Get in a disco groove with glowing neon light playing Better Wilds. This is is a video slot with 20 symbols per spin. The star in it is the Respin feature with moving Diamond wild symbols. This feature includes multiplication of the Special wild and respins. All symbols including the 2 wilds have their own payouts.
The game is part of Playtech’s portfolio. It reminds of classic slot machines when considering the symbols present on the reels. The gameplay is straightforward and includes only respins as modifiers. Have a look at what the game has to offer in this review.
Better Wilds uses 5 reels and 4 rows with 20 symbols landing per spin. The 25 fixed pay-lines reward in left to right direction only. You can spin the reels with wagers on the range of 0.05 up to £2.500 if you wish. So, you can wager from 0.002 to 100 credits per pay-line. The slot has a return to player of 96.42%, which is promising. There is a Turbo Mode for faster spinning and an Autoplay option.
A full screen of the best paying symbol – the gold 7 or with any of the wilds results in 500 times your stake. There are no free spins but a Better Wilds Respin feature compensates for that. The landing of the Special wild triggers it – the green diamond. It moves one position to the left on each respin until it lands on reel 1.
After the second movement, the diamond wild expands up or down with one step duplicating itself. The key to winning big from this feature is landing the Special Wild on the rightmost 5th reel. This grants 4 respins with a fully wild reel. The respins are free rounds.
The game is set on a blue neon-lit background with circular lights around the 5×4 grid. The reels are dark blue and the whole playing area is in blue colours with different shades. You can see J, Q, K and A symbols with a simple design. There are purple cherries as well as single golden, double blue and triple purple BAR symbols. A golden bell and 7 are also present.
There are 2 wild symbols. One of them is on a green background with the word itself in golden – this is the standard wild. The other one is a green diamond on a golden background. All symbols are colourful, precise and clear. They glow as do the fluorescent lights around the grid.
The soundtrack is dynamic, bouncy and of the club or disco type. It mixes with the sounds of reels, wins and a melody. Better Wilds has very nice graphics with a lot of glamour, sound and visual effects. They ensure a pleasant time.
The pay-table includes 4 card royals and cherries at the low end. There are 3 BAR types of symbols with a medium value and 2 premiums. Better Wilds has 2 types of wild symbols, one of which is the special wild. To score wins you need 2 to 5 matching symbols on a pay-line landed from left to right.
The J and Q pay equally – 3, 4 and 5 return 0.20, 0.60 and 2 times your stake. The K and A pay 0.20, 0.80 and 3 times your bet for 3, 4 and 5 identical symbols on a pay-line in left to the right direction. The cherries return 0.20, 1 and 4 times your stake for 3, 4 and 5 on a pay-line.
The single gold BAR symbol pays 0.40, 1.60 and 5 times your stake for 3, 4 and 5 on a pay-line. The double blue BAR pays 0.40, 2 and 6 times your stake. The triple purple BAR returns 0.40, 3 and 8 times your bet for 3, 4 and 5 symbols on a line.
The bell is second in value from the premiums. Both of them reward for landing 2 to 5 matching symbols on a pay-line starting from the leftmost reel. Hit 2, 3, 4 and 5 golden bells on a pay-line to win 0.20, 0.60, 4 and 10 times your bet. The gold 7 is the most rewarding symbol of all. Getting 2, 3, 4 and 5 of it on a line from left to right grants 0.20, 1, 8 and 20 times your bet wins.
There are 2 wild symbols in Better Wilds. Both substitute for all regular symbols except for each other. The normal wild and the Special wild have their own payout. Hitting 2, 3, 4 and 5 wilds of a kind return 0.20, 1, 10 and 20 times your stake respectively. The Special Wild symbol appears on reels 3, 4 and 5 only. It triggers an extra feature – the Better Wilds Respins.
Every time you land the diamond, which is the Special Wild on any of the reels 3, 4 or 5, you trigger the Better Wilds Respins. They are free respins with other benefits. During them, the reels spin automatically. The Special Wild diamond symbol moves 1 position to the left on each respin.
From the second movement of the Special Wild on, with each free respin it expands either up or down by 1 position. If you land extra diamond Wild symbols on reels 3, 4 or 5 during respins, you1 retrigger more respins. The Better Wilds Respins end when the Special Wild reaches the first reel.
Although the max win per spin isn’t very generous, Better Wilds is fun, entertaining and has a good RTP level. Its main attraction is the Better Wilds Respins. They are free rounds and involve moving of the diamond wilds and the increase in their number. Those of you who prefer Wild Frames, Diamond Blitz and the like, can have a great time with Better Wilds too.