About Wheel of Wonder Slot
Released in October 2020, Wheel of Wonders is a new high variance slot from Push Gaming, drawing inspiration from Mesopotamian mythology from middle Eastern lands around Iraq, Syria and Jordan. The action takes place in a desert land with blurred out pyramids in the background. Loosely speaking the narrative involves uncovering ancient relics on an impressive reel set built into a sandstone edifice with columns on either side and flanked by horned animal heads on either corner.
As you would expect from Push Gaming, this is a really smart looking game with high production values and compelling gameplay, all backed by an uplifting soundtrack.
Wins are formed by landing two or more of the top-paying symbols on adjacent positions on paylines from left to right, and three or more of all other symbols. Wins trigger cascades with more symbols dropping in and progressive multipliers boosting your wins.
RTP, Variance and Top Payout
Push Gaming has a reputation for high variance fun and Wheel of Wonders is another addition to the collection of cult favourites from this UK-based studio, including Fat Rabbit and Tiki Tumble. So, don’t expect any easy play here, the action can be brutal and it may take a long time to hit a winning streak. So bear that in mind as you choose your stake value and don’t chase your losses if things aren’t going your way. The best stuff happens with fully expanded reels and when over 40,000 paylines are in play. There you can win a top payout of 47,233x.
The minimum stake per spin is 10c and the RTP is a standard 96.5%.
Symbols and Paytable
Low-value symbols on the reels are represented by the cards, Jack through to King. Mid value symbols are represented by the Paw, Vase, Axe, and Wheel, delivering from 8x to 5x bet for the maximum combination of 6 on a line. The top value icons are the Lion, the Eagle, and the Snake, delivering 40x, 30x, and 25x for six of a kind respectively. These are the only three icons that will pay even for two of a kind. All others require a minimum of 3 on a line to trigger a payout.
Lookout as well for the Sargon Wild, which substitutes for all regular icons.
Gameplay and Features
In Wheel of Wonders, the payouts are driven by an interesting array of features, including every high variance slot fan’s current favourite explosive mix of free spins, cascading wins and multipliers. Here is how they work:
Cascading Wins and Expanding Reels
For those not familiar with the Cascade Wins feature, here is how it works:
After any winning spin, all winning symbols will be removed from the reels, making room for new icons to land and giving players an opportunity to land successive wins.
When a win occurs on the reels, for every different symbol that created a win, additional positions will be unlocked on the locked three rows above the grid, increasing the number of ways to win by clearing new rows. Additional positions reset after a non-winning spin.
Essentially this is paving the way for some thrilling sequences as win cascades open up more win lines and the tension mounts, the progressive multiplier increases and the potential top payout goes through the roof. How long can the sequence last before the reel set restores and you start again?
Ancient Wheel Feature
When an entire new row of additional positions is unlocked the Ancient Wheel feature is triggered. The Wheel has 3 levels, each one opening up as one more Additional Row of the grid is revealed. At each new level the prizes are bigger and better. They include enhancements like bet multipliers (1x to 5,000x), total win multipliers (2x to 10x), and these base game features:
- Embellish feature – the most common symbol on the grid is upgraded to another that is currently present on the grid as well.
- Renovate feature – low value symbols are upgraded to higher value ones.
- Restore feature – additional positions are randomly added to create more win opportunities.
- Transmute feature – random symbols on the grid convert to wilds.
Wheel of Wonders Feature
Once you clear all the locked cells and add all possible additional positions – 18 in total – onto the reels, you will trigger the Wheel of Wonders feature. First spins the wheel to determine a multiplier, and after that the Free Spins feature begins.
Free Spins Feature
The Win multiplier here can be as big as 8xa and the grid is now filled with 46,656 ways to win. You’ll get five free spins and three possible retriggers, depending on the number of wins made during freebies.
Five, nine, or fifteen or more wins secure you Bronze Retrigger with 2 free spins, Silver Retrigger with 3 free spins, and Gold Retrigger with 5 extra spins. Each retrigger comes with a new spin of the Wheel of Wonders, which will increase your total win multiplier.
In fact, it is possible this way to get unlimited free spins by continual re-triggers, as well as infinite win multipliers.
Wheel of Wonders is a very sophisticated and well-thought-out slot game. It sounds complex but the reality is a well-crafted high variance experience where your cascading wins have added importance as they unlock more rows, more paylines, and crucially, more free spins and multipliers. Where as other games make the expanding reels a random add-on and unlock free spins with scatters, Push Gaming have tied it all together with the cascade sequence. And it makes for a thrilling ride. Remember of course that this is a highly volatile slot so it won’t be easy to unlock the features, but the potential for big prizes is huge if you do. The artwork is superb and the animation all flows in slick and smooth movements.
In short, one of our favourite slots for 2020. Have fun, good luck, and gamble responsibly.