IGT have hit the ground running this month, as they've got already released one great new slot, Champion Raceway, and they've got another two coming your way next week. The Wild Life and Icy Wilds will be released together on the 30th March. Both slots are very different from each other, yet both are packed with great features.
The Wild Life is a safari themed title, with plenty of chances to get your hands on free spins and some interesting wilds. Secondly, Icy Wilds is a 50 payline slot with stacked symbols and entirely wild reels. If you can't wait until next week, you can read on now to find out more about each new release.
The Wild Life Mobile Slot
The Wild Life is a 5 reel slot with 10 paylines, which pays both ways. It's playable from just 10p a spin, and will be available on mobile, tablet and desktop. Set in the African plains, the reels hang on a glowing sunset backdrop and symbols include giraffes, zebras, rhinos, elephants and lions. Whilst safari is a classic theme, and a little overdone, IGT have given this game high quality graphics to set it apart from the crowd.
As mentioned, the slot pays both ways, which means you can win when you create a winning combination on consecutive reels, starting from either the left or the right. The Wild Life features an expanding wild symbol, which is represented by the roaring lion. The wild will only appear on reels 2, 3 or 4, however if it's part of a winning combination it will expand and turn the whole reel wild. This gives players tons of opportunities to create further wins.
We haven't played The Wild Life yet, but from the sneak peek we've had, it seems safe to say that this game is all about the free spins. The bonus games are activated when you find three or more Africa scatter symbols gracing your reels. Three scatters will give you ten free spins, four scatters gives you 15 free spins and five scatters will give you a whopping 20 free games!
During the free spins round, the wild symbol is even more important. As in the base game, it will only appear on the middle three reels and it will expand to cover the whole reel if it's part of a winning combination. But that's not all. Once a whole reel is wild in the free spins round, it will remain sticky for the rest of your spins too. This means that if you can catch one early on in the round, you can expect plenty of wins and some huge multipliers.
Overall, The Wild Life looks to be an exciting slot. It's simple in design and mechanics, yet from the size of the wins we've seen, it looks likely to be a highly volatile game. It's all about those expanding and sticky wilds, and triggering that free spins feature! The game will be released on March 30th, so get your hats and khakis at the ready, as I, for one, can't wait to go on safari.
Icy Wilds Mobile Slot
Icy Wilds is the final game coming to us this month from IGT and it looks to be a great one. It's a five reel slot, with fifty paylines, and can be played for anything between 50p and £1,000 per spin.
The slot is set somewhere in the far north, we imagine, as we can just about glimpse the Northern Lights behind the reels. Snow covered trees also set the scene and the reels feature symbols such as snow leopards and owls. The game also features crowns, princesses and jewellery, in a move that makes us question if the IGT team have watched Disney's Frozen one too many times.
All symbols in the game may appear stacked at any point, stretching up to four symbols high. There isn't a standard wild in Icy Wilds however. Instead any symbol that comes in a full four symbol high stack will turn that reel wild in the following spin. This can happen on multiple reels, and so can give you plenty of chances at creating massive wins.
Like The Wild Life, Icy Wilds seems to be at its best when the free spins round is triggered. You'll need to collect three or more polar bear symbols to activate the round. However, as these symbols can appear stacked, you can collect up to 20 of them in one spin. The more you have, the more spins you'll be rewarded. For example, three symbols gives ten free spins, whilst twenty symbols awards you with fourty-five free games!
Icy Wilds is a deceptively volatile game, so play with caution. It seems easy-going and gentle at first, yet you should prepare yourself for some massive wins when the free spins and stacked wilds kick in. It looks to be ‘streaky' — which means that you may hit a good run at some points, but you could be spinning without a single win before you get to the good stuff.