Free The Wildlife slot
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The Wild Life slot refers to the actual 'wildlife' itself and not the kind of wild life one might expect to live being a fire juggler or a high stakes poker player. The wildlife in this case is of the African Veldt and its safari animals as we open a game with a background of the red and orange hues of the African sunset with symbols that may remind you of Microgaming's Mega Moolah slot or Ash Gaming's Wild Gambler. So will The Wild Life slot hit you with a roar or a whimper?
On the reels...
Unusually for IGT we have very few pay lines, only 10 in this case. These are spread across 5 reels and 3 rows, although they do pay right-to left as well as just left-to-right which you would not normally expect. The icons are rather bland representations of the various animals of the region and the mighty Lion is the best pay of 250x bet for 5-of-a-kind. The Elephant, Rhinoceros, Giraffe and Zebra respectively pay 100, 50, 15 and 10x bet for the 5. The poachers must have been at work here as the card values all paying 5x stake for the 5-of-a-kind have thoughtfully been created from the skins of the animals above.
We do get some action in the form of expanding Lion Wilds on the centre 3 reels and just to note these are a different more aggressive Lion than the top pay mentioned already. The remaining icon is present on all reels and is the outline of the African Continent which we need to land for the game's only bonus.
Roaring Wilds bonus
If you land 3, 4 or 5 Africa icons anywhere in view you will be rewarded with 10, 15 or 20 free games. These can be quite rewarding as the expanding Lion Wild will become sticky so you can if lucky play some spins with all 3 middle reels consisting of Wilds, similar to the bonus round of WMS's Black Knight 2 slot. Unlike that game though, here you can earn 2 extra spins for each Africa scatter appearing, and bearing in mind the top-paying 5-of-a-kind is 250x bet plus the fact that if the first and last reels don't match you get paid from the right for 4-of-a-kinds, there is some big win potential here!
The Wild Life slot is pretty drab and basic, both in looks and aurally too. It also joins a host of other slots on a similar theme, such as Playtech's Roaring Wilds , Ainsworth's Safari Spirit and Aristocrat's 50 Lions to name just a few. The reels are slow and can't be stopped and the only sign of rapid movement is the rather inane way the remaining reels accelerate when two scatters land and you hope the third will drop in. Having said that, it's a high-volatility slot capable of some big pays which many players like. These animals will devour your balance though until any large line hits or features land. The RTP Is 92.16-96.16% and much of this is allocated to the bonus round which can be very rewarding. If you play this just hope that the Lion doesn't sleep tonight...