Nature itself is impressive enough, but when it goes through the minds and hands of capable software developers we can see in their products excerpts of nature with fresh eyes. Wildlife is one of its aspects that have always been fascinating to both animal lovers and casual spectators, because there is something of a wild animal in all of us. We can admire these creatures and their surroundings, and sometimes even identify with them. There are plenty of top video slots inspired by wildlife that you can play whenever you wish to let your spirit run wild. We present several you shouldn’t miss out on.
IGT developed a slot that combines the majestic image of the wolf with a distinctly Native American atmosphere. Wolf Run features a stunning landscape and powerful symbols that haven’t lost any of their charm while being transferred into the online slot format (Wolf Run was originally a land-based slot). It is a 40-payline slot, with 5 reels and 4 rows. The symbols are divided into low value and high value icons, with low paying symbols being 9, 10, J, Q, K and A, designed to fit the theme. Other symbols include two different totems, a white wolf, a dark wolf and a wolf howling at the big, yellow full moon. The howling wild canine is the Wild symbol and it replaces all regular symbols, minus the Bonus icon. The Bonus symbol features a dream catcher and the word Bonus against it, with the ‘o’ represented by a wolf paw print. Wolf Run is a stylish slot with engaging features such as Stacked Wolf Wild and Free Spins. And the wolf howls every time you win!
Wild Orient brings together the Far East feel and zoology. You don’t need to be an expert in either of them to enjoy this Microgaming video slot, as it looks and plays out gorgeously. Oriental music accompanies the gameplay and the setting matches a steamy bamboo and fern forest. The game offers 243 ways to win; winning combos are formed as long as there are matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right. High paying symbols are an elephant, a panda, a monkey, a tiger and a wading bird, typical animals of that area. The Wild Orient logo is the game’s Wild, appearing on reels 2 and 4. A stone carving of all the featured animals is the Scatter symbol which triggers 15 free spins with a 3x multiplier. Wild Orient also offers the player a chance to re-spin any single reels after a winning combo.
Also initially introduced in the land-based casino floors, the Buffalo slot is one of Aristocrat’s most sought-out titles. It is fast-paced, thrill-packed video slot themed on the amazing animal that once roamed the plains of America, the buffalo. The design of the game may be a bit underwhelming, but its features make up for it. Buffalo comes with 1024 ways to win, 5 reels and 4 rows of symbols. Apart from the mighty buffalo, you can see a roaring deer, an eagle, a wolf and a wild cat on the reels. Buffalo can appear in stacks, covering up to the entire grid. The Wild is a sunset symbol and the Scatter a golden coin which triggers 8, 15, or 20 free spins. The most interesting thing about the Buffalo slot is the Xtra Reel Power feature which allows you to bet on the number of consecutive reels you choose.
If you’d like a more humorous approach to the wildlife theme, you should spin the reels of Gorilla Go Wild by NextGen. Its main character is Gary the gorilla, and he is a friendly fellow who lives in a colorful jungle and hangs out with other monkeys, toucans and lemurs. What do gorillas go wild about? Well, bananas, of course! When Gary goes bananas, he will jump and eat a banana from a strip above him, which moves the game in a new area within the jungle. The Gary’s Bonus Time feature is a random bonus, which offers multipliers or one of the other bonuses in the game, such as Gorillionaire Win Spins, Stay Wild, Mega-Rilla Multiplier and More Wilds. It is such a fun and lovable game that you will adore it – really dynamic and lucrative. The RTP is 96.51% at the max.
NetEnt joins the list with their amazing video slot Jungle Spirit: Call of the Wild. It looks outstanding, and it really is as great as it looks – it has astonishing graphics all the way to the tiny background details such as ferns and blooming flowers in the background. The game takes place in wet jungle depths, where creatures like snakes and crocodiles dwell. They are joined by their neighbors: elephants, tigers and bears. Jungle Spirit is played on a classic 5×3 reel set, offering 243 ways to win. There are no Wilds, only a Scatter in form of a pink lotus. There are three special features that make the Jungle Spirit slot highly entertaining: the Symbol Expansion feature, the Butterfly Boost and Free Spins. Since there are no Wilds to expand, other symbols will. The butterflies will determine if the symbol will expand when forming a winning combo in both the Symbol Expansion feature and the Butterfly boost. The free spins can get you as much as 20 free plays and the reel grid can expand turning into a 1024 ways to win game.
This one takes you to the African savannah to spend some time with the elephants, the majestic pachyderms in their natural habitat. Microgaming has done a brilliant job designing the game, background and symbols included. The slot has 25 paying lines and features a 5×3 reel grid. Symbols include a family of elephants, a pot of gold, an elephant couple and playing card icons from Ten to Ace. The King Tusk logo is the Scatter which triggers free spins, and there is a Wild represented by a charging elephant symbol. In King Tusk free spins round you get 10 free plays and choice of three modes: the Elephants Gone Wild mode, the Elephants Stampede mode and the Elephant Dance. Chances are you’ll have lots of Wilds on screen whichever you choose. The RTP for King Tusk is 97%, which only adds to its visual and fun-generating appeal.
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