Those familiar with Barcrest will no doubt be aware that the software providers have a fine line in retro slot machines – and the group have again managed show off their know-how in Wild Times.
A simple three-reel, five-payline game, Wild Times elevates itself above and beyond the standard retro slot machine fare by including special wild symbols that dish out a random multiplier while again incorporating Barcrest’s patented “Big Bet” system so players get more bang for their buck.
As with most retro slot titles on the market, Wild Times features a range of slot staples as its prize symbols. Players will find iconic images like stars, liberty bells and BAR logos among the lower-value fruit symbols, with all wilds transforming into prize wheels when activated. The music in the game, meanwhile, is reminiscent of a retro arcade machine and the slot features a background to match.
The main appeal of Wild Times comes in the form of the multiplier wilds that are present both during the base game and within the “Big Bet” feature. When one of these icons substitutes in a winning payline, it will transform into a prize wheel and award a random multiplier to boost your rewards. In “Big Bet” mode, the more you choose to invest, the more valuable these multipliers will become, with the gameboard also opening up to give you 27 ways to win instead of five.
You certainly don’t need a PhD in slot science to play Wild Times – in fact, all players really need to do is choose a starting wager between £0.02 and £100 and hit spin to get started. “Big Bet” mode can be accessed from the “BB” button on the right-hand side of the screen, with players then able to choose from four stake levels that will award increasingly bigger multipliers during their five free spins. In the base game, a top prize award of 50x your bet is up for grabs, but when coupled with the slot’s top 10x multiplier, this obviously becomes a far more substantial 500x.
Wild Times does exactly what all classic slot machines should do by providing players with a pick-up-and-play title that is both simple and rewarding. The range of stakes available make Wild Times a slot that can be enjoyed by players using all different bankrolls, while the “Big Bet” games will ensure that even more demanding slot connoisseurs have something to keep them entertained.
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