Wild Preditors slot game
Set among the thick dense jungles or mangrove islands of Sri Lanka, the archipelago of dunes known lovingly by the natives as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. This slot game, by Golden Rock Studios, is all about tracking down and tagging wild life thought to have been extinct in this part of the world for 20,000 years, such as the tiger and the panther but which in this slot surprisingly still dwell among the foliage of this largely unspoilt land. Great whites and salt water crocodiles are to be tracked in the crystal clear waters and in the skies of this tropical paradise keep a keen eye out for the majestic eagle. All these plus a Buddha scatter and a wild tropical storm which appears only to enhance winning combinations for those who venture.
On the trail of the Wild Predators
Wild Predators is a standard 3 row on 5 reels slot set on the format design of a typical Hindu Temple that is situated on the water’s edge of a mangrove island in a stunning lagoon somewhere in the Indian Ocean. The reels have a total of 10 symbols-apart from the wild and the scatter, and are divided into two categories, the higher value icons and the lower value icons. The lower being the black jack cards that go from 10 to ace and offer relatively modest payouts and the higher being the Predators that pay out significantly more and, out of which the Tiger tops them all at a staggering top payout of 50k for a win line of five symbols, 40k for the Panther 30k for the Shark, 25k for the Crocodile and 20k for the Eagle. The black jack cards pay significantly less at maximum potential of 15k for the higher house, 12k for the Queen and 7.5k for the lower house. The wild card plays an important role in this slot as free spins are awarded whenever one helps complete a high value symbol win line that also include 2 symbol wins- yes 2 higher value symbols, which compensate for the fact that the 5 reels only hold 5 win lines from left to right beginning from reel one. Another point to consider is that this slot has been rated as a high to very high volatility game and comes with a rather lower than average RTP of just short of 96%, so the above mentioned potentials are obviously achievable only if the game is set at the highest possible bet.
Wild storms and Buddha Scatters
One of the more interesting characters of this slot is the Wild which depicts an electrical tropical storm and can appear on any of the middle reels, namely 2-3-4. This helps to create or complete winning combinations with any of the regular symbols, but when it lands and completes a winning line with any of the higher value predator symbols, a bonus feature with a number of free spins is set off. The winnings are then saved and can be restarted whenever a special symbol, or additional wild appears during the free spins feature and any further winnings then become the new feature amount that may set off a chain of free spins and retriggers that can very well bring to the player substantial monetary rewards. Furthermore, the Buddha scatter symbol sets off the Bonus feature and for each wild that lands during this feature an extra spin is added.
A personal comment
A lot of work and expertise goes into the creation of a slot game and in today’s rapidly growing industry of on line casinos and slots, it is becoming increasingly difficult, more like impossible to come up with anything fresh, not to mention anything new and original, and even when on occasion someone manages, it is a matter of time until it is cloned and copied, and once in a while even improved On the other hand, I would not be revealing any hidden secrets if I say that all slot games are designed to rake in profits, some more than others, some less. The least a provider is expected to do is make the time that punters spend on these slot games an intriguing, dynamic and potentially, financially rewarding. I have seen games that have offered a potential windfall of 7 figures and I have seen others whose maximum payout would not be a life changing event, but the best slot games I have come across are those whose creators went the extra mile to ensure that the experience would leave the player, if none too richer, all pumped up and eager for a second, third, or whatever, time round. Wild Predators is not on of the best slots I have come across, neither is it one of the worst, but the theme has not been thoroughly researched and it offers little for a slot to become a favourite among players. I must also add that I would have ranked it higher, had those scatters appeared that little bit more frequently, as the free spin feature does liven things up and raises hope. A little finer tuning, I believe, would have put a whole different complexion on things.
The nitty gritty
Three rows on five reels which can produce five winning combinations, from left to right beginning from reel one. A high to very high Volatility ranking which normally means the odds of the game are that your hits are much more frequent on the lower value black jack symbols than on the higher paying ones. The RTP is rather low and clocks in at just shy of 96% and it’s maximum payout is 1020x the staked bet. The designers came up with some very interesting ideas like the free spin on landing a wild combination and the two symbol win lines which might render winning combinations a bit more meagre, but certainly more frequent, thus to some degree expanding the 5 payways.