This one’s for the dance music lovers! This striking new slot, DJ Wild by Elk Studios, mashes up electronic music with slots. Inspired by the DJ’s tools, this game includes four pre-programmed betting strategies. For example, you can increase your bet after every win or bet a percentage of your balance. Then, there are multi-tasking Wild symbols. They’re Expanding Wilds that take up real estate on the board and increase your chances of winning. At the same time, they also trigger free re-spins! It’s time to take your slot game to the next level.
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|Release Date||December 2015|
|Software Provider||Elk Studios|
|Slot type||Video slot|
|Platform||Internet Browser on phones, tablets and computers|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.3%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 10 paylines that pays both ways|
|Min/ Max Bets||25p to £100 per spin|
|Free Spins||Up to 8 free spins|
|Features||Expanding Wild and Re-spins|
|Pros||Fascinating betting strategies and money-making bonus features|
|Cons||Fruit symbols pay out too little|
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First up, here are the basic game stats. DJ Wild is a 5 reel, 10 payline video slot. Unlike most other slots, the win lines in DJ Wild are paid both ways. This means that winning paylines can start from either the right-most reel or the left-most one. This effectively doubles your chances of winning.
There are eight colourful symbols in the game. The fruit symbols are worth about half that of the musical instruments – the keyboard pays out the highest. Just three keyboards in a row will score you 500 times your wager, five in a row gives a whopping 1000x win! There’s a maximum win of £17,000 in a single spin!
To break even with one payline, you’ll need to score the DJ wheel or higher!
The most unique aspect of the DJ Wild slot are their pre-programmed betting strategies. Elk Studios realized that many players manually change their bet size based on the outcome of their previous game play. So, why not let the game do this automatically? Let’s exploit the discipline of a computer program and the convenience of technology to enhance our slots outcome!
|Traditional||The game does not change your bet levels automatically and you play on as you would in any regular game.||25p, 50p, 75p, £1, £2.50, £5,£7.50, £10, £25, £50, £75, £100|
|Optimizer||Your bet is a percentage of your balance at the time. Your bet level changes automatically before every spin, based on the balance.||1%, 2%, 5% or 10% of your balance|
|Leveller||The algorithm raises your bet by 2 levels after 5 consecutive losses. A repetition increases the bet by 2 more levels||You select your base bet, like that in Traditional mode. The maximum bet would be 10 times your base bet.|
|Booster||Raises your bet by 1 level after a loss, until you reach 4 levels above your base bet. It resets after a win||You select your base bet, like that in Traditional mode. The maximum bet would be 10 times your base bet.|
|Jumper||Raises your bet by 1 level after every winning round, until you reach 4 levels above your base bet. It resets after a loss.||You select your base bet, like that in Traditional mode. The maximum bet would be 10 times your base bet.|
One very important thing to note is that the betting strategy does not change the theoretical outcome of the game. No matter which one you choose, the probability of each symbol appearing remains the same. The button to select your betting strategy is also quite hard to spot – it’s light grey in colour and slightly transparent, overlaid onto bottom-right corner of the reels.
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Now, let me introduce you to the Wild symbols in this game. These are the kind of Wild symbols that dramatically enhance the game and your account balance. There are five DJ Wild symbols to look out for – Smoke, Fire, Confetti, Strobe or Lazer Wilds. All of these are modelled after the special effects employed by a DJ during his set; you can tell them apart by the artwork on the symbols.
Two things happen when a DJ Wild symbol appears on your reels. First, it’ll expand. Smoke, Fire and Confetti Wilds expand vertically on the reel to cover three symbols. Meanwhile, Strobe and Lazer Wilds expand horizontally to cover 2 symbols. Naturally, when These symbols only occur on reels 1, 2, 4 or 5; there are no Wild symbols on reel 3.
Secondly, the DJ Wild symbol will trigger one free re-spin. If you trigger a winning combination during this free round, yet another re-spin is triggered. What’s better, even more DJ Wild symbols are added to the reels on every further respin. It soon becomes an avalanche of free spins and Wild symbols, a money-making machine that runs by itself for a good few minutes. All you have to do is sit back and watch the money roll in.
Now, if you can sustain this streak of winning combinations until all of Reel 1, 2, 4 and 5 are covered with Wilds, you’ll be awarded with a jackpot! Jackpot symbol awards 50,000 coins. This may appear at any time on the middle reel; look out for a DJ Silhouette in the middle of a blue-coloured DJ Wild symbol. The Jackpot symbol appears when all of Reel 1, 2, 4 and 5 are covered with Wilds.
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What’s a DJ-inspired game without electronic music? As you load the game, there's a mini-movie following DJs as they tour the world. There’s a pulsating electronic soundtrack that accompanies the on-screen action. The beats slow down during quiet rounds and picks itself right up when you’re celebrating. The visual game is on point as well. The musical instruments light up for every winning combination. Those futuristic fruits are very cool too.
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Beautiful slots by Elk Studios
DJ Wild is produced by a Stockholm-based gaming company called Elk Studios. These guys haven’t produced very many games yet, but all of their titles have rose straight to the top of the ranks. Have you tried The Lab? It’s a volatile slot of chemical symbols and re-spins, quite like DJ Wild. Another favourite of mine is Taco Brothers, in which you’ll help Paso, Pepe and Pico steal the Taco Treasure. All of these games have few things in common – beautiful graphics and Elk Studio’s proprietary Betting Strategies.
With its scintillating aesthetics and innovative game features, DJ Wild is bound to get your adrenaline pumping. I can bet that there isn’t a slot player on Earth that wouldn’t enjoy the Expanding Wilds and respins. I had a good time trying out the different betting strategies as well (my favourite is the Booster). Whether or not electronic beats float your boat, you must try DJ Wilds slot on your next casino excursion.