When you consider that they are usually shy, secretive creatures that do their best to shy away from human contact, it is quite surprising how often the wolf crops up in stories, myths, legends, fables and yes, even the realm of online mobile slots.
One of the best examples of the genre is the somewhat unusually named Silver Fang Mobile slot from Microgaming, which once again uses these lupine beasts as the basis for a very enjoyable, visually appealing and easy to play mobile video slot.
Set against the snowy forest backdrop that is the preferred habitat of these pack animals, the Silver Fang mobile slot was released back in August 2014. It is a 5x3 reel slot which boasts 50 paylines and all paylines are in play on each spin.
This means that the minimum bet you can play with on the game is 0.50, which may put it beyond the means of the micro stakes player, but for low, medium and higher stakes is perfectly fine. The maximum bet however is just 25.00, which means that it is very much aimed at the low to medium stakes player.
What is also appealing is that this is a low volatility slot, which means that you get regular payouts in the base game and with a house edge of between 3-4%, this means that it isn’t a game which is going to quickly drain your finances as you’ll keep things topped up with regular smaller wins.
However, that is not to say that you cannot win big playing the Silver Fang slot as there is a maximum jackpot win available of 125,000 coins and with coins worth as much as 0.50, that translates into a very sizeable win indeed if you are lucky enough to hit it.
If you have played Microgaming slots before then you’ll no doubt be familiar with the style and look of the games. The low symbols in the game are the usual playing card lows from 10 through to Ace. Although in some games this is a tad dull, I think it suits a game like Silver Fang better as having more and more wolf-themed symbols across the reels would be repetitive and perhaps more difficult to see when you have hit a winning payline.
The high symbols are, of course, various depictions of wolf and other wildlife and one of the nice features about these symbols is that they do animate when you land them on a payline.
This helps keep the base game relatively interesting as this isn’t a slot jam-packed with features to keep you interested in the game that way. Instead, it relies on regular wins when you play, which is great if you like smaller, regular wins, but perhaps not so if you prefer the adrenaline rush of larger wins less frequently.
There are two features in the slot that you should be aware of and the first of these is the in game Wild symbol. This is the iconic image of a wolf howling at the full moon, but fortunately there are no werewolves around at this time. Instead, this symbol can be used as any other high or low symbol in the game to help create winning paylines.
Sadly, there’s no multiplier attributed to Wild symbol wins in the base game which would have been a nice touch and certainly added to the appeal.
The big feature of the Silver Fang slot however is the Free Spins round and this is access when you land, three, four or five scatter symbols across the reels in any position.
Initially, you’ll also receive a nice payout from the scatters alone. Three scatters gives you 5x your bet, 4 scatters 20 times your bet and 5 scatters 50 times your bet, which is a great way to kick off your 15 free spins.
During the free spins round the scene on screen turns into night and the Wild symbols are stacked across the reels, giving you a great chance of landing multiple payline wins. Furthermore, all wins in free spins are subject to a 5x multiplier, meaning you can rack up some outstanding wins in free spins.
All in all, the Silver Fang slot packs plenty of bite as you would expect. It is a game for players that enjoy regular wins, rather than bigger, less frequent payouts but retains the excitement of a big win potential especially in the free spins round.
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