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Wild North slot review

Added by Play'n GO. Information last updated: 15/05/2020

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Tester rating:

3.5 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:Play'n GO

Release date:08/2015

RTP:96.55%

Volatility:Medium

Max. win:bet x 2500

Mobile version:Yes

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Bonus game or special game

Colossal symbols

Multiplier

Stacked wilds

Freespins

Themes

Finland

Nature & animals

Winter

Cartoon

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RTP (Return to player):
96.55%
Volatility:
Medium
Max. win:
bet x 2500

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
86
Play'n GO score (compared to other slots of supplier)
91
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Slot tester's review: Kati Saari

Take a trip to the barren wilderness of the north. Lapland is a harsh and beautiful land, where the wild animals roam.

Play’n GO ventured deep into the mysterious northern parts of Finland, Sweden and Norway. From this experience, they created the Wild North slot, which was released in 2015.

Wild North is built on the flora and fauna of the wintery north to bring you the mystical aspects of the unforgiving land. See the northern lights in all their glory and let them guide you to the bonus features.

This is a thematic game with five reels, 40 paylines, an RTP of 96.55% and a rather unusual paytable. The volatility may be medium, but this is not your standard slot.

Graphics and sound

Wild North is a game about the wild Nordic nature complete with all the wildlife. The heavy snow on the spruces is beautifully lit up by the remnants of sunlight shining from below the horizon. Light snow dances in air and the weather is brisk and chilling.

The sounds start off quiet, with only the wind blowing in the air. As you start to play and pick up some wins, the sound ramps up as well. Personally, I would have liked the natural silence more, but this is not a bad choice.

I did find one thing to nit-pick about. The game developer mentions that the game is based on Nordic nature, but some of the wood carvings and logo elements are based on North American tribal art.

Symbols and wins

The animals of the north run rampant on the reels. The four high-valued symbols and the wild are all animals that can be found in the Nordic forests. You also get the northern lights as the scatter and leather bound card symbols from nine to ace.

The fluffy-eared lynx is the wild symbol that can substitute other regular symbols in winning combinations. The lynx has its own wins if you manage to get at least three of them at the beginning of a payline.

The northern light scatters are your key to the bonus feature. Follow them and you get to spin the mythical wheel of fortune and see what you get.

One thing I noticed is that the paytable is surprisingly bottom-heavy. Even the best regular symbol will only give you 6.25x your wager if you get five of them. Maybe this symbolises the harsh northern nature.

Luckily, the game hands out small wins constantly and the special feature is fairly easy to activate. With approximately 100 spins, I was able to activate the northern lights six times. This was lucky, but not far from the rough average.

Features

  • Northern Lights feature: Spin the wheel to see your bonus

When you get three northern lights scatter symbols, you activate the bonus feature. The feature starts off with a wheel of fortune, which has seven possible options. Most of them are free spin features, but the rules and special symbols vary a lot. Some are better than others, so hope you get a lucky hit.

  • Wild Lynx: 3 spins. One or two random reels are filled with wilds. Running Reindeer: 1 spin. A giant herd of reindeer are running on reels 2-4. If you fully cover those reels with reindeer, you get one re-spin.
  • Savage Bear: 1 spin. You get a random multiplier that can be up to 30x.
  • Wolf Pack: 1 spin. Wolves turn into sticky wilds. Every time you get a new wolf symbol, you get a re-spin.
  • Eyes of the Owl: 1 spin. Two large 2x2 owls stick to the field. You get re-spins until you win something.
  • The Great Wilderness: 3 spins. Reels 2-5 are nothing but 4x4 mega symbols.
  • Wild North Explorer: You get a 4x5 grid of cards that you turn over for bonuses. The cards can have cash prizes, animals or red x’s. The reindeer, the bear, the wolf and the owl will let you return to the cards after their spins, but the lynx, the great wilderness and the x will end the feature.

My experiences

Wild North does a great job at depicting the nature of the Nordic north. This is not a common choice, so I can appreciate it when one comes along. When I saw this slot for the first time, I knew I just had to give it a go.

I found the game to be rather polarising. Even though it is medium-volatility, the major wins are mostly limited to the bonus feature. Unlike the high-volatility games, this time the feature activates often.

The bonus feature itself has the potential to be devastating. You put all your eggs in one basket, as you often get only a single free spin. If that spin doesn’t win, it is going to be a big downer. This is something I would have maybe done differently. I’m exactly sure how, but some balancing on the amount of spins.

All and all, I do enjoy this game. The bonuses are clever and innovative, even if some require a whole heap of luck. A big thing for me, is the theme. I love nature and the northern wilderness is a beautiful thing.

Overall rating:

3.5

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Features

Wins and bets

RTP (Return to Player):96.55%

Volatility:Medium

Max. win:bet x 2500

Min. bet:C$0.2

Max. bet:C$100

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Reels:5

Rows:4

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Max. lines:40

Min. lines:40

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Languages

You can play Wild North in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 30 other languages.

All supported languages:
English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Greek, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Turkish, Ukrainian, Chinese, Slovene, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Malay

Currencies

Wild North supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD

Stats

Release date 08/2015
108th newest on Play'n GO 1,686th newest on Bojoko
RTP 96.55% 0.7% > average
39th highest on Play'n GO 371st highest on Bojoko
Win up to 2500 x your bet
107th highest on Play'n GO 871st highest on Bojoko
Paylines 40 100% > average
18th highest on Play'n GO 427th highest on Bojoko
Min bet C$0.2 per spin
99th lowest on Play'n GO 1,045th lowest on Bojoko
Max bet C$100 per spin
2nd highest on Play'n GO 642nd highest on Bojoko
Rated 0 by 0 members
16th most rated on Play'n GO 38th most rated on Bojoko
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Kati Saari

Kati Saari

The year was 2013 when I first came across online casinos. Around the same time, I also began my career as a content writer, specializing in online casinos and casino games.

It's been an awesome journey, seeing how online casinos have evolved since the early 2000s to what they are today!

During these years I particularly fell in love with online slot games. I'm continuously amazed by how they've advanced from simple, three-reel slots to beautifully crafted games - sometimes working without reels entirely.

My favourite games are usually made by NetEnt and Play'n GO. Though it's hard to name just one all-time-favourite, Gonzo's Quest was the one that "reeled" me in.

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Game supplier:Play'n GO

Release date:08/2015

RTP (Return to player):96.55%

Max. win:bet x 2500

Mobile version:Yes

User rating: 0
Tester rating: 3.5

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