Elvis reviews...Wild Times

If you wanted someone to review a slot machine called Wild Times, then I’d deserve to be pretty high up on your list of people to do it.

Elvis ‘Buffet Boy’ Nevada is from a town where not many nights are spent in your slippers and dressing gown, doing crosswords and watching cooking programmes. If you want to live like that, you wanna be moving to some sleepy town somewhere in the Midwest.

I’ve had more Wild Times in Vegas than I’ve had salads in my lifetime so if you want casino reviews of slots called Wild Times, I’m your man. Here’s what I made of it.

What’s it all about and how does it look?

About 25 years ago I made my way to England. There was an Elvis (the other one) convention in town and I was a guest speaker at one of the events. Specialist subject: Elvis performances in Vegas and his relationship with the town.

So in between events I made my way to one of those countryside English pubs. Boy, those people are weird. They put vinegar on their chips, they drink warm beer and also eat these strange little things call pork scratchings. I’m damned if I know what they are.

But I noticed some folks in there playing these ‘fruit machines’ and most of them were made by a company called Barcrest. And that’s the very company that’s made the Wild Times slot.

Unsurprisingly, this slot is very similar to what I saw in those English pubs. There are those cherry symbols, oranges, melons, bells, a high-value Bar symbol and the Wild.

Where this game is as interesting as a documentary about the history of the hamburger… is in terms of its appearance. At first glance the symbols look as old school as a prawn cocktail sandwich but upon closer examination, they’re very clear, clean, bright and easily visible.

So it’s a little bit of a case here of old meets new.

Look out for some cool animations when you secure a big win including some gold coins flying everywhere like champagne at those Formula One races. All in all, it’s easy to feel like you’re sitting in a real land Casino with a big bucket of quarters surrounded by cocktail waitresses dressed in tight skirts who wouldn’t mind seeing you take the house down. And as far as Elvis is concerned, that’s not a bad feeling.

What happens when you spin the reels?

The regular base game is pretty simple stuff. There are five paylines and for the most part you’ll get some pretty regular wins though if you’re playing for small stakes, nothing that will really secure a big win on slots that will pay for a week of Pina Coladas and grilled shrimp in Hawaii. In other words, it’s not really a slot for the high-rollers the way that something like Dead or Alive or Mega Fortune is.

Part of the reason for that is it’s not a hugely volatile game but the main reason is that there aren’t Jackpots or Jackpot bonuses present in the game. Not that we expect every slot to have them anymore than I don’t expect all buffets to have pork chops on offer. Some do, some don’t.

It’s also a slot that’s devoid of free spins. There is however a chance to really cash in on your wins.

When the Wild symbol lands on the reels, it will sometimes make a spinning wheel pop up and that means it’s Multiplier time! You can secure a Multiplier on your win and should you get a couple of those in a row, you won’t be missing those Jackpots at all.

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Special Features

Now, you folks should know that I don’t do things in half-measures. A quarter-pounder just isn’t enough food and I never order a single Jack Daniels. What if the guy gets lonely? Make it a double!

So as I always say: go the whole way or go home!

Those boys at Barcrest must have heard me say that because this slot has the Barcrest Big Bet Feature. By increasing your stake to 10, 15, 20 or 25 bucks you can buy yourself 5 Big Spins. So the obvious question is: what’s the difference between the different stakes? The answer is that the bigger the cost of the 5 Big Bet spins, the higher the multiplier in play. If you’re playing for 10 Bucks the Multipliers are of 2,3 4 and 5 but if you’re playing for the biggest stake of all (25 bucks for 5 spins), the Multiplier is 5,6, 8 and 10.

And hey, things just get better! If you can secure a couple of decent wins and get one of those big Multipliers come into play, that trip to Hawaii may not be a mirage after all!

Time for tech talk

You know me. I love my smartphone almost as much as I love watching Oprah with a family size Calzone on my lap.  Well, I’ve played this slot on my smartphone and it’s great fun. Easy to play, clear graphics.

So why not use the phone to do something else and tell the world about a big win thanks to one of those big Multipliers? Use a social media app and share your joy with your buddies. If Twitter had been around when the King was still here, he would have had 1 billion Twitter followers. At least!

Elvis’ closing thoughts

If you were hoping for Wild Nights to feature a few pole dancers, tequilla slammers and friends bailing out their buddies at police stations at 6 in the morning, you’ll be disappointed.

It’s not that type of slot. And it’s not a super slot to rival something like Red Riding Hood or Warlords: Crystals of Power either but it’s entertaining enough if you like your games simple and with regular payouts. The Big Bet feature really brings something to the party and means that if you use it now and then, it can have a big impact on your balance. There will be times when the gamble doesn’t pay off but I can honestly say that we made a profit more often than not when we chose to play it. It will appeal to those who want to go out in a blaze of glory!


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