Video slots are the most popular type of online casino game available at Wildz. We’ve hundreds of titles developed by a collection of A-list game providers, each with their own distinct features. New online slot titles are added to our extensive portfolio every single week, including all the hottest releases.
Despite the marked differences in how games function, along with their look and feel, plus potential payouts, every slot shares one common functionality. All slot games require players to wager a certain amount between fixed stakes in the hope of making pre-determined winning formations, using the symbols that populate the game’s main playing area.
How to Calculate Wins
Variable paylines, betting lines, or ways to win, are central to the gameplay in every kind of slot - governing the total number of winning combinations possible.
Typically, the aim in video slots is to align matching symbols across any of the paylines in play, which can occasionally reach into their thousands to help ramp up your win opportunities. The Wild, a useful symbol found in most slots, helps in the formation of winning combinations by substituting for all other paytable symbols, bar the Scatter.
More often than not, winning assortments are required to begin at the left farthest reel, however there are alternative mechanics such as Win Anywhere Along a Payline and Win Both Ways that open up your win possibilities and these are adopted by some game developers to spice up the general gameplay.
Then there are the games that shy away from the use of paylines entirely. Certain slots require matching symbols to land in adjacent reels in order to net a win – again starting from the left outermost reel. These games are characterised by higher numbers of potential winning assortments, however this is counterbalanced by an increased number of symbols in play.
Firstly, select your wager amount to kick off a game round. This is calculated by multiplying the number of paylines / ways to win by a coin amount.
If you were to bet a coin value of ₹10 each game round over 15 separate paylines, for example, this would incur a cost of ₹150 per spin (10 x 15), and this sum represents your wager. As you can imagine, the more paylines you bet across – the greater your chances of making a winning configuration – although naturally, this comes at a higher cost.
Additional Bonus Features
Besides the basic game mechanics that require you to achieve specific winning configurations, the majority of modern developers throw in additional bonus games that help augment the playing experience and amplify your winning possibilities.
Free Spins are a common bonus feature present in many of today’s newer releases, but the more ambitious software suites are constantly looking to incorporate a variey of added extras, such as ‘pick-a-prize’ features. Here you must select from a number of items presented on-screen to reveal rewards such as additional spins or Multiplier values, which get applied to any winnings. Try to avoid the dreaded ‘Collect’ object that terminates the feature and returns you to the base game, though.
Typically, bonus rounds are initiated by landing at least 3 identical Bonus or Scatter symbols on separate reels during a regular spin.
Another feature occasionally added into the mix is the Gamble option, popular with some of the older video slots on the market and seen in many ‘Book’ titles like the evergeen Book of Dead. The option is prompted whenever you make any sort of win and provides the opportunity to double your winnings, or risk losing it all by selecting the outcome of a 50/50 scenario such as playing card colour – between red or black. There are also riskier Gamble options that give players the chance to multiply their win fourfold, by correctly guessing a one-in-four shot at a card’s suit, for instance.
Video Slot Variations
Video slots take many forms, but below we’ll go over the most common types that you can play at Wildz. There are Classic Slots that harken back to games of yesteryear, as well as more modern variants like Megaways slots that have been making huge waves in recent years.
Standard Video Slots
Offering anywhere between 4-6 reels and a set number of paylines, standard video slots make up the bulk of slot offerings available today. In general, you’re required to land matching symbols, often assisted by the use of Wilds, across the game’s paylines in order to record a win. The bigger prizes reserved for combinations comprising 4 or more matching symbols.
In addition to wins yielded from the main base game, separate Free Spins rounds invariably hold the key to a game’s more premium rewards.
Developed by premier content creator Big Time Gaming, this unique game dynamic turns each betting round into a guessing game by randomising the number of ways to win on each spin - constantly keeping players on their toes.
In full force, the innovative shape shifting mechanism is capable of throwing up a huge 117,649 win ways - making for some exhilirating slot action. Try out Red Tiger Gaming’s 2020 revamp, Gonzo’s Quest Megaways, or another equally enjoyable upgrade, Piggy Riches Megaways, for some high quality Megaways-inspired gaming at Wildz.
Slots reminiscent of ‘one-armed bandit’ fruit machines are commonly known as ‘Classic Slots’, complete with matching symbol sets that contain BARs, Fruits, 7s and Bells. Perfect for the nostalgic type looking to replicate a land-based mechanical experience, this lower variance category of games tends to produce a steadier stream of less lucrative returns.
Classic slots blend old school gaming with modern graphics and are typically absent of bonus rounds, however a select few titles do adopt Wild symbols to bring them into the present.
In recent times, slots centred around gameplay known as Grid Play have grown in prominence. Eschewing the use of traditional reels, these releases will often require clusters of identical symbols to form, usually a minimum of 5, with any winning symbols disappearing from view and replaced by new ones cascading in from above. The sequence then continues as long as successful combinations form on the reels to increase your win opportunities.
The groovy cult classic, Jammin’ Jars by Push Gaming, and another fan favourite, Play’n GO’s Reactoonz, are two such examples that employ this game engine, setting them apart from the plethora of more conventional video slot types.
Enlarged Playing Area
Some slots mix things up further by opening up the main reel setup whenever players make winning combinations, through the introduction of additional columns or reels. This dynamic ramps up the number of paylines on offer, thereby creating more winning possibilities. On occasion, this system can result in over 100,000 ways to win being made available, however your odds are counterbalanced by the increased amount of symbols in play. Nonetheless, this is another exciting variant on traditional slot play if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary.
Free spins are the most recognisable type of extra feature that game developers will bolt onto the main gameplay, along with Respins and other types of bonus extras. We’ll discuss these in a little more detail below.
Pretty much every game provider on offer at Wildz possesses some kind of slot in their library promising Free Spins.
The feature is usually launched whenever you catch at least 3 identical symbols – normally the Scatter, during the same spin. On occasion, free spins are also awarded randomly in a select few titles.
Typically, players are awarded a fixed number of spins to kick off the bonus feature, however in ‘pick-an-object’ games, like the underwater-themed Release the Kraken, you discover your spin haul by choosing from a number of random objects, and this fun feature adds a layer of mystery to the action.
On top of your free spin tally, some slots give you the chance to boost your winnings through the use of random multipliers. These multipliers may be determined prior to the round, but can also be earned by choosing an item presented on screen, or by recording back to back wins. This dynamic often brings the more lucrative variant ‘progressive multipliers’ into play, which increase with each subsequent win. When there’s no ceiling on progressive multipliers, they can produce some truly explosive wins and are usually found in higher volatility games - like the superb 2020 release Wheel of Wonders powered by Push Gaming, for instance.
Also known as ‘retriggers’, this feature awards additional spins / Respins whenever pre-determined winning configurations are achieved, either in the base game or bonus round. The beauty of Respins is that they will often continue indefinitely for as long as successive winning combos are made on each subsequent spin, upping your win potential considerably.
Bonus Game Features
In addition to the more conventional features above, modern-day providers are always seeking to develop new and innovative bonus games to mark their slots out from the thousands of competing titles out there that all share similar features.
Keep your eyes peeled for the latest releases dropping at Wildz, with band new titles added to our packed game roster on a weekly basis.
How Safe are Video Slots?
In short, very safe. We’ll explain why below.
Rest assured that every single online casino game you decide to play at Wildz has received full vetting and licensing by a competent gaming regular, the Malta Gaming Authority, located within the European Union. The body oversees Malta’s online gaming industry, while issuing guidance on an ongoing basis.
The MGA also audits, inspects and provides legal authority for Wildz, along with all brands operating under its parent company, Rootz LTD.
No game is permitted to be offered without the inclusion of an RNG (Random Number Generator), which exists to ensure fairness by generating a card deal or random spin that prevents the casino from predicting the outcome of any particular result.
Not a single reputable online casino in existence has the ability to manage or manipulate such RNGs.
Wildz, and all other online casinos, are required by law to incorporate RNGs into their video slots, which are thoroughly tested and licensed by the competent regulator.
All video slots must also follow a minimum RTP as mandated by the MGA, which is set at 92%. This means that for every $100 invested a game, it will return $92 to players on average. In reality, the RTP for most video slots sit within the 95%-97% range bracket.
Finally, SSL technology adopted by the world’s leading financial organisations is in place at Wildz Casino to provide the utmost level of security for player funds, whose aim is to ensure all payments are processed encrypted.
Furthermore, all player funds are required to be kept entirely separate from company monies at all times. Note that player funds at Wildz are kept safe in segregated accounts and can be withdrawn 24/7, any day of the week.
History of Slots
The first mechanical video slots were developed in the United States in the late 19th Century. Based on poker games, these mechanical slots first appeared in New York City in 1891, not in casinos, but in bars. Back then, these machines didn’t pay out cash prizes. Instead, a winning combination would be shown to the bartender who would award the player a free beer or perhaps a cigar. The first versions of these mechanical slot machines were more a novelty meant to entertain the patrons at pubs rather than a full-fledged gambling enterprise.
At about the same time, one Charles Fey of San Francisco, California, realising that slot machines had the potential to be a profitable business, invented a simple machine with five basic symbols that can still be recognised today - horseshoes, diamonds, spades, hearts, and a bell. Fey’s machine, the Liberty Bell, was an instant success and spawned an entire industry of mechanical slot machines. Even though Fey’s home state of California banned gambling soon after his invention, mechanical slot machines had begun to pop up all around the United States.
One reason accounting for the spread of these machines was the fact Mr Charles Fey had failed to secure a patent his device, allowing others to copy the design and fuelling a proliferation of mechanical gambling machines across the United States.
In the early 20th century, many states panicked at the spread of mechanical slot machines and passed harsh laws against gambling. To circumvent the law, early machines started to give away food and candy to avoid legal trouble. However, liberalisation following the Second World War saw gambling legalised and regulated in a handful of US states. Postwar machines began to award coins or tokens that could be exchanged for cash.
In 1963, the first electromechanical slot machine was introduced. This machine used electronics to control actuators which then moved the mechanical reels. Despite using mechanical reels, this device was still an evolution of slot machine technology and made the side lever more of a novelty. The first truly electronic slot machine was developed in the mid-1970s incorporating a Sony television. These fully-electronic machines saw immediate success and proved immensely popular with the public. A further evolution occurred in 1996 with the advent of second screen games, bonus features that took players away from the primary playing area to participate in additional featurettes.
The mid-1990s also saw the advent of the first online casinos. Between 1996 and 2008, online gaming operations were introduced into most countries with governments developing laws and regulations as the industry grew ensuring fair operation and secure transactions. In 1998, online gaming revenue worldwide totaled under 1 billion Euros. Fast forward twenty-five years, and recent estimates of online gambling growth foresee the market worth over 65 billion Euros by 2023.
Which game developers are on offer at Wildz?
Our game library is filled with online slots from providers of the very highest calibre. Expect to find games developed by Relax Gaming, Nolimit City, NetEnt, Yggdrasil, Pragmatic Play, Play'n GO, Quickspin, Microgaming, Push Gaming, Hacksaw Gaming, Red Tiger Gaming, ELK Studios, Thunderkick, Swintt, Booming Games, Oryx, and more.
What type of video pokies are available at Wildz?
At Wildz you'll find a wide range of slot categories like classic slots, video slots, grid-play slots and games featuring cascading reels.
Are your slots available to play for free?
Yes, most of the games on offer at Wildz are offered in free-play demo mode.
How do I earn Free Spins?
Free Spins are a bonus feature found in a wide variety of online slots. These features let you enjoy additional game rounds free of charge, and often come with additional extras to help boost your winnings. In most cases, landing a combination of 3 Scatter symbols during a base game spin awards a fixed amount of Free Spins, with more spins awarded for each additional Scatter you manage to land.