Wolf Rising Slot Machine
Wolf Rising is a video slot from IGT featuring an animal theme, but not one in a strictly zoo fashion. The game is more about the spiritual aspect of the magnificent animal that is the wolf, and there are several kinds of wolves on screen. Wolf Rising benefits from 8 visible rows of symbols and 5 columns, with the control panel positioned on the side.
As you load the game, noble wolves will start to howl and you’ll feel the depths of the forest right away. Even though the main setting shows one mighty wolf in a winter period with snow and darkness, his cousins are shown in various landscapes. There is the white wolf upon a snowy background, a brown wolf with mountain tops behind it, a black wolf seen walking upon snow again, and a grey wolf on a green pasture. Low payouts are attached to standard playing card symbols, namely A, K, J, Q, 10 and 9. The animal symbols are oversized and take up 2 or 3 positions on the tall reels.
There are Bonus symbols as well, which are circle shaped and have strange drawings of some kind of wolf-dragon animal on them. Wilds are totem pieces which appear in stacks.
The big yellow Spin button takes centre stage on the dashboard, while added features include the Autospin button (no max bet). The players can choose the number of active paying lines up to a maximum of 100, and they can also set the line bet. The total bet value will them be shown in the designated field.
The main bonus in Wolf Rising is the Free Spins Stacked Wilds feature. It is an expanded Stacked Wilds feature (Stacked Wilds happen in base game and make monster winning combinations possible) during which the player gets 5 free spins and the Bonus symbols pays an award of 2x the total bet. One needs to line up 3 Bonus symbols on the middle reels to initiate free spins. A total of 5 freebies may seem a bit tight fisted, but bear in mind that more Stacked Wilds will appear on the middle reels during gratis spins. Also, the round can be re-triggered with more Bonus symbols, and in base case scenario you can accumulate up to 255 free spins.
Wild totem poles and free spins are the main sources of payouts in Wolf Rising, and there is much else to say about the gameplay. The slot is accommodating for low rollers as it doesn’t require extremely high stakes for the best of payouts.
The RTP is 93.37% and the expected jackpot is 10,000 coins for Wolf Rising. IGT has made the slot mobile compatible and fully optimised for Android smartphones, iPhones and tablets. With a Native American feel and a touch of wilderness, Wolf Rising appeals to gamers with a free spirit. It might be missing some additional special features, and the playing card icons might have been avoided but it shouldn’t be dismissed on account of small fallbacks.
Wolf Rising Slots - Summary
When you start spinning, you will notice some huge stacked wilds, in the form of totem poles, which is pretty cool. In many ways, this game takes some of the best features of the Colossal Reels by WMS (same company, different brand) and enhances them, like the giant reels (called Colossal reels in WMS games)
The bonus symbols in Wolf Rising land with a reassuring thud, which could almost be termed a boom, if your speakers are good.
During the bonus, you get free spins, which is always great fun. The mood is enhanced by the big wins, with the wolf howling in celebration and the win clocking up, in a counter on the screen. Nice little touches like these make a good game, great.
To play for cash, you should be able to see the game in your local casino, although I haven't yet seen it. It should be there by now.
Online you will be struggling to find the cash game, unless you live in the UK, or some selected EU countries. It is not yet available online for real money play in the U.S or Canada yet, as with all slots made by WMS, IGT, Aristocrat and Bally.