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We’ve talked effusively on several occasions about the awesome design skills of Swedish developer Thunderkick. Our talented game partner possess some of the most talented folk in the industry, evidenced through games such as Esqueleto Explosivo, Turning Totems, Sunset Delight and Barber Shop Cut to name a few - each one as quirky as it is brilliantly designed.
Fans of Thunderkick games are in for more visual treats with Well of Wonders, a highly volatile one-of-a-kind slot bearing touches of studio’s unique signature style, while somewhat controversially steering clear of Free Spins.
Notwithstanding their absence, there is no shortage of other attractions. Stunning animations come as standard, while Respins and Multipliers both take centre stage to drive the majority of the action.
First impressions count for a lot in slot games - and the one in Well of Wonders is spellbinding.
We’re greeted by an enchanting woodland scene where fireflies swarm all over and the game’s symbols rotate around a reel-less playing setup. It’s the kind of place to gather and sing lullabies with friends over a roaring campfire, completely cut off from the outside world.
Slots lacking conventional reels are not uncommon for Thunderkick. This is how they often like to style their games - opting to float symbols in mid-air rather than let them spin across fixed axis. See the aforementioned Sunset Delight or Fruit Warp as a case in point.
It works like a charm in this game. On each spin the titular well located in the centre of the screen spits out 7 random symbols before they land in place, adding to the mysticism while inducing a calming, zen-like effect.
Completing the scene are runestones that glow magically, supported by a bewitching soundtrack. Keep an eye on those runestones, by the way. They are pivotal to your potential rewards!
Technically, there are no paylines as such, nor reels to be found in Well of Wonders. In their place are 9 symbols in a variety of colours that defy gravity magically on each spin, plus a couple of additional extras.
Wins are formed by landing 3 or more of the same symbol in any position. Red symbols are the most lucrative, awarding 50x your bet for full-screen combinations, while wild symbols also form part of the action and step in for all other symbols.
Similarly to how Cascading Reels operate, winning symbols in Well of Wonders disappear from view before they’re replaced by a new set for additional win opportunities.
We mentioned the glowing runestones before. Compensating for the lack of Free Spins, these are etched with multiplier values which double each time you score a win, all the way up to 32x. They reset back to 1x only once the current winning sequence comes to an end.
In addition to multipliers, Well of Wonders packs one other central feature. Keep your eyes peeled for the magical fairy appearing on any non-winning spin. With a single wave of her wand she’ll swiftly remove all single symbols in view, while also increasing the present multiplier value to help boost your returns.
Well of Wonders is a mysterious game in more ways than one. Belying its enchanting exterior, the game runs off a volatile math model that can swallow up bankrolls in no time.
As such, prepare for plenty of near misses as you seek to mount up multipliers. On the flipside, hit a strong of wins with the max 32x multiplier locked in, and you have a shot at tapping the game’s 2,280x may payout.
Another positive is the game’s RTP, which clocks in a smidgen over the industry average at 96.1%.
Thunderkick have delivered yet another masterclass in slot creation with Well of Wonders. The game brims with typically distinctive illustrations wrapped in an enchanting theme. What’s more, eschewing the traditional reel format represents a refreshing break from regular slots that dominate the market.
This is not the kind of game you call upon to book in some high powered, frenetic slot action, but one which should delight Thunderkick loyalists as well as those seeking an altogether more otherworldly slot affair.
Well of Wonders has an advertised RTP of 96.1%
Well of Wonders is configured with a maximum bet of €100 at Wildz.
Well of Wonders is categorised is a volatile game, characterised by infrequent big wins and long periods of fruitless betting rounds.
Min/Max Bet: € 0.10 – 100.00
Volatility: Low (1/10)
Platform: Desktop & Mobile
Game Type: Slots