Wild Rails (Play'n GO): Review
Booting up any new Play'n GO slot, knowing their routine-like habit of "borrowing" from other providers, has become somewhat of a guessing game in which we look for telltale signs to expose their latest ripoff. In this particular case, however, Wild Rails turns out to be one of the more unique creations to roll off the Swedes production line as of recent. Sure, there's still the same old 5000x max win advertised (which you have roughly 1 in a billion chance to hit), and you can detect some visual resemblance to Yggdrasil's Cazino Zeppelin and Oriental Express if you're dead set on trying to come up with something to point your finger at. Whatever the case, at least we're saved from another variation of Moon Princess or an unscrupulous imitation of some other provider's work, so there's that.
Utilising 5 reels and 30 fixed paylines, you'll find the design of the reels to be slightly unorthodox here - instead of spinning vertically, they move horizontally across the screen. Set in the golden era of rail travel, this slot can deliver enough wilds to cover the whole screen, and a free spins round where you can count on wild trains to appear on every spin. Playable on all devices from 30 cents to 90€ per spin, it comes with a industry standard RTP setting of 96.53% that, keep in mind, can be lower in certain markets.
The visual design is quite charming, and the atmosphere it creates is strong. Made to look like a four-level railway bridge, the reels are set within a gorge, connecting two mountain sides from which you'll see train carriages appear carrying the symbols. With an almost steampunk feel, symbols include lower-value A to 10 royals as well as four distinguished travellers. The most rewarding is the lady holding the handheld fan giving you 20 times your stake for 5 of a kind. There's a wild symbol as well that is of central importance in the game and which will give you 30 times your total if you manage to land a full line of them.
Wild Rails (Play'n GO): Features
On every base game spin, Wild Trains have a chance to be randomly activated. Up to 4 Wild Trains can stop on the reels and can bring with it up to five Wilds. Essentially, this is the equivalent of fully stacked wild reels. Land a full screen of wilds in the base game and you'll pocket 900 times your total stake.
The highlight is the Free Spins round which comes into play when you land 3 or more golden train scatter symbols - 3, 4 or 5 of them will give you 5, 7 or 10 free spins respectively. You start the bonus with a guaranteed Wild Train on every spin. Every 3 scatters gets you an extra Wild Train and free spin. When all 4 Wild Trains have been collected, you get 3 additional free spins and will continue to earn 3 extra spins for every third scatter collected until you simply run out of free spins. Moreover, during the free spins round, the scatter symbol doubles as a wild.
Wild Rails (Play'n GO): Verdict
Wild Rails's time-bending free spins feature is the star of the show here, but its unique presentation, well-balanced action and overall entertaining gameplay go a long way in supporting a base game that, like in most other high variance slots, can be a bit of a grind at times. With that said, it's still a rather typical Play'n GO slot in terms of volatility, max win and RTP, which means experienced players are likely to recognise some of the patterns.
Overall, we enjoyed Wild Rails. It comes together very well and the overall production is of high quality. The key to winning big here is to collect as many scatter symbols as possible during the free spins round. Unlock all four wild trains and you could potentially end up with a full screen of wilds on all your remaining spins.
Wild Rails is a likeable and innovative slot with delightful personality well worth a try.