ABOUT WILD DEPTHS
Wild Depths joins a series of new slots that Pragmatic Play has lately released. Yet like all of their games, Wild Depths’ theme, symbols, and bonus features make it a unique product. Pragmatic Play provides award-winning content and is known for games like the Hand of Midas and Big Bass Bonanza.
Similar to those slot games, Wild Depths is extremely easy to learn, and you can start playing demo until you get a handle on it. The betting range can be set between £0.20 and £100 per spin. There are 40 paying combinations, and you can score a maximum possible payout of 5,000x your bet.
THEMES, SYMBOLS AND PAYTABLE
In a portfolio counting more than 200 pokies, Wild Depths is probably the only slot, along with Fishin’ Reels, to feature an aquatic theme. The game has over a dozen different symbols, and the least valuable are the five royalty card symbols.
The medium-paying symbols are a purple and a green seashell, and a red starfish. The highest-valued icons are the three different-color fish: an orange, a yellow, and a blue fish. Wild Depths also includes scatters and wilds. The scatter is a large clam with a white pearl, while the Wild is a bubble with a 2x multiplier.
RTP, VARIANCE AND PAYOUTS
The game’s theoretical payout rate – the Wild Depths RTP (return to player percentage) – is 96.48%, which is satisfactory. The high-volatility (variance) mechanics and bonus features ensure sizable wins, though not as regularly as with low-variance slots.
Big payouts occur with both the free spins feature and while playing in the base game. Getting five matching symbols can trigger a bonus of up to 20x the wagered sum. The maximum win is capped at 5,000x the bet amount, which can still yield a sizable max. payout of £500K, provided you staked the maximum bet of £100 and you’re lucky enough to trigger the win.
GAMEPLAY AND FEATURES
Wild Depths has a total of 40 base paying combinations which can be viewed in the game’s menu. Each win is multiplied by the bet amount per line. You can adjust your bet and coin size from the main functions. If you want to bet with one amount only, you can set your amount and use space and enter to start and stop playing, or activate the auto spin option. Wild Depths’ two best features are the Roaming Wild and the Free Spins.
WILD DEPTHS PAYOUTS
High- and medium-paying symbols can form one of 40 winning combinations. Paying lines can be seen in detail in the game description. Each line pays from the leftmost reel to the rightmost. Winning combinations can be formed on multiple rows. The scatter symbol is key to unlocking the free spins feature, which will be discussed next.
The Roaming Wild is a bubble with a 2x multiplier attached to it. Whenever you land a Wild bubble symbol, it will remain on the grid for the next spin, regardless of whether it is part of a winning line or not. With each new spin, the wild, or wilds, move one step upwards. This effectively increases the chances of forming paying combos with several consecutive spins.
WILD DEPTHS – FREE SPINS FEATURE
Besides the Roaming Wild there, Wild Depths boasts a Free Spins feature that, naturally, is unlocked with the scatter. Getting 3, 4, or 5 scatters anywhere on the reels will award 6, 19, or 12 free spins, respectively. If you land an additional 3 scatters, or more, while playing with free spins, the game will award five extra spins. A Wild symbol in free spins play will activate a single re-spin.
The Roaming Wild also applies to the free spins round. Each respin that results in a win will trigger a multiplier that rises by 1x the win amount.
Wild Depths is both a visual and technical success, with the right amount of skill and luck, can generate pretty solid payouts. The Roaming Wild feature gives additional value to your spins as it fills in for regular symbols to form winning combinations and doesn’t immediately disappear after the spin, but moves upwards.
If you like Wild Depths, you can also look at Pragmatic Play’s other hit slots such as the Big Bass Bonanza series, Hand of Midas, or Fishin’ Reels.