Wild Tome of the Woods (Quickspin): Overview
Swedish studio Quickspin has always loved its fairy tales, legends and folklore's, so much so that they've now decided to take it upon themselves to compose one of their own. Inspired by classic British novels and Greek mythology, Wild Tome of the Woods is a story of mysticism, adventure, and camaraderie that follows the premise of a reclusive wizard by the name of Tom who has developed an unhealthy obsession of trying to turn common objects into gold. Having succeeded in his quest, Tom gets more than he bargained for which eventually begins to cause all sorts of problems for him and his animal friends Crikey, Sylvester and Eleanor. Together, they must somehow put an end to the madness before their home becomes exploited by gold seekers and greedy gamblers.
Played using a 6x4, 26-payline setup, Wild Tome of the Woods is a medium to high variance video slot that benefits from a Wild Tome symbol that can transform regular symbols into wilds, set in motion a chain reaction and ultimately lead to enhanced payouts. Spinnable from 0.25 to €/£100, you can enter the mysterious world of Tom and his friends through your computer or mobile device.
Loaded with charm and comprised of classy artwork of the highest quality, the story unfolds in Whittlewood Forest, a real-life forest in England that used to be a medieval hunting ground. With a dense forest backdrop, symbols on the reels include green, yellow and red elixir bottles as well as the more rewarding animal friends of Tom which all appear stacked on the reels. It is Eleanor the owl that is the most valuable of these, giving you 16 times your stake for six across a full payline. The golden wreath is the wild - it substitutes for all regular symbols and will provide you with 20 times your stake for a six of a kind combination.
Wild Tome of the Woods (Quickspin): Features
The most important symbol to look out for is the red book symbol, which is the special Wild Tome. When one or more of these appear on the reels, you'll see the Wild Tome feature come into play. The Wild Tome symbol will then randomly choose one of the other symbols visible on the reels and transform them, as well as itself, into wilds.
If you're lucky, there's also the chance of one of the wilds turning into another Wild Tome, in which case you will see the previously mentioned mechanism repeat. This chain reaction can potentially continue until the whole screen is filled with wild symbols which, in turn, triggers the All Wilds Win feature that doubles the value of the wilds to reward you a jackpot payout of 1000 times your stake.
Wild Tome of the Woods (Quickspin): Verdict
Unfortunately, the beauty of Wild Tome of the Woods is only skin deep. Peel off the outer layer, and you'll uncover a rusty construction that isn't very appealing at all. Primarily, the Wild Tome feature is not sufficient enough to carry the game, and things are made even worse by the average payouts. The 6-reel, 4-row approach isn't optimal either, especially in combination with the limited paylines and with the absence of scatters and wilds during the main game. The wall of low-paying symbols simply isn't very exciting to look at.
If you head into Whittlewood Forest looking for gold, you won't find any. If on the other hand you're just on the lookout for something simple to wind down to, Wild Tome of the Woods has a relaxing setting to offer.
Wild Tome of the Woods has a charming visual style and some interesting gameplay concepts, but the core action is too repetitive and weak to sustain your interest for very long.