As the name suggests, The Wild Wood slot by Novomatic is set in a forest. This is a more traditional woodland that appears to be set somewhere in Europe. The tranquil setting allows players to get in touch with nature while playing for some high prizes. The Wild Wood is a five reel slot with just ten paylines. The setting is a peaceful woodland complete with bluebells, foxes, badgers and other European flora and fauna, and interestingly there are no strange mythical creatures in sight; something unusual in the world of video slots. Symbols in the game also follow upon the theme and include mushrooms, flowers, conkers, badgers and foxes. The two animals are the symbols with the highest payout, with up to 750 times the bet. The lower values are represented by card values from nine to the Ace. These are simply designed with muted yet bright colours. The Wild Wood logo is the wild icon, and there is a scatter represented by a moonlit sky. Both of these feature later in the bonus section of the game.
As players head into the woods to have some fun, they need to understand a few of the nuances that will help make this game enjoyable. There is a minimum of 40 coins per bet and a maximum of 100. An
of 95.17% rounds off the details and provides players with good winning opportunities during gameplay. As with many Novomatic slot games, this one is a mid to high-level variance. This means that players can go for periods with no wins, but there is always a big win just around the corner.
The main bonus feature here is the Free Spins section. To activate this part of the game, players need to land two to five of the scatter symbols on the reels. This can offer up a payout of 2, 5, 200 or even 5000 times the original bet. With three or more scatters landed, players will activate the Free Spins feature and receive up to 16 free spins. There is more to this section though. Before the first payout, each of the scatter icons will turn into a wild, and then a second payout is considered. This is called the Wild Transformation bonus, and will also double any win made in the payline that it appears in. More free spins can be triggered if three or more scatters are landed on the same spin.
Whilst the graphics and sound effects are nothing much to write home about, being both cartoony and generic, the features still make this a playable game. The scatters turning wild are one of the best features of this game. Despite The Wild Wood being a high variance game, there is still plenty of opportunity to win big, especially in the fun little bonus sections. The Free Spins are where all the action truly takes place.