Nature really is a beautiful thing if you take the time to look around you and fully consider it with a vast array of amazing creatures, each uniquely adapted to suit their own environment in truly ingenious ways. And what better way is there to experience these amazing animals than observing them in their natural habitat? PG Soft clearly agree because they’ve produced the Safari Wilds slot, a medium volatility, six-reel game featuring a maximum win of 5,000x and an RTP of 96.75%.
Safari Wilds is set on a six-reel grid within a 5-5-6-6-5-5 formation, offering up to 22,500 ways. Fittingly, the wild symbol is a prominent aspect of the game, with transforming wilds being present on reels three and four. There is also a multiplier feature to look out for, which can increase after each win, rising to a maximum of x5. Finally, landing four scatter symbols will activate the free spins bonus, awarding you with a minimum of 12 starting spins and offering the opportunity for bigger wins through increased multiplier values.
If you’ve always fancied getting up close and personal with some of nature’s finest creations but are not quite brave enough to stare an uncaged lion in the eyes, then today’s your lucky day as we have the Safari Wilds demo slot, which is available to play for free below!
Let’s imagine this scene; you’ve spent the day enjoying a safari trip way out in the African wilderness, and it’s almost time to return back to civilisation. Suddenly, the over-enthusiastic tour guide puts his foot to the floor in the open-top 4x4 vehicle you are travelling in, and you fly out of the back, unnoticed as the driver moves off towards the sunset. A nearby pride of lions look up from the carcass they have been devouring and lock their eyes on yours. It's fight or die, and this is where you’ll be glad that you’ve already had some training in battling wild beasts, having previously played PG Soft's Gladiators Glory slot, a five-reel game featuring transforming wilds, a free spins round, and a maximum win of 5,000x. Now you've lived to fight another day, let's find out what the Safari Wilds can pay.
Upon inspecting the paytable, we can see that it’s the Lion at the top of the food chain, and matching six of these majestic cats in a line will award a payout of 2.5x your total stake. Next, it’s the Elephant at 1.5x, followed by the Giraffe at 1x. The lower value premium symbols are the Zebra, Antelope, and Meerkat, which will return 0.75x, 0.5x, and 0.4x, respectively, per winning combo of six. The non-premium symbols on offer are the classic A, K, Q, J, and 10, with the first of those two paying 0.25x and the last three returning 0.2x your total stake value.
Time to analyse the stakes on Safari Wilds, and we can see that there is a lot to choose from, as often seen on a PG Soft title. With 33 different options available in total, ranging from as low as €0.60 to as high as €180.00 on Safari Wild, there’s sure to be a suitable stake selection available for the majority of players. The exception to this is the lower rollers, who may find the minimum of €0.60 slightly on the high side, although I suspect this value is for the demo mode only, and the real money version will offer far lower bet sizes for players to pick from.
base game & modifiers
Safari Wilds slot base game
Game mechanics wise, Safari Wilds uses a six-reel grid, delivering a maximum row formation of 5-5-6-6-5-5, creating a possible 22,500 ways. Winning combinations are formed by matching a minimum of three corresponding symbols from left to right, commencing on the leftmost reel. Any symbols involved in a win are then removed from the reels or turned into wild symbols before the next cascade, where additional symbols drop down from the top to allow further wins to take place.
wild transformation reels
Reels three and four perform a special role in Safari Wilds. Any symbols in positions within these reels that form part of a winning combination are transformed into wild symbols before the next cascade. This feature provides a better chance for winning connections to be made as new symbols tumble down on reels one, two, five and six. Any symbols turned wild as part of this feature will be removed from the reels if they then go on to form part of a win; they do not remain sticky.
At the start of any spin, the multiplier value at the bottom of the reels is set to x1. After each winning cascade, this value will increase, and the total prize value from that cascade will be multiplied and paid according to its value. This multiplier increases from x1 to x2, to x3, and finally, to x5, which is the highest it can go and where it will remain for any subsequent cascades during that spin. At the end of the spin, the multiplier value will be reset to x1.
safari wilds slot bonus features
Safari Wilds slot free spins feature
Four scatter symbols landing on the grid during any one spin will trigger the free spins feature, awarding 12 free spins. Any additional scatter symbols above the required four will award two extra starting spins each.
free spins feature
During this bonus, the value of the multipliers below the reels will be increased from x1, x2, x3 and x5 to x2, x4, x6, and x10, and these operate in the same fashion as seen in the main game, increasing with winning cascades and resetting at the end of each spin. The free spins feature can be re-triggered by landing at least four scatter symbols during the bonus.
Wild transformation reels are an interesting concept.
Increasing multiplier adds potential for big wins.
Lots of base game action.
The free spins feature is very similar to the main game.
safari wilds Slot Review Summary
My trip on Safari Wilds was good fun. The wild transformation reels are a great feature and something that is not seen very often in other slots. This aspect, in conjunction with the increasing multiplier, ensures the potential for plenty of big wins within the base game, which I experienced many times during test play.
The free spins round is also enjoyable, and the higher multiplier values do help to increase the win values. However, ideally, I would have liked to have seen a bit more added to this bonus, perhaps a sticky multiplier or one that can rise higher than x10. Overall, this is a great effort from PG Soft and one I’ll return to.
Article by Patrick Owen
Patrick has over eight years of experience playing and reviewing slots and casino games. He is an avid land-based and online casino fan with a hunger to learn more about slot games and the developers that create them.