Wild Gambler Slot Review
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This offering by Ash Gaming is another slot which is considered to be a favourite amongst both recreational and high roller players alike.
Very easy and straightforward to play, the ability to lock a symbol in place is a unique feature but many new players make the mistake of using this particular feature more often than they should which results in it not being used to its best advantage.
We will talk about this later in the bonus options section of this review.
Theme and subject
The theme of the Wild Gambler slot is the African wild life and it has to be said that it is a very enjoyable game to play.
Very quick gameplay and it is possible to experience some very nice wins when the wild symbols pop up, not to mention the bonus feature which can also get your heart beating a little bit quicker!
The game could be described as being a little bit on the basic side as the bonus options are limited and the bonus round doesn’t actually come around very often.
Small wins are picked up along the way which keeps the player interested so it is not as if there are long losing runs between bonus rounds but some players might find the variance of the Wild Gambler slot is not exactly to their liking.
Symbols and soundtrack
The soundtrack is basic to say the least but if you think about it, there is not an awful lot more that Ash Gaming could have done.
The main theme of the soundtrack is a drum beating in the background with occasional animal noises mixed in so it would be fair to say that it does the job that it is required to do.
Without naming names, there are some online slots on the market which give the impression that they have blown their entire production budget on the soundtrack, to the detriment of the quality of the actual game.
Ash gaming can’t be accused of going down that route so you would have to say that they have got the soundtrack just right.
When it comes to the symbols, again, nothing extravagant but they portray the theme of the game perfectly and are very well produced.
The symbols consist of the usual ten, jack, queen, king and ace as well as various animal symbols which are in line with the theme of the game.
These include a flamingo, a cheetah, a rhino and a lion which also acts as the wild card symbol.
One of the features of the Wild Gambler slot is that when a Wild symbol appears you are given the option of locking it in for the next spin.
This option doesn’t come for free but you are advised how much the locking in spin will cost should you wish to proceed.
If you are familiar with the traditional slot machines in the pubs and clubs of the UK you will remember a feature similar to this with the ‘hold’ option.
When the game allowed it, you could click on the reels and they would be held in place in the hope a winning line would appear when the remaining symbols dropped into place.
This Wild Gambler feature is a modernised version of this with the obvious difference being that you have to pay extra for it.
There is one aspect of the Wild Gambler game relating to the lock in feature which players don’t seem to realise so let’s take a quick look at this before we go any further.
When the Wild symbol appears on any of the reels the player is given the option of locking that wild in place for the next spin.
There is a ‘lock and spin’ button which is situated to the right of the normal spin button and the cost of the ‘lock and spin’ is displayed above this button.
If this lock in spin is more than ten times the original stake a warning will come up to inform the player of this fact which can be extremely helpful if you get carried away.
The aspect of this ‘lock in’ feature that many players don’t realise though is that you don’t have to wait for a wild to appear before you can lock it.
All you need to do is to simply click on any of the symbols and they will be locked in but even though you will be informed of the cost of taking advantage of this, makes sure you keep an eye on exactly what is going on because quite understandably, the stakes can end up being enormous.
The bonus options for the Wild Gambler slot can be both extremely frustrating as well as extremely profitable.
The bonus is triggered when a meerkat appears at the bottom of each real holding the letters which spell B O N U S.
The only problem is, your heart will miss a beat when the first two or three letters seems to appear out of nowhere but the last two or even one letter doesn’t appear so the bonus has not been triggered.
It really can be extremely frustrating.
When it does trigger, free spins are awarded and if a wild symbol or symbols appear they are locked in automatically for the duration of the free spins.
If a few of these wilds appear during the free spins the returns can be very attractive and it is not unusual for this to happen.
Pros and cons
Most players will admit that there are more pros than cons with the Wolf Run slot so with that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the game.
- Quite an entertaining game to play, especially if the meerkats don’t let you down
- Bonus round can be extremely lucrative if the wilds appear early on during the free spins
- Very quick gameplay for a slot with these kind of features
- Hard to bet too much on a spin because of the adequate warnings that are in place
- Bonus spins don’t come around very often and it is quite common to get your hopes up only to have them dashed when the U and the S don’t appear on the final two reels.
- The variance is meant to be about average but it sometimes feels like long losing runs are the norm
- The soundtrack could perhaps be a little bit more authentic
- The increased cost of the locked in spins sometimes means that it is very difficult to make a profit from them
If you enjoyed playing the Wild Gambler slot you could take a look at another slot which is basically exactly the same, the Wild Gambler Arctic Adventure slot.
To be honest, you would probably be better off playing at one or the other instead of both of them. because the only difference is one of them is based on the arctic and everything about the slot is blue to portray the cold weather!
Another option would be to go for the wild life theme so with that in mind, the Raging Rhino slot from WMS (Williams Interactive) might appeal to you.
Quite an entertaining game with a bonus which can pay very well if your luck is in!
Where to play
The Wild Gambler slot is another one of those games where it is not difficult to find an online casino where you can play the game but on saying that, it is not one of those slots which is available more or less everywhere.
When playing the Wild Gambler slot, it is always a good idea to see if there are any sign up bonuses which you can use to play the game.
Always take the time to read the terms and conditions which go with these bonuses so with that in mind, here are a list of online casinos which offer this slot and the sign up bonuswhich you can use to play the game.
- Casino Euro– 100% to £200
- Bet365 Casino – 100% to £200
- William Hill Casino – 100% to £200
- Trada Casino – 100% to £100
- Betfred Casino – 100% to £50
- Grosvenor Casino – 100% to £100
- Casino Lux – 100% to £200