It’s almost time: the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games in London are less than a week away. Sports fans from around the world will spend most of the next month cheering on their nation’s athletes in dozens of different events, hoping that they can bring home gold medals for their countries. There are sure to be dozens of amazing stories and heartbreaking finishes throughout the games.
It’s also the kind of event that is bound to inspire the creation of numerous online slot machines that try to capitalize on the Olympic fever. One of the first of these games is Wild Games, a new slot machine designed by Playtech.
About The Game
Wild Games features two themes, really: it does take place at the Olympics, but it also features animals taking part in the competition. You’ll get to see a cheetah exercising its incredible speed on the track, a hippo carefully navigating a gymnastics balance beam, and even a bulldog trying to bring home the gold in a swimming event.
This machine is a five-reel, 25 line slot machine in which the goal is to match identical symbols on your active paylines. The three characters mentioned above all make appearances on the reels, as do the classic card rank symbols along with basketballs and footballs. All of these symbols instantly award prizes if you match three or more in a row, with the animals offering prizes as high as 1,000 times your bet if you are lucky enough to match five. There’s also a wild symbol (a trophy), that can substitute for any normal symbol or make prizes of up to 3,000 credits on its own.
Several Olympic-themed bonuses appear throughout the game. First, there’s the Win a Medal Bonus, which is triggered if you should happen to hit three or more of the same medal anywhere on the reels. This activates a “pick one” style game where you’ll get to choose a medal of your choice and receive an instant reward. The size of your prize will depend on which medal activated the game: a bronze medal can earn you up to 40 times your total bet on that spin, a silver medal can earn you as much as 70 times your spin bet, and a gold medal awards prizes of up to 100 times your bet.
Three other bonus rounds are attached to the animal competitors themselves. All three animals have stacked symbols on the third reel, and if one animal should cover the entire third reel, you’ll trigger their bonus round.
For instance, hit the cheetah, and you’ll get to play a 100 Meter Dash bonus. Choose a cheetah for the race, and you’ll automatically score eight free spins, along with an added bonus based on what place your cheetah finishes in. The bulldog bonus game is similar, as you’ll pick a bulldog of your choice to race in a swimming event and win eight free spins – plus up to four additional spins depending on where your dog ends the race. Finally, the hippo’s Balance Beam Bonus has you choose a routine for the hippo to perform; you’ll once again get eight free spins, but the judge’s scores will determine a multiplier for your winnings during those spins.
With plenty of sporting fun and a nice Olympic flair, Wild Games is a welcome addition to the Playtech slots lineup for the upcoming Olympic Games.