The Wild Machine by Pragmatic Play is a highly creative slot that takes you to a laboratory of a mad scientist. Rather than nuclear weapons, this scientist creates a machine producing wild symbols plentiful beyond any gambler's 'wildest' dream.
Betting Options and Bonus Features
The base game of The Wild Machine starts with a 5x5 square grid, but it's easy to see that there's a locked slot on every side of the grid. This is where the shape-shifting feature comes into play. Once in a while, the grid can randomly transform into a 1x3x5x7x5x3x1, with the first, middle and last reel turning to all wilds. This feature helps players net some good wins as well as makes the base game unpredictable and fun.
The Wild Machine slot game offers inviting graphics along with some solid stats, such as a 96.54% RTP, 5/5 volatility and 7000x max win. Look out for the mad scientist symbol himself, it's the highest-paying one which will reward 175x your stake if you connect 7 of them (only possible when the reels shift).
Collect 3 scatters to enter the bonus round called the wonder wheel feature. This wheel consists of 30 slices, 25 of which grant instant cash prizes. Even better, if the pointer lands on a cash prize, you can spin the wheel again until you get 5 cash prizes. Players who love to speed-run through the flashy theatrics and make quick money will surely appreciate this feature.
However, some people love playing with free spins so The Wild Machine can't just exclude it from the game. The other 5 slices of the wonder wheel present players with 2 free spin options (but you cannot get bonus spins on top of cash prizes):
- Gold Foundry Free Spins: this option gives you 8 free spins on the 5x5 grid. The catch is that 2-5 random reels will become expanded wild reels.
- Diamond Forge Free Spins: this feature only allows 5 free spins, but to make up for that players get to use the special 1x3x5x7x5x3x1 reels with reel number 1, 4 and 7 always wild. In addition, any extra wilds that appear will remain sticky until the bonus round is over.
The best thing about The Wild Machine is that it manages to be a highly volatile online slot without putting players through unbearably long periods of dead spins. The random expanding wild symbol and shape-shifting grid happen often enough to keep the action hot.
The worst thing about the slot is how hard it is to get the free spins feature. It already takes luck for 3 scatters to land and then you have to pray that the bonus wheel gives you free spins. That being said, being able to choose between Gold Foundry and Diamond Forge is always sweet for a casino streamer because I can let my chat vote on it.