The Wild Machine
Pragmatic Play has already been hard at it in 2020 with 10 slots already released before The Wild Machine hits the virtual casinos on 20th March. With a mad scientist theme, this is another highly volatile release from Pragmatic Play which is heavy on fun and features.
Although the gameboard doesn’t look like anything other than a standard 5x5 reel slot, it changes in the blink of an eye to a 1x3x5x7x5x3x1 set-up. The funny thing is, you probably won’t even notice the first time it happens, so subtle are the changes. Anyway, enough of that for now, the important thing is that the paylines remains constant at 40 in both configurations. As far as payback goes, this game boasts a 96.52% RTP and boasts wins of up to 7,000x the stake.
There are various ways to scoop decent wins including instant cash wins from a spinning ‘Wonder Wheel’ feature, as well as two choices of free spins. The free spins are where the real money is at, however.
You can play The Wild Machine from 20/03/2020 from €0.20 to €100 per spin.
Design & Symbols
The artwork on display here is Pragmatic Play at their very best. The game has a wacky-cartoon theme and is set in the potty laboratory of a mad professor. The gizmos and contraptions which are dotted around the lab look like something out of an HG Wells or Jules Verne novel. There are copper pipes, wooden tables, tanks of water, ancient-looking computers, and of course the gameboard itself, said to contain the secrets of alchemy. To the left of the board is the professor himself, levitating on some kind of glowing iron disc with an energy field above and below it. The professor has one robotic arm, with the other controlling a lever which presumably controls his floating platform. He’s dressed in a white lab coat and leather boots with steel toes. The white-haired prof is also porting one robotic eye to compliment his robotic arm.
The gameboard itself is framed in copper piping with pipes coming out of the top and either side connecting to extensions to the board which come into play during spins. At first glance, the board contains a standard 5x5 reel set. However, above and below the centre reel are blanked out squares which can open up to provide additional symbol spaces. Such squares are also in evidence either side of the middle symbols on reels 1 and 5. Either randomly during play or when playing one of the two free spins rounds the corner symbols blank out and the aforementioned blanks outside the regular reels activate to create the 1x3x5x7x5x3x1 board. This crazy gameplay is accompanied by an equally crazy soundtrack, akin to something out of an Inspector Gadget type cartoon.
Low-value symbols are the standard playing card suit emblems for hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades. Medium value symbols are keys, compasses, and bags. The high-value symbols are potion bottles, books, and the professor himself. The professor is the most valuable of all symbols with 7 on a payline (only available with the alternate reel configuration) worth 175x the bet size. The game also contains a wild, and a scatter. Wilds are on all reels and can appear as full reel in some instances whereas scatters only appear on reels 3, 4, and 5.
- Random Wild Spins
- Wonder Wheel Cash Prizes
- Gold Foundry Free Spins
- Diamond Forge Free Spins
Random Wild Spins
At any point during the base game, whenever the professor decides to pull the lever on his device the board changes from the 5x5 to 1x3x5x7x5x3x1 configuration. Furthermore, reels 1, 4, and 7 are turned fully wild. The configuration returns to 5x5 after the wild spin.
Wonder Wheel Cash Prizes
Three scatters activates the Wonder Wheel, which is not only necessary to access the cash prize feature, but also the free spins features. The wheel appears once triggered on the mainboard and contains 30 slices, 25 of which contain cash values of between 7.5x and 25x the stake. The remaining 5 slices are free spins slices and landing on one of these takes you straight to free spins. Once triggered you have up to 5 spins to collect cash prizes or hit free spins.
Gold Foundry Free Spins
Once free spins have been awarded you can choose from two options, Gold Foundry or Diamond Forge. The Gold Foundry option awards 8 free spins. Each free spin awards between 2 and 5 fully wild reels. Gold Foundry free spins are played on the regular 5x5 board.
Diamond Forge Free Spins
5 Diamond Forge Free Spins are awarded and are played on the 1x3x5x7x5x3x1 reel configuration. Reels 1, 4, and 7 are wild throughout and any further wilds become sticky for the remainder of the spins. Neither Gold Foundry nor Diamond Forge Free Spins can be retriggered.
Our Thoughts on The Wild Machine
The Wild Machine is my favourite Pragmatic Play slot this year, and one of my favourites of their entire portfolio. I’m a sucker for a well-constructed slot with a fun theme, great artwork, and a variety of enjoyable features. Combining the features all under the same trigger, i.e. it is necessary to activate the Wonder Wheel in order to access all the features, means that the hit rate is not as daunting as it might otherwise be. It’s difficult to tell which is the more profitable free spins feature but they are both fun and can both pay handsomely. It would have been nice if there was a way to retrigger the free spins once in a while. Other than that, however, I have no complaints about this slot. With a solid 7,000x potential and enough volatility to encourage the gnarliest of players, I can’t recommend it highly enough.