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Wolf Cub slot review

Added by NetEnt. Information last updated: 13/05/2020

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Tester rating:

3.5 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:NetEnt

Release date:02/2017

RTP:96.34%

Volatility:Medium

Max. win:bet x 2000

Mobile version:Support all devices

Highlights

Wilds

Stacked symbols

Scatter symbols

Freespins

Max. win

Themes

Nature & animals

Winter

3D

Cute & cuddly

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RTP (Return to player):
96.34%
Volatility:
Medium
Max. win:
bet x 2000

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
75
NetEnt score (compared to other slots of supplier)
49
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Slot tester's review: Trystan Michielsen

Wolf Cub takes place deep inside a wintery forest where a young wolf and his animal companions learn about survival, friendship and some massive wins!

The game is set during the winter where a young wolf cub is sitting in a snow-covered forest. The background looks suitably dark and dreary while the cub is almost ridiculously cute. I personally don’t really like the art-style but it undeniably looks adorable. Especially the little wolf has a lot of personality.

The game was developed by NetEnt and released in 2017. Even as a modern slot it stays close to the classic layout of a 5-reel, 3-row playing field with a matching 20 paylines. The reels are filled with both animal portraits and card suit symbols. Although they all are made to look fitting with the theme, I found the card suit symbols to be quite out of character.

Both cute animals and winter are popular topics for slots. One of the cutest animals might be the Chibeasties by Yggdrasil and their sequel Chibeasties 2. Meanwhile, Play ‘n GO has explored winter by focusing on the holidays in the appropriately named Holiday Season slot. If you’re looking for something similar to Wolf Cub, I don’t think you can really go wrong with these two games!

Wolf Cub felt like a moderate effort slot coming from NetEnt. It has quite a lot of detail, some beautiful art, a fitting soundtrack but it never excels at anything. Where slots like Wild Worlds or Asgardian Stones make my jaw drop at how amazing it looks, this game falls into the tier below that. Still great, still comparable to the best that other developers have to offer but not the best at what NetEnt can do when they put their mind to it.

Symbols

The slot has symbols divided into two broad categories: high-paying character symbols and low-paying card suits. The card suits are made to look like they’re carved from wood and although that fits the wintery forest theme, I don’t think wolf cubs spend a lot of time carving symbols out of wood either. Surely there must have been some compromise there?

The symbols are from highest to lowest:

  • Wild: Substitutes all other symbols in the game except the Scatter Symbol. Max. 2,000 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Scatter: Get 3 Scatter Symbols on the screen at the same time to unlock the Free Spins mode.
  • Free Spins: Only shows up during the Free Spins mode. It has a number on it equal to the number of additional free spins awarded.
  • Wolf Cub: Max. 600 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Bear: Max. 300 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Moose: Max. 250 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Lynx: Max. 200 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Owl: Max. 150 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Spade: Max. 80 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Heart: Max. 80 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Club: Max. 80 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Diamond: Max. 80 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.

Considering the game’s listed Medium Volatility the number of symbols made sense. Not so many as to make winning impossible but enough to keep the number of wins spaced out.

The character symbols are animated when they’re part of a winning payline but don’t do anything too extravagant. The most you’ll see moving is the wolf cub sitting to the side of the reels, roaring or yawning as the game plays.

Features

The game features are rather standard but they still add an additional dimension to the gameplay.

In short, the main features are:

  • Wilds: The game occasionally adds Wilds to the game. These substitute all other symbols in the game except the Scatter Symbol.
  • Stacked Symbols: Sometimes a reel is filled with the same symbol. During the Free Spins mode, this results in the Blizzard Feature.
  • Blizzard Feature: During the Free Spins mode, if reel 1 is filled with the same symbol all matching symbols on the other reels will spread towards reel 1, filling all spaces between them with the same symbol. Wild symbols only take part in the Blizzard feature when they fill reel 1.
  • Free Spins: When you get 3 Scatter Symbols on the screen during the base game, the Free Spins mode is triggered. You start with 15 free spins. During the Free Spins mode, additional free spins can be added.

I can’t say too much about the base game that’s not already obvious to anyone who has played a slot before. Stacked symbols appear occasionally but do not serve any special purpose during the base game. It’s only in the free spins mode that they are part of the so-called Blizzard Feature.

The Blizzard Feature didn’t appear too often, in fact, there were many Free Spins modes where I didn’t see it appear at all. Nonetheless, when it did appear, it would often result in quite substantial wins. Of course, considering the nature of slots it’s also possible not to get anything out of it.

The Free Spins mode itself is pretty basic when it comes to special features but it popped up often enough to keep it interesting. Before the Free Spins mode, a special Free Spins symbol is added. These have a number on them, which added up becomes the number of free spins you get to play with. I saw it add up to quite a lot and theoretically, it’s possible to get more than 100 free spins this way. Obviously, that would be exceedingly rare.

In Conclusion

Wolf Cub is something I consider a staple NetEnt slot. Like I mentioned before it doesn’t really go out of its way to do anything new or spectacular. Instead, it delivers a very solid experience for people who enjoy modern, well-designed classic slots. The features included in the game do very little to mess with the basic gameplay but add enough of a twist to keep it interesting.

I can’t say anything bad about the art or the sound. Although I personally prefer my art style a little different, I can’t say it looks bad. In fact, it reminded me of older children’s books that many people probably grew up with. The imagery and backgrounds all did a good job at setting the mood and it never breaks away from that mood either.

The game has a max. win of 2,000x your bet which isn’t bad when we take its volatility in consideration. Especially since NetEnt tends to keep their maximum wins pretty low compared to other developers. You can choose a bet between £0.20 and £200 per spin, however, which can pump up the numbers you win by quite a lot.

I enjoyed Wolf Cub even though it’s not as extravagant as for example Finn and the Swirly Spin or Witchcraft Academy, but I think that suits a lot of people perfectly fine. If you’re looking for a solid, enjoyable classic slot with some modern features thrown in and a lot of heart, you should give Wolf Cub a spin.

Overall rating:

3.5

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Features

Wins and bets

RTP (Return to Player):96.34%

Volatility:Medium

Max. win:bet x 2000

Min. bet:£0.2

Max. bet:£200

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Reels & playlines

Reels:5

Rows:3

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Max. lines:1

Min. lines:1

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Languages

You can play Wolf Cub in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 20 other languages.

All supported languages:
English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Turkish, Chinese

Currencies

Wolf Cub supports GBP, EUR, SEK, NOK and 32 other currencies.

All supported currencies:
GBP (£), EUR (€), SEK (kr), NOK (kr), DKK (kr), RUB (₽), CZK (Kč), USD ($), NZD ($), CAD (C$), AUD ($), ZAR (R), GEL (ლ), TRY (₤), BRL (R$), CNY (¥), PEN (S/.), ARS ($), MXN ($), PLN (zł), CHF (₣), BGN (лв), HRK (Kn), HUF (Ft), RON (L), ISK (Kr), INR (₨), JPY (¥), MYR (RM), PHP (₱), SGD ($), THB (฿), TWD ($), GHS (₵), HKD ($)

Stats

Release date 02/2017
84th newest on NetEnt 1,340th newest on Bojoko
RTP 96.34% 0.48% > average
92nd highest on NetEnt 702nd highest on Bojoko
Win up to 2000 x your bet
79th highest on NetEnt 983rd highest on Bojoko
Paylines 1 95% < average
136th highest on NetEnt 1,923rd highest on Bojoko
Min bet £0.2 per spin
59th lowest on NetEnt 1,044th lowest on Bojoko
Max bet £200 per spin
28th highest on NetEnt 320th highest on Bojoko
Rated 0 by 0 members
6th most rated on NetEnt 38th most rated on Bojoko
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Trystan Michielsen

Trystan Michielsen

Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.

When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.

Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.

Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.

A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.

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Game supplier:NetEnt

Release date:02/2017

RTP (Return to player):96.34%

Max. win:bet x 2000

Mobile version:Yes

User rating: 0
Tester rating: 3.5

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