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Pragmatic Play is keeping the mad scientist theme alive with their upcoming release ‘The Wild Machine’. Set in an old lab, the slot allows players to become a part of an experiment by the scientist, who is trying to grow diamonds and gold. It brings loads of action with fun bonus features – Wonder Wheel and two types of Free Spins, but let’s see if it's worth the excitement. 

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About The Wild Machine slot

Provider: Pragmatic Play
Layout: 5 reels x 5 rows (default)
Volatility: high
Paylines: 40
RTP: 96.52%
Max Payout: 7 000x
Bet range: 0.20 – 100 
Bonus features: yes (4)
Release Date: March 12, 2020

Symbols and Pays

Low pay symbols include standard card suits, but more valuable symbols are crafted according to the theme. Starting from a key, a compass, and a backpack as mediocre symbols, to a framed potion tube, a book, and the scientist himself as the most valuable symbol. 

The scientist will pay 25x for 5 matching symbols, but if you manage to strike 7 matching scientist symbols on a payline, the win will increase to 175x the initial bet. This is possible due to game layout extension – four additional positions on the axis randomly activates and locks the corners. The extension changes the layout to 1-3-5-7-5-3-1. Both setups in the base game ensure 40 paylines. 

Wild Wins

What’s more on the symbol side? There are more than many Wild symbols crossing the screen – Wild symbols can appear on every reel and in every position. They can be standard sized as well as expand across the reel when the extended layout strikes. 

Wild symbol

Wild symbols are definitely the balance saver in ‘The Wild Machine’ slot. When trying out the game, we started with 200 spins that ended up without any major wins; but wild combinations held the balance in place. 

Wilds can substitute for any other symbol (except Scatter), but by themselves, they’ll pay the same as the scientist – 175x the initial bet. 

Wonder Wheel feature

The Wild Machine slot offers few bonus features besides the Wilds. To enter the bonus round, the player has to collect three Scatter symbols in the base game, they will trigger the Wonder Wheel feature. Scatters can appear on reels 2, 3, and 4, when the game is in a 5x5 layout format. 

Every bonus round starts with a spin on the Wonder Wheel – it’s covered with 25 mediocre cash wins and 5 spots with the entry ticket to Free spins. 

If the reel stops on a cash prize, the wheel can keep going and collect up to five prizes, instantly giving quite a win. 

Wonder Wheel

Free Spins

The only way to get into Free Spins bonus round is through the Wonder Wheel feature. During the test, it took 150 spins in the base game and 7 Wheel spins to finally enter the bonus round. 

When Free Spins bonus is reached, the game offers to choose from 2 bonus rounds.

Free Spins

Gold Foundry – Free Spins bonus round that comes with 8 spins and ensures 2 to 5 expanded Wild reels, which are randomly selected. 

Gold Foundry free spins

Diamond Forge – Free spins bonus round that comes with 5 spins and the expanded layout. Reels 1, 4 and 7 will be completely covered in expanding Wilds. And if additional wilds land on the screen, they will stick to the reels for the remaining spins in the bonus round. 

Diamond Forge free spins

No additional free spins are possible during both features. 

The Wild Machine: In Conclusion

All in all, the slot is fun and it definitely does a great job by keeping the player up to its toes with the bonuses. This is not the most packed slot in terms of the bonus features, but it still manages to entertain and give some decent wins. 

Although it’s a high volatility slot, we experienced more mediocre wins during the base game not so much during the bonus features. The Diamond Forge Free spins round was quite the surprise, but sadly you can only get 5 spins at a time. 

For now, the verdict is not quite clear, but we will say this – the slot is definitely well crafted, the math seems to be great and the max payout is a promising 7000x. 


 

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