura that involves Mantra Respins with potential to land you wild reels. The very same feature applies in the Free Spins round as well with the added benefit of full wild reels awarding you extra free spins. You can play it on all devices from between 10 cents and 125 Euros per spin.
There is a Buddhist feel to Wild Mantra, a religion that, with over 520 million followers (7% of the population), is the fourth-largest in the world. More specifically, it's the Tibetan Buddhist doctrine that is central to the narrative here. Set in the Himalayas, you'll see majestic mountain peaks under a crisp blue sky in the backdrop while the actual reels are set inside a stone temple ruin flanked by brass bells. Of course, it comes complete with meditative music to set the mood which doesn't exactly come as a surprise.
Instead of reels spinning vertically, you get cylindrical wheels where the symbols spin laterally, which is a bit strange at first. As a matter of fact, the game was originally going to be called Prayer Wheels, as we've found out, but it's possible that the developers felt the connection to Buddhism would be unnecessarily evident if allowed to speculate. Either way, you will come across lower value hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades as you spin the wheels, all of the same value. The 4 premium symbols, which are represented by various signs, are also of the same value and will give you 4 times your stake for 5 on a payline.
Wild Mantra (Yggdrasil Gaming): Features
Central to the action here is the wild which is the only symbol that can appear fully stacked. When a wild lands on the reels in the base game, it triggers the Mantra Respins feature. The original wild(s) remains in place while the other reels respin. Should more wilds appear during the respin, the original wild(s) will nudge one position to increase in size. The cycle repeats until no new wilds land on the reels.
It gets better in the Free Spins feature which is played when you land 3, 4 or 5 scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. If you manage to produce 5 scatters you'll receive 1000 times your stake headstart as well as the standard 10 free spins. Furthermore, all wilds present when triggering the free spins will be carried over into the round.
As a token of good will, you get 1 extra wild when the round starts but the greatest benefit here is the fact that all wilds that land on the reels become sticky. Aside from this, the Mantra Respins feature also applies and if you manage to fill a whole reel with wilds you'll receive 1 additional free spins.
Wild Mantra (Yggdrasil Gaming): Verdict
Although Wild Mantra is a good looking slot, it seems to have been on a bit of a tight budget and is rather basic for an Yggdrasil creation. This is not unusual when it comes to exclusive titles, in our experience, and often all that you will get is a reskin of some other old game in the portfolio. Don't expect any impressive cut-scenes or nice intros here, it's all as simple and stripped down as a monk's lifestyle. In fact, even the payouts are modest and the top payer actually comes from landing 5 scatters. Comparably, a full screen of sticky wilds in the free spins feature will "only" get you 100 times your stake per spin.
Wild Mantra is not a slot that we will rush to LeoVegas to play although, we have to admit, it's always interesting to give Yggdrasil's offerings a try just to see what it's all about.
Wild Mantra looks for deeper meaning but settles into a shallow and repetitive rut.