|Game Type:||Video slot|
|Whats hot:||Whats not so hot:|
|Streak of innovative features||Free spins feature not triggered easily|
|Ideal for high rollers||Graphics a bit basic|
|Free spins bonus awards up to 15 freebies with sticky wilds|
|Different coin denominations|
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Wonder Hounds by NextGen is a 25 payline, 5 reel medium to high variance video slot that’s based on the Chinese year of the dog, what better way to celebrate man’s best friend. The simplicity of the slots belies its true potential…it bonus features.
Symbols like Ace, Jinse and Winchester often pitch as wilds during the main game which adds a bit of colour to your bankroll. The focal point of the game is its free spins bonus which awards up to 15 free spins along with sticky wilds. The top cash prize that can be won during the free spins on a single spin is 6,000x your stake. Incidentally this is also the game’s top cash prize.
Wonder Hounds can be played from 25 pence up to £250 per spin, it’s a simple affair with a soothing soundtrack. Symbols on the reels are cards from 10 to Ace, bones, dog bowls, Ace, Jinse, Winchester, wild and scatter paw. The latter symbol pays the top cash prize, land 5 of them on an active payline at the maximum wager per spin you’ll pocket 100 coins. The graphics and animations are cartoonlike, the scatters (3 or more) are responsible for triggering the free spins. A dog barks after every winning spin which is a pretty cool feature to us.
The RTP or average return to player percentage of Wonder Hounds is 96.7%.
Once the game has loaded you’ll see the ‘Play’ button with various symbols on it. There’s an Auto Play feature that spins the reels from 10 to 100 times, you can increase or decrease your average bet per spin by clicking on the ‘Bet Down’ or Bet Up’ buttons and when you click on the ‘Menu’ you’ll return to the game. The payouts during the base game is good especially if you hit a 5 of-a-kind combo.
Wonder Hounds is kitted with two distinct in-play bonus features. The first is the ‘Wonderhounds Gone Wild’ that’s triggered randomly on every spin during the base game. One or more Wonderhounds can be transformed into wilds. The other bonus mode is the Free Spins feature which we’ll discuss in a bit.
The free spins feature is played when 3, 4 or 5 scatter paws appear any position on the reels. Three scatters award 8 free spins, 4 scatters awards 12 free spins and 5 scatters award 15. Once the feature starts 1 to 15 wilds can be added to the reels randomly, the nice bit about these wilds is that they’re sticky and remain until the feature ends.
Any extra wilds that pitch will become sticky, the net result is that a bunch of wilds translates into a hefty payout. The biggest amount that can be won during the free spins is 6,000x your stake. Unfortunately the free spins can’t be re-triggered, upon conclusion of the free spins you’ll return to the main game.
The graphics and game mechanics of Wonder Hounds are well thought-out with a knock-your-sock-off free spins feature. Despite the fact that the free spins feature cannot be re-triggered it’s those sticky wilds that deliver the killer blow – the potential for some really big wins here are good. If we can give you a bit of advice don’t rush your bets and it takes patience to trigger the free spins. It’s a great slots despite it’s simple game mechanic, we’ll definitely stick a pin in it.