The Wild Gang Pragmatic Play slot has 6 reels with varying row sizes of 3-4-4-4-4-3. Technically speaking, you’re looking at anything from 2,304 to 4,096 paylines.
The slot has a Wild West theme with a captivating soundtrack to boot.
The game has a competitive RTP of 96.2% with versions as low as 94.03%. With a hit frequency of 1 in 3 spins, it guarantees plenty of winning spins.
The free spins feature triggers at an average of 1 in 253 spins. That kind of spoils the mood a lot there.
But, with a top cash prize of 10,000x their stake it’s worthwhile. Moreover, the probability of hitting the jackpot is 1 in 11,792,500 spins. The volatility scores a bruising 10’er on the Whizz’s slots scale.
The special features include four Wilds with multipliers of 2x, 3x, and 4x. Next up, are Mystery Symbols and Free Spins.
Which is significantly larger, as you’ll be playing for a jackpot of $2.4 million. Life-changing? Yes.
Graphics, Sound and Symbols The Wild Gang
Pragmatic Play is a software provider of note, yet we won’t label the graphics in this slot as striking. Instead, we’ll say they’re adequate. What puts it a cut above the rest is its audio track.
Which has the ability to take you places you never knew even existed, shout out to them there. The top symbols on the reels do the theme justice. You’ll see bottles of Whiskey, cowboy boots, a six-shooter, knives, and the sheriff’s badge.
The highest paying symbol is the sheriff’s badge which pays $1,800 for 6 at the maximum wager. The low-value card suits from J to Ace pay but not nearly as much.
The Wild Gang Bonus Rewards
The Wild Gang features four distinct wilds each with its own abilities. They pitch on reels 2, 3, 4, and 5, and they serve as both wild and scatter symbols.
In the base game, when wilds land on reels 2 or 3, they substitute the normal symbols. Additionally, they come with random multiplier wins from 2x, 3x, or 4x.
These multipliers apply to the total wins for that spin. Plus, if there are two multipliers, they multiply each other for even larger payouts. When 3 or 4 wilds appear in the base game.
Guess what? They switch roles and function as scatters, triggering the free spins.
The Mystery Symbol is the Wild Gang, and it appears on the reels. Its job is to transform random symbols into winning symbols. During the testing phase, we did not have much luck with the symbol.
3 Wild/scatters in the base game trigger the Wanted Free Spins round. While 4 wild/scatters trigger the Dead Or Alive Free Spins round. You’ll receive 8 free spins from both free spins features.
The difference between them is that the Dead or Alive free spins play out on a 6×4 game grid. And, it offers you a respectable 4,096 ways to win.
During these free spins, the wilds carry multipliers that evolve every time they pitch. For the first instance, they hold a 2x multiplier, and for the second, a 3x multiplier.
The same principle applies to the Dead or Alive Free Spins. The exception though is the second time they land, the multiplier is 4x.
You’ll accumulate the wild multipliers in the “persistent meter” during the bonus. Beginning at 1x, it multiplies by any multiplier subsequently applying to the winnings of each spin.
Both rounds also provide extra free spins as rewards. When all 4 wilds appear at least once, you’ll score an extra 2 free spins. Should all four wilds appear twice, you’ll snag another 2 free spins.
The only caveat we have with the free spins feature is that no retriggers are possible.
If you do want to sit around and wait for those wild scatters to pop. You can purchase your free spins for a price. The Wanted Free Spins will cost you 80x your stake.
Whereas the Dead or Alive Free Spins come with a heftier price tag of 200x. Just to see how things pan out we tested the buy option at the maximum wager of $240.
We bought the Dead or Alive 8 free spins for a hefty $48,000. The payout we got was $22,368, so a hefty loss.
What We Like and Don’t Like About The Wild Gang
Let’s start with the volatility as it will smash ya bankroll to pieces. The feature buy option is meaner than the outlaws riding off into the sunset. Also, the RTP swings more ways than a hangman’s noose.
We can’t fault the top cash prize of $2.4 million or 10,000x the stake as it’s life-changing. Win that, and you’ll be commandeering those outlaws. It’s also one of the highest-paying slots we reviewed in 2023.
Tips & Strategy
It’s good practice to play the slot with free credits and to test the buy option a few times. Rather play the slot with your own money than play with a bonus.
The volatility and the wagering requirements attached to the bonus don’t make good playmates.
How to Play The Wild Gang Slot
We didn’t hang around with the slot since we only played it for 30 spins. We also tested both buy options a few times with no encouraging results. The maximum wager of $240 will cost you $48,000 for the Dead or Alive 8 free spins.
Is it worth forking out that amount of cash? Nope, unless you have a bankroll of $500,000. Furthermore, we have reason to believe this is where you’ll win the jackpot of 10,000x the stake.
Only play for the highest stakes if you’re a high-roller
When you play chess there’s what they call a “poison pawn”, which means if you capture it you’re toast. The same thing applies for The Wild Gang. Pragmatic Play redefines the word volatility with this game.
It’s one of those slot machines that’s akin to a progressive like Mega Moolah. With a few notable differences of course. Only play it if you’re going for the jackpot, or if you’re a high roller.
Mark Taylor, the chief author at Casino Whizz, is a dedicated gambling expert with over a decade within the casino world. His passion for poker, slots, and table games has fueled his career, where he shares invaluable insights, tips, and detailed game and casino reviews.