We have seemingly seen Dr Jekyll on the reels more often than just about any other fictional character in recent times, with the possible exception of Robin Hood, and the guy already has a streak of decent slot games to his credit. We can only assume that he is the first name to come to mind when developers are looking to offer some kind of gameplay switch on the reels, and in that way it all makes perfect sense. WMS has been on quite the tear recently with the new releases, boosting up both the Zeus and Spartacus ranges along with increasing the number of Wizard of Oz slots out there, so this will be a good time to find out all about whether they are focusing on quality, quantity or both!
What to Expect
Dr Jekyll Goes Wild is a colourful offering in many ways, although it is credit to the design team that they have managed to retain some of the more sinister undertones that make the tale so compelling. From the backdrop to the board itself, there is no question that this game looks very good indeed and delivers nicely in the context of keeping things ticking over. The playing card icons are not exactly inspired, and players can be sure of seeing a lot of them, but the themed symbols look as good as ever and can make for quite the experience on the game as a whole. They come together over surprisingly few win lines, with just ten of them to contend with, and they may not exactly come along rapidly due to the simple fact that there is no wild card, which is something of a surprise given the name of the game.
The basic gameplay actually feels rather limited in general, especially by WMS’s own standards, but we are always confident of the developer pulling something out of the bag with the features. Within the base game, the main one is a free spins bonus round and the first job is to land three, four or five of the Jekyll and Hyde scatter symbols, which will lead to the award of ten, fifteen or twenty free spins respectively. Landing two, three, four or five of them within the round itself will also add, three, ten, fifteen or twenty more to however many the player has left.
The bonus round starts to get really interesting when players land a green potion on reel one and the newly added Jekyll wild anywhere else. The round will then switch to Hyde spins, which are technically unlimited and only end when the timer symbol lands on reel five. Here, the game will randomly decide whether the Hyde spins continue or if the player simply returns to the Jekyll spins instead. The wild card also converts to a Hyde symbol during free games, and these ones will remain in their position until the Hyde spins end.
Rather than playing normally and waiting for the free spins to hit normally, players can also elect to place a Big Bet before the reels spin. This purchases five spins in a batch and can cost anywhere between £10 and £50. During these spins, you will be collecting bonus symbols rather than hitting them all at once and they will enable players to climb a trail with ten positions. Reach the third and you will receive five free spins but if you make it all the way to the end, you will be able to play through a massive 75 free games, which will serve up plenty of opportunities to experience both the Jekyll and Hyde spins.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
As surprised as we were not to see a wild card in the base game, Dr Jekyll Goes Wild certainly manages to live up to its name in the features. If you are the kind of player that just lets the base game pass you by and is far more interested in the bonus action, then this slot will be right up your street, especially with the standard action feeling like it is a little slow compared to many games. It is worth persevering with, however, and the Big Bet can be perfect for cutting some corners and getting into the action properly if you are willing to go large on the stakes!