A new release from Microgaming will always make me sit up and take notice. This month we get to try Wild Orient, the brand new game they’re no doubt hoping will be one of the top rated UK slots released this year. It’s reliable enough, to be sure, but will it spin your reels?
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Wild Orient Introduction
Wild Orient is a 5 x 3 slot game with 243 ways to win. Consequently, you don’t have to choose pay lines; instead, you choose the level of bet you’re comfortable with. Since that starts at 25p, there’s an option here to suit every budget. The game has its wild and scatter symbols, along with multipliers as well, which really makes things interesting.
Graphics and Playability
The graphics are pretty sharp in Wild Orient. As you’d expect from the title, this uses Oriental-themed symbols alongside the traditional K, Q, J and other playing card related symbols. The better symbols are the special ones, which we’ll come to in a moment, along with the animal-based symbols.
You’ve got the wild and scatter symbols, but they’re not the main feature of the game. This is the Respin feature, and you can choose to use this as often as you like, or not at all. Sounds a bit odd, perhaps. Actually, it could help you get more wins.
Symbols and Payout Table
The animals provide the bigger wins here. Five elephants will win you 400 coins, and the next-best animal is the tiger, offering 250 coins for five of them. These are followed by the panda, the monkey and the bird.
The scatter pays out for two or more of them, and five would unlock a win of 250 coins. The wild can also stand in for everything else except the scatter symbol, although it can only appear on the second and fourth reels here. So far, everything is pretty standard fare in Wild Orient, but I’ve yet to reveal the best feature in this latest entry to the UK online slots fare available today.
Wild Orient Slot Features
Here we go then – this is the section where the best features of the game will be revealed. I’m drumming up some excitement for this, can you tell?
The first feature comes in the form of free spins. Every good slot game has free spins, and Wild Orient is no exception. You can trigger 15 of them by getting three or more scatter symbols appearing on the game screen. The best part of these is that you can trigger another set of free spins during the initial batch, simply by getting more scatter symbols on the reels. Oh, and every win during the free spins segment of the game brings you triple the usual prize amount.
Wild Orient offers a wild Respin option defiantly worth a play!Adam Dale - SlotsquadNext up – and this is probably the best part of the game – is the Respin feature. The idea is you can choose to respin a reel once a regular spin has been completed. There is an extra charge for this, which varies depending on what the reels show. The cost is displayed at the bottom of each reel. Moreover, if you hover over the bottom of each reel, you’ll see a larger message telling you what the charge would be. It’s a good way to try and get a bigger payout if the other reels have good combinations on them, but it might also be expensive.
Betting and Payout Rate
This game is so new that no one really knows what the payout rate (RTP) is yet. However, it’s got a nice range of betting amounts, and beginners might find it easier to play as it has the 243 ways to win format in play. You only have to choose what you want to bet, as there are no pay lines to worry about. The smallest bet per spin is 25p, but there is the facility to push that up to £125. Of course, if you decide to use the Respin feature, this could add to the amount you spend on the game.
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I think this slot has the potential to become one of the top rated UK slots. It has lots to offer (especially in terms of the Respin feature) to keep plenty of players interested. It’s a pretty basic game, but it is nicely done and looks good too. If you fancy a change from the usual bonus-heavy games you often see online today, this slot from Microgaming could fit the bill. The only real way to find out is to try it, and fortunately, there are some free practice play options online at various sites for that.