There's been a number of this genre of slot released over the past few months, chiefly to coincide with the Chinese New Year, and the brand new Wild Orient slot will certainly take pride of place among these games.
As we've already established, the theme for the slot is the Asian Jungle and the slot basics are that it is a typical 5x3 reel slot from Microgaming, although it does offer the exciting 243 Ways to Win option rather than standard paylines.
While it certainly seems there's more chance of a win with 243 Ways to Win, some people do prefer paylines as they can scale their bets more easily. You can also scale your bets in Wild Orient Slot too and by a quite considerable margin.
The smallest bet you can get the reels spinning for is 0.25 coins, although you can really ramp up the price per spin to a rather large 125.00 coins per spin, which means that this is a slot which can be played from the wealthiest high roller, to the most miserly of smaller stakes player.
The jungle theme is enhanced by the use of Bamboo as part of the decoration around the reels and of course, the symbols on the reels also play a key part, especially the High symbols which are all various jungle animals, including an elephant, tigers, a panda, a large bird and monkeys.
Rather disappointingly, the in game low symbols are the usual playing card lows and while I'd have preferred to see a few more Asian themed objects on the reels instead of these repetitive playing card symbols, it at least does make it easier to distinguish between the symbols that will give you a better win against those that won't.
A quick word here for the background accompanying music which will probably divide opinion. There will be those that love the gentle sound of the flute and find it relaxing while they play, there are others that will probably hate it. Personally, I think it sets the atmosphere for the theme of the slot very well and adds to the atmosphere considerably.
There are a number of features in the slot that are well worth a closer look and the first of these comes in the base game which is a Re-spin feature. You can use this option on any spin in the base game and when you do, you can elect to spin one of the five reels again for a stated cost, in the hope of triggering a win.
The cost of re-spinning the reel depends upon the size of the potential win you could uncover. You can also spin a wheel in the hope of landing a third Scatter symbol on the reels to trigger the free spins round.
There is also the usual Wild symbol on the slot which is the jungle symbol. As with most Wilds in Microgaming slots, this can be used to replace any high or low symbol to help create a winning payline and the more Wilds you get on a spin, the more chance you have of hitting a bigger payout.
The key to the bigger wins in the game is the Scatter symbol which is a rather frightening face on view of an elephant. Land three or more of these across the reels and you trigger the base game which sees you earn 15 free spins, with all winnings during free spins subject to a 3x multiplier.
You can also re-trigger free spins once during that round and earn yourself an additional 15 free spins for a maximum free spin round of 30 free spins.
Top wins on the Wild Orient slot range from around 160 times your stake in the base game, to a much larger 480 times your usual stake in the free spins round.
Wild Orient is an enjoyable slot that has been lovingly created and the music does help add to the atmosphere. It is a popular theme for slots but if you love anything animal or Asian-themed, then this will be a perfect slot for you to try.
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