|Game Type:||Classic slot|
|Whats hot:||Whats not so hot:|
|Medium variance||Plays more like a high variance 3D slots|
|RTP is above 96%|
|Re-spins and a Free Spins feature with stacked wilds|
Where to play?
Software houses don’t just roll out their slot machines on a whim; their themes, mechanics and visuals are planned meticulously. If we have a look at Yggdrasil‘s Wild Mantra we see that the developer adheres to the aforementioned.
The medium variance video slot with its 5 reels, 4 rows and 25 paylines pays a top jackpot (non-progressive) of 1,000x your stake on a single spin. The game art renders almost virtual realistic scenes that compliments its Buddhist theme well. Wild Mantra can be played from £0.10 to £125 per spin on PC’s and mobile devices (Androids, iOS, tablets).
Bonus rounds that enjoy centre stage are the Mantra Re-spins (wild reels), followed by a Free Spins feature that awards 10 free falls once triggered.
Set against the backdrop of the reels is the Himalayas and symbols on them are low value cards (clubs, diamonds, spades and hearts), scatters, while the four main symbols are represented by different signs.
The 4 premium symbols have the same value and 4 of them anywhere across the reels pays 5x your stake. Although Yggdrasil still has to announce the RTP (theoretical return to player percentage) we believe it will be around the 96% mark.
The wild is not just a standard symbol that completes winning combinations when it replaces adjacent symbols, but the wild appears stacked and when it pitches on the reels in the main game it triggers the Mantra Re-spins bonus.
The mechanic that plays out next is quite interesting; the wild sticks to the reels whilst the remainder of the reels offers a re-spin. If another wild pitches during the re-spin then the original wild shifts (nudges) across the reels and becomes bigger. The re-spins feature ends when no more wilds appear.
Three or more scatters triggers 10 Free Spins; if the free spins mode is initiated by 5 scatters you’ll be handsomely rewarded with a cash prize of 1,000x your stake. Another top-notch benefit during the free falls is that any wilds that were present when the feature was triggered features in the next round.
Because they’re sticky wilds, the Mantra Re-spins bonus round can be triggered during the free spins. As you can see, it’s a double whammy making it a potentially lucrative free falls feature. An additional free spin is given when you hit a screen full of wilds. Sounds kinda disappointing, I mean what are the odds of hitting a full screen of wilds?
Wild Mantra showcases a lot of substance yet it fails to deliver the goods. Base game wins are so-so and the payouts provided by the Free Spins and Mantra Re-spins does not do the RTP justice. Instead of serving a warm dish it’s served cold.
The best plays are reserved for the free spins… in particular when 5 scatters pop it pays 1,000x your stake. Other than that consider yourself fortunate if you win 50x your stake during the free spins.
Sadly this is not the type of slots that will win Yggdrasil any awards. Players who drink too deeply into its mechanics will find themselves out of pocket and as such, we’ll take two skips and a hop. In stark comparison, Dwarf Mine from the same vendor is a release it can be proud off, the slots has two Free Spins features, transforms into a 16,807 ways to win monster once the free falls is triggered and its RTP borders on 97% (https://casinowhizz.com/slots/dwarf-mine-slot-review/).
Wild Mantra FAQ
How many bonus rounds does the slot machine have?
It has 2, namely the Mantra Re-spins and Free Falls features. The Mantra Re-spins is activated when a stacked wild pops up on the reel set and the free spins are triggered by 3 scatters. Hit 5 scatters and you’ll win 1,000x your stake; and to be eligible for the cash prize, you must bet the maximum bet per spin.
How many spins must I make to trigger the free spins?
Given that it is a medium variance slots, we expected to trigger the free spins within 40 spins, but this did not happen. It took us 70 spins before we triggered the feature, although it ‘sells’ the free spins as a duel pitch, payouts are dismal.