The Wild Machine by Pragmatic Play released on 12.03.2020 is a 5-reel & 5-row online slot with 40 paylines and a 96.52% RTP. This is a cartoon-themed game offering players a max win of up to 7,000x their stake. The Wild Machine can be played on all devices from €0.20 to €100 per spin and is considered a high volatility game.
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.