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Animals come in many different shapes and sizes. And while we’re usually used to friendly dogs and cuddly kitty cats, that’s not what you usually find in nature. Out in the wilderness, animals are exotic, scary, and sometimes downright weird. This slot lets us explore all of those aspects from the safety of our screens. And unlike a real safari, you even have a chance of returning with more money than what you came in with!
Other than the background image, there’s nothing that really stands out about this game. While static, it blends what colours are available to wonderful effect! Red, yellow and black paint a scenic view of the African savannah, with a few trees visible in the distance. By comparison, all the animal symbols feel a little dull and uninspired. IGT could have made them more memorable by putting them in unique poses, or making them a bit sillier. As it stands, they’re quite forgettable.
Gameplay is a little bit different from what IGT’s releases usually offer, though not by much. You play The Wild Life on a 5x3 board with 10 fixed paylines. The big change is that those ten paylines pay both left to right and right to left! Each Wild you come across will also expand to cover the entire reel it occupies, making it even easier to land wins! Oh, and did we mention Wilds lock in place while free spins are being played? And that there’s a free spins bonus in the first place? Nothing too complicated, but it’s quite lucrative under the right circumstances.
We’re always happy to see the new IGT layout. The developers always go out of their way to make it blend in with the rest of the visuals, which we really like. But the best part about the new layout? Not having to adjust three different menus to tweak your total stake! Instead, all you have to do is tap the Total Bet, and select one of the offered values. There’s no changing paylines or coin value, so what you see is what you get! Gamblers can wager between GBP 0.10 and GBP 200 per spin.
The top prize is 2500x for a five-of-a-kind lioness symbol. Not to be confused with the lion, which is a Wild, and pays nothing! Though, thanks to the expanding and sometimes sticky Wilds, landing that jackpot is more likely than it other slots. It also helps that the RTP is in your favour! It sits somewhere between 92.16% and 96.16%. Not the best we’ve seen from a game, but more than enough to facilitate a great win or two! IGT’s release has a high volatility, so you should get ready for a grind if you plan on scoring the top prize.
Collect three, four or five Africa Scatters in any position to win ten, fifteen or twenty free spins. Any Scatter that lands on the board while free spins are being played will add two more extra turns.
Wilds only appear on the second, third and fourth reel. When they land, they expand to cover the entirety of the reel, substituting for all icons except for Scatters. During free spins, expanded Wilds remain locked in place, further increasing your odds of winning big!
If you’re lucky enough to land a big win, this will be a trip to the safari you’ll never forget! It’s rare to see a high variance slot come from IGT, but we’re quite happy with how it turned out. The Wild Life is very simple once you break it down. There’s nothing in it that we haven’t seen in other games. But the developer has masterfully combined all these pieces to make a release we wouldn’t mind playing over and over again. Our only complaints are about the somewhat boring graphics. Everything else? A+!