Wild Games Pokie
You may be surprised at the number of online poker machine developers that take great pride in bringing together animals and sports as a theme on their games. Microgaming did it on Soccer Safari among other games and now it’s the turn of Playtech who effectively create the animal Olympics in pokie form, courtesy of Wild Games. Perhaps the biggest draw of the theme is that various sports can inspire various bonuses and there’s certainly no shortage of them throughout the course of this particular game. Read on to see how that all plays out or give the game a spin for yourself here on the page.
Game Type: Video Pokie
Win Lines: 25
Special Features: Wilds, scatters, Competition Bonus, Medal Bonus
Top Prize: 4,000 coins
While the control buttons on Wild Games have been reimagined as podiums to suit the theme, they’re pretty much exactly what Playtech fans will be used to. In simple terms, you choose a number of lines with a cap of 25, then decide on a line bet for each. The multiple of those two makes for your bet per spin and you can then proceed to get the reels rolling. Players that are looking for the biggest prizes that the game has to offer from the very beginning can get straight into things with the Bet Max button, which not only sets everything as high as it will go, but even spins the reels too.
The overall image of this poker machine is crisp and clean but it requires a lot more than that to grab our attention! Fortunately, there are plenty of features backing up the looks and you’re likely to encounter the wild card first of all, which is represented by the Wild Games trophy. It’s about as simple as they come in terms of acting as a wild, but is merely a prelude to the real meat of the game, which takes place within the Competition Bonuses.
These features are each based around a different animal and their respective sporting event and you’ll need to land a stack of the animal in question on the middle reel in order to activate the game. First up is the Freestyle Swim Bonus which comes into play when three bulldogs land in a stack. One bulldog is chosen to participate in a swimming race and finishing in the top three will award a medal together with eight free spins. The medal you’ve won is added to the board and every appearance will award more spins, with two for bronze, three for silver and four for gold available.
Next up is the 100m Dash featuring the cheetah. Eight free spins are the order of the day once again but this time your medals come with their own wild feature. Gold medals become expanding wilds every time they land, while silver medals are not only wild in their own right but will also turn another symbol on the same reel into an additional wild. The bronze medal isn’t exactly a feature in its own right as it’s just a standard wild card but every little helps.
Finally there’s the Balance Beam Bonus and while it’s the least inspired of the three Competition Bonus rounds, it’s still well worth picking up. Essentially, you pick one of three routines to complete with the outcome being an instant prize of something between six and ten times your total stake.
Wild Games also incorporates a bonus for landing three medals of matching colours. Simply choose one of the medals on display to reveal instant cash, with gold ones being more valuable than silver and silver offering larger potential returns than their bronze counterparts.
Game Culture’s Opinion
Wild Games is a great little slot that doesn’t just use the theme for graphical purposes but also to add character to the features. They may only be free spins and pick a win bonuses deep down but the presentation certainly deserves praise. Overall, the game certainly has plenty to offer and is a top notch original creation from one of Australia’s favourite developers.