The Wild Life slot machine review, strategy, and bonus to play online

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July 1st, 2021

The African plains must count as one of the most beautiful places on earth. Evocative scenery, extraordinary animals, and deep red and yellow sunsets make for a dreamy experience. Although most of us will never get to see the real thing, we can go on safari with the thematic Wild Life slot.

IGT's popular Wild Life slot machine is straightforward by today's standards, with relatively few extra layers of gameplay and bonus features. But that does not take away from the fact that it looks awesome and plays like a dream.

If you'd like to experience life in the wilds of Africa at TwinSpires Casino, here's your handy survival guide.

How to play Wild Life slots

The first thing you'll notice is the atmospheric graphics. The slot is set against a gorgeous sunset that wildlife documentary viewers will recognize instantly. The game itself is a standard IGT layout of five rows and three reels, with just 10 paylines. We did say it was simple!

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Music and the sound effects are typically African, and the game symbols go along with the theme nicely. The smaller paying symbols are the J, Q, K, and A, all nicely drawn in one of the main animals' skin patterns. And it's those animals that make up the high-paying symbols — the zebra, giraffe, rhino, elephant, and the biggest of all, the lion.

Like some other IGT productions, the Wild Life slot machine paylines pay both ways. So, as well as matching at least three symbols from left to right, from reel one through two and three, you can also do so from right to left, from reel five through four and three.

On to the extras, then. The wild symbol is the roaring lion, and this substitutes for all others apart from the scatters. The wild can also expand to take over the whole reel, which increases your winning chances.

The big bucks come in the bonus round. To trigger it, you must land at least three scatter symbols, which is the map of Africa. If two land, the tension rises, and reels speed up on the remaining reels as you wait with bated breath to see if you land a third. The more scatter symbols, the bigger the bonus.

  • 3 symbols = 10 free spins
  • 4 symbols = 15 free spins
  • 5 symbols = 20 free spins

A neat feature of the bonus is that any wilds that appear during the free spins expand over the reel — and then stick in place for the remaining free spins. So, with several reels filling up with wilds, the winnings on each free spin can be substantial.

If more scatter symbols appear during the free spins bonus round, you get two extra free spins. In this way, the bonus feature can go on for quite a while, which can your balance even more.

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Wild Life slot game RTP

We've already hinted that the prize money can mount up nicely during the bonus round. Despite that, the Wild Life slot machine RTP is 94.2%, a percentage point or two down on many other slots of this type. The figure should be slightly higher, given that there is no progressive jackpot to fund.

With that being said, if you make it to one or two bonus rounds during your session, there is every chance you can make some handsome returns.

Play Wild Life slots today

TwinSpires Casino is delighted to host the Wild Life slot for its players. To give it a go, sign up for your account, and remember to claim the bumper welcome bonus — it will help your first deposit go much further. You can then find the Wild Life slot machine in the well-stocked slots section.

Good luck!