Between Wild Run and Wolf Cub from NetEnt, which was the last review added here on the site, we are starting to think that all sorts of developers are trying to get a piece of the IGT pie! It also highlights the fact that there have actually been no new IGT releases this month, but we digress. Wild Run comes from NextGen and we are hoping for something spectacular here mainly because their most recent release before this one, Golden Mane, was a big disappointment. The theme is a lot more palatable, with the African safari animals being the stars of the show, and while we cannot see this game ever knocking the popularity of Mega Moolah, we are still going to hope for the best.
What to Expect
Wild Run definitely gets things off to a decent start in most regards, as players have 243 ways to win on these reels – and that should be plenty for most players seeing as it is our favourite of the standard betting setups. The symbols in use on the board are not exactly the most attractive that we have ever seen, but they are passable and quite valuable too when you get to the animals themselves.
An unwritten rule of slots development is that when a lion appears on a game, it has to be the wild, and NextGen are playing by the rules here – although he is not always wild. In order for him to fill in for other symbols on the board, players are required to have the On a Roll feature active. This is contingent on the meter on the left of the screen, which increases in levels each time you land a win. Fortunately, with 243 ways to win on every spin, this is not the most difficult task in the world. Anyway, when you reach level two, wilds are added to reels one and five and they come with a doubling multiplier too. On your next win you then reach level three, and wilds are now on offer on all but the middle reel, along with their very own three times multiplier. Two wins to reach the top level sounds easy, mainly because it is, but on each spin where you do not land a win, you will drop back to the previous level.
The free spins round is triggered using levels too, and you need to reach level four. Given the nature of going up and down the levels, that basically equates to needing four wins in a row. There is no limit to the number of spins but ones that do not win will continue to knock you back a level and when you reach the bottom of the meter it is back to the base game. Fortunately, it is still definitely possible to get well into double figures as part of any free spins round as there are now wilds on all five reels, and they now apply a five times multiplier to prizes.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
Our main hope here on Wild Run was that the game would be better than Golden Mane, and it definitely succeeds. In something of a hallmark fashion for NextGen, this game takes simple concepts and puts them together into something truly exciting, and we could not be happier. There are big wins on offer and the nature of triggering the free spins, in conjunction with 243 ways to win, ensures that fans of that kind of feature will be in their element here. The theme is not the greatest, but the gameplay makes up for it and this is easily one of the better games on offer right now.