Do you adore the majestic beauty of predatory creatures, but prefer not to be close enough to get eaten? Do you love the mystic setting of the Asian jungle, but disdain the environment’s sultry humidity? Then stay home, whip out your tablet and start playing Microgaming’s newest online slot, Wild Orient.
The developer launched this new online slot in March 2016, taking players on an interactive safari through the dense jungles of Asia. Microgaming casino members will enjoy a graphical feast of magnificent creatures like the Chinese panda, Indian elephant, Asian tiger and Japanese red-crowned crane.
Sure, you could piggyback off the courage and adventuristic nature of others, watching old Youtube videos of people traversing the dense wilderness of the Orient, but where’s the entertainment – and more importantly, the profitability – in that? In contrast, Wild Orient delivers stunning 3D graphics, a tranquil soundtrack and up to 480x payouts.
Wild Orient Slot Features
Like most of Microgaming’s reel-spinning creations of the last few years, Wild Orient features 5 reels and the developer’s famous ‘243 Ways to Win’. That means players won’t have to worry about paylines. All possible ways are activated by default, with payouts divided proportionately by the total wager. Bet sizes range from $0.25 to $125.00 per spin.
With lush forests of bamboo and palm leaves in the backdrop, Wild Orient delivers a range of thematic symbols that include tigers, pandas, elephants, baboons and cranes. Unfortunately (and also typical of the software giant), Microgaming chose to stop there with the majestic animal motif, filling in the rest of the icons with generic playing card symbols of 9, 10, J, Q, K and A.
Appropriately, the game’s Wild symbol is the Wild Orient logo, which takes on the traditional role of completing applicable winning combinations.
The Stone Idol, depicting all 5 creatures, is the Scatter symbol in Wild Orient, and the one players will want to see land on the screen most of all. When 3 or more scatters appear, it triggers 15 free spins. Best of all, every payout is tripled with a 3x multiplier during free spins. This bonus can also be retriggered one time, allowing a max of up to 30 free spins (and more, of course, if a player hits 3+ scatters again in the base game).
Another unique feature found only in the base game is the ability to respin a reel anytime you like. It will cost a chunk of change to do so, but when the reels align in a manner that almost awarded a huge prize, it can definitely be worth it. The amount of credits required to respin a reel depends on the probability of hitting a payout, and is clearly displayed on the Respin button beneath each reel.
There is no progressive jackpot, or even a static jackpot, to be won, but hitting the right combinations can still be highly lucrative. The maximum payout in the base game is 160x the bet, increasing to 480x during free spins.
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