Rudolph Gone Wild Slot Review
Here is the latest version ‘Rudolph Gone Wild’ coded by NextGen Gaming and released via their parent company, SG Digital.
Many moons ago, before Santa Claus got all woke, there lived a reindeer among his herd who suffered prejudice among his peers because of a crushing disability – he was possessed of a red nose. Not only was this deer (named as ‘Rudolph’) made to suffer taunts and verbal abuse because of his controversial conk, he was banned from events which, at the North Pole, were known as ‘The Reindeer Games’.
But! One evening Santa happened along, saw Rudolph’s shiny snout (you would even say it glows) and appointed the young buck king of the sleigh-pullers. Now, once-per-year, Rudolph can be seen trailing a blaze across the heavens and reindeer-kind has learnt an important lesson – that ‘being different’ is something to be ridiculed unless that difference proves useful in which case the opposite is true.
Rudolph’s life story has been committed to TV and film many times, and online slots games too. Here is the latest version ‘Rudolph Gone Wild’ coded by NextGen Gaming and released via their parent company, SG Digital.
How to Play
Rudolph Gone Wild has a fairly typical slotting set up, although there are four rows as opposed to the customary three. The slot still has the usual five reels though.
This slot has a fixed number of paylines, and an RTP of 95.33% which is a little lower than most games (96% is the customary ‘low bar’). The maximum you can win on any spin is £250,000. Your overall stake can be customised at any time, with £0.10 being the lowest, and £25 the highest. Wins are paid for three, four or five identical symbols on a payline starting from the left-most reel.
Look out for ‘Rudolph Wilds’ here – they substitute for all other symbols and trigger a free respin for each move to the left. There are ‘Snow Machine Wilds’ and ‘Flying Wilds’ too – see later in this review for more information.
Maximum wins are as follows:
- 5 x Wilds = 50 x your stake (max £1,250)
- 5 x Sleighs = 50 x your stake (max £1,250)
- 5 x Santas = 12 x your stake (max £300)
- 5 x Elves = 10 x your stake (max £250)
- 5 x Gingerbread Houses = 8 x your stake (max £200)
- 5 x Gingerbread Treats = 6 x your stake (max £150)
- 5 x Aces or 5 x Kings = 4 x your stake (max £100)
- 5 x Queens = 4 x your stake (max £100)
- 5 x Jacks or 5 x Tens or 5 x Nines = 2 x your stake (max £50)
Rudolph Gone Wild does not have a progressive jackpot. The maximum you can win – as already mentioned – is £250,000. This can be achieved with a few fortunate uses of the respin feature!
It seems that Rudolph is allergic to Rudolph Wilds. After a spin on which any Rudolph Wild has appeared on the reels, Rudolph will sneeze. This will trigger two events – all wilds will shift one reel to the left, and a free re-spin will be triggered. This will continue until all wilds have been completely sneezed off the reels.
Snow Machine Wilds
At random intervals, a snow machine will come in and blow between one and four normal symbols off the reels. These are then replaced by wild symbols and the reels are re-evaluated for wins.
Friendly elves are on hand to place flying wilds on the reels. This happens at random and can occur upon any spin.
If you land at least three ‘Free Spins’ scatter bonus symbols anywhere on the reels you are awarded free spins. You have a number of options to choose from, including from six to twenty free spins. Rudolph Wilds become stacked during Free Spins and you can choose the height of the stacks from three to eight symbols high. You can only make your choices at random, though.
Graphics and Sounds
There’s a nice Christmassy feel about the look of this slot, in an animated way. It’s not the classic Christmas look, but a cartoon-y one. It fits in well with the ‘Rudolph’ attribute though, although some people might find it a little too modern for their tastes.
The music used will appeal to traditionalists more, though. Not exactly a Christmas tune, but it does say ‘happy holidays’. There are some very odd noises too – Rudolph keeps doing horse impressions, and when he sneezes he does so with a ‘boing’ as opposed to ‘a-tishoo’.
Rudolph Gone Wild does look good and plays reasonably well, but if you woke up on Christmas morning and this game was all you found in your Christmas stocking, then you’d be as disappointed as someone who cracked the turkey wishbone and ended up losing.
We don’t see many NextGen Gaming slots these days since their swallowing up by SG Digital so it is nice to see a game developed by them. It’s a decent game well worth a few Christmas spins but like leftover turkey, the appeal is most likely to be over a couple of days after Boxing Day!