A new slot from developer Red Tiger comes out on the line right after the previous one. The development team is taking on a new challenge with a Tarzan-inspired game, venturing into the sweltering jungles of Africa. Tarzan’s lady love Jane appears, along with several bonus features and free games. Tarzan requires no introduction, however his story has been altered since it was first published in 1912. We’re used to watching Tarzan, who was raised by apes, becoming civilized by Jane. Thanks to his background as the Viscount Greystoke, the original Tarzan had a refined manner of speech. Whatever, we understand what you mean.
Lord of the Wilds is not Red Tiger’s most visually striking slot machine, but it’s also not the worst. Scenes of naked chests occur in a wilderness full of lush trees and distant mist. A scorpion may be lurking beneath every leaf, or a gorilla could be roaring around every corner. A pounding drumming score is perfect for this kind of scene, and that’s exactly what we get. You can play Lord of the Wilds on any device with bets ranging from 10 cents to $40. Expect extended pauses in gameplay between bonus rounds because a medium/high volatile mathematical model lies beneath the jungle facade. Another crucial metric is a standard return to player rating of 95.66 percent. This is a bit below what Red Tiger typically offers, so let’s hope it’s not the beginning of another stealthy decline.
There are 30 paylines, all of which traverse the 5 reels, for players to hit. This occurs when three or more identical symbols appear in a row, beginning with the first reel. There are 9 standard pay symbols, 1 wild symbol, and 2 scatter symbols. Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, and Spades are the low-paying hands, while a Toucan, Gorilla, and Panther are the mid-paying hands.
There are no shocks to find Jane and Tarzan as the two premiums. Interestingly, while there are no barbers in the bush stopping Tarzan’s long hair from blowing free, he is absolutely clean-shaven. For five of a kind, the two rewards are each worth 5x and 6x the wager. A wild Tarzan sign can substitute for any other regular symbol on any reel. It may replace all other symbols save the scatter to create winning combinations and has the highest payout (10x for a line of 5).
Features from the Wild Lord
Wilds, as the name suggests, play a pivotal role in the game’s high points, showing up during the game’s modifiers and the free spins round.
Regardless of how the features function, their names are clever. Tarzan’s Treasure is the first, and it can be won at random on any spin. When activated, Tarzan swings out of the jungle on a vine and adds Tarzan symbols (which are not wilds) to the reels. The bonus round could be activated if he randomly adds free spins symbols with his swing.
The second is an equally unexpected development: Jane’s Wild Kiss. By blowing a kiss, Jane transforms all currently visible Tarzan symbols into wilds that remain in place for the subsequent spin. If a Jane sign lands adjacent to a conventional Tarzan symbol, both symbols will transform into wilds and remain locked for the following spin. Locked wilds will remain locked for an additional spin if Jane symbols appear adjacent to them.
Finally, if there are 3 free spins icons in view, you will receive 10 free games. Should you be lucky enough to land more than three, then each extra scatter awards 5 more spins up to a maximum of 20. If a wild symbol appears during a round of free games, it will stay put for the whole duration of the bonus.
Lord of the Wilds is an average slot that isn’t necessarily not to be missed. The conclusion reached in our previous reviews of Red Tiger slots may easily be used here. The benefits and drawbacks are similar. The usual eye candy and a fun extra game are two ticks in the “pro” column.
The remainder of the game is forgettable in comparison. The mathematical model doesn’t yield particularly impressive numbers, especially the return to player percentage (RTP), which is below the norm for these Red Tiger filler spots. Then there’s the inevitable length of time between bonus rounds. Free spins are a nice perk, though. Although it’s not particularly novel, sticky wilds can sometimes lead to attractive outcomes.
However, the outcomes may have been improved. Lord of the Wild’s maximum payout of 2,100 times the wager seems unimpressive next to its high standard of volatility. It takes time to hit the other features, and even when you do, you probably won’t get any huge payouts.
Even so, free spins can be rewarding if you manage to lock in a large number of wilds at the outset. While the best test results only reached roughly 550x, it certainly beats being torn apart by a pack of territorial gorillas. Overall, there are some redeeming qualities to Lord of the Wilds, but they are outweighed by the game’s many flaws.