We’re right in the depths of winter right now, so we thought it a perfect time to focus on a couple of slots with themes that are…well, cold would probably be the best word. This is the time of year when there’s little more satisfying than cosying up with your favourite slots for an hour or two, pretending the outside world doesn’t exist and having some good old-fashioned fun. Today, we’ll be looking at Wild Rescue and Cool Jewels – two very different slots with the same thing in common…a chilly theme!
First up, Novomatic delivered Wild Rescue some time back, which is a five-reel, 30-payline slot with a skiing theme. Spins are available from 30p up to £60 each and the game is fully compatible with desktop and mobile devices alike. The action takes place in a snowy mountain setting, making it perfect for this time of year when the weather probably isn’t at its best.
In terms of visuals, Wild Rescue is put together very nicely indeed. Symbols include mountain rescuers, skiers, snowboarders and all the usual playing card values. There’s a Wild Rescue logo that acts as the wild and is also the most valuable symbol in the game – five on a winning payline being worth a whopping 4,500 coins.
One of the best features of all with Wild Rescue is the Tumble feature, which activates after every winning line. This is where the winning symbols all disappear, being replaced by those above which fall into the gaps. In addition, golden wilds take the place of ranger symbols and the Tumble feature can go on for as long as three winning combinations in a row.
If you’re lucky enough to score three consecutive wins this way, the Avalanche feature will be triggered. This is where anything from two right up to 15 new wild symbols will make their way onto the reels in random positions, increasing the chance of taking home a healthy prize. During the Avalanche feature, the golden wilds in place of the range symbols also remain in play.
Then of course there’s the Extreme Skier Free Spins Bonus feature, which can be accessed by landing helicopter bonus symbols on the first, third and fifth reels at the same time. Six skiers appear on the reels and act as wilds, with up to 50 free spins available until all skiers have fallen off the reels. Once again, the potential for huge cash prizes is enormous.
On the whole, Wild Rescue is a thoroughly enjoyable slot that’s easy to get into and highly entertaining. There are more than enough bonus rounds and features to keep the action fresh and exciting long-term, while the theme is fast-paced, energetic and immersive. So if you’re looking for a little fun and excitement in a real winter wonderland, this could be just the ticket for you!
As for Cool Jewels, WMS Gaming caused a bit of a stir when this one first came out as it’s the first release they’ve come up with to feature the Exploding Pays engine. There are six reels and six rows in total, with spins starting from 50p and going as high as £200 for those feeling extra-lucky. As the name quite rightly gives away, the theme is one of gems and jewels with a decidedly cool backdrop.
If you’re not yet familiar with Exploding Pays, chances are you’re in for a treat. The long and short of it being that wild symbols can blast, explode and shock, meaning an extensive number of additional ways to win a prize. Cool Jewels isn’t what you’d call a standard slot and might take a little getting used to. There are eight levels of symbol value that you need to work your way through in total.
Winning combinations can be connected vertically and/or horizontally – group four or more identical symbols in any shape and win the prize accordingly. When you win, the winning symbols disappear and are replaced by new symbols, meaning the chance to win over and over again.
Then there are the Exploding, Blasting and Shocking wilds, which aren’t removed from the screen when they appear in a winning line. Instead, they destroy more of the surrounding symbols to give you an even bigger chance of repeat wins. Exploding Wilds get rid of connecting symbols, Blasting wilds eliminate symbols above, below and to each side and Shocking Wilds destroy symbols diagonally.
Things get a little more complicated when different kinds of wilds appear in the same winning line, though suffice to say it’s all good news for you! You could be in for anything from a 10X multiplier to a full 100X the amount displayed by the Pay Per Symbol Meter, if you’re lucky enough to also have a diamond in the winning line.
And if all this wasn’t enough, there’s also a Free Spins feature where up to 20 free spins can be triggered in total.
Cool Jewels may come across as a little on the complicated side, but it really doesn’t take long to get a grip of what’s going on. It’s a breath of fresh air for anyone looking for something a little different – especially once those repeat wins kick in and start doling out the prizes. Absolutely worth checking out, regardless of your gaming tastes and preferences.