The name must have given you a fair indication of the theme of this NextGen gaming slot offering. Yes, Wild Plunder is all about pirates and the riches they loot and plunder. This game has 5 reels in 3 rows, and there are 26 fixed paylines. The visuals of this pirate-themed game are less scary and funnier. The catchy Spongebob tune is also one of the cute attractions of this game. The pictures resemble cartoons. The background has tropical islands and sunny skies which keep rotating slowly as the game progresses. The first look of the game felt like a kid’s plaything not fit for serious gamers. Let us probe a little deeper into the game to see how it stacks up.
Wild Plunder – RTP and Maximum Win
The lowest amount a beginner can start from is €0.25, which is reasonable enough. But the maximum bet amount was €625 for a single spin. This max bet kind of takes the game out of the reach of the casual players. And such a high bet amount would prove really costly if the player gets no bonuses, rewards, or jackpots. So please bet conservatively, at least at the beginning. The usual return-to-player from this particular game provider NextGen gaming is conservative. Surprisingly, Wild Plunder provides an average return to player (RTP) of 96.6%. This is comparable to most of the high return games available.
Wild Plunder Symbols
All the 5 reels of this game provide a quirky look at the dark world of pirates. The symbols of the game are represented on transparent reels, through which you can see the watery background. The smallest rewards are reserved for the coin symbols. These could be made of different materials.
Here is a more inclusive list of all the symbols you will see in this game:
- Wooden Coins
- Bronze Coins
- Silver Coins
- Drinking Mug containing ale
- Treasure chest
- Ghost Pirate
The central character of this game is the beautiful pirate with red hair, called Jolly Rhonda. She is the main character of the script and is also the Wild symbol of this game. When the Wild is seen on all 5 reels in a line, the player stands to get 16 times the wager amount. This is impressive, but it is not much higher than the maximum win provided by a regular symbol. The octopus, which is the best paying of the regular symbols, provides 14x rewards if 5 occur in a line. The Wild symbol of Rhonda can also stand in for other symbols if it results in forming a winning line.
There is another interesting feature of the Rhonda Wild symbol. This feature only gets activated during the bonus games. For each spin, it moves one reel to its left. Additionally, the high-value symbols are blown up by the Wild to provide extra Wilds. Each of these additional Wilds gives you more free spins till the end of the bonus round.
Wild Plunder Bonus
Before going on to the bonus features, here is the dope on some random features. These occur in the main game, not in the additional bonus rounds. This is a brief description of each –
- Release the Kraken – You get randomly added Wild symbols on your reels.
- Rhonda’s Respin – One additional Wild is added, on top of which you might get a few respins.
- Wild Current – This feature is triggered randomly, and can give you up to 9 Wilds.
Now we come to the traditional bonus rounds you have in the Wild Plunder game. As soon as two Wilds feature on a reel, you can get up to 5 Wild Spins. Every wild on that reel would move to the left after every spin, and the premium symbol next to it will change itself into a Wild. If these transformations align perfectly to your advantage, you can win up to 400 times your wager amount.
We spoke earlier about the animation effects in this game. When one such animated cloud pushes one of the islands to the middle of the reel, things begin to happen. The Wild symbols already showing on screen would be randomly added on. Apart from the fun feel of the game, these lucrative bonus features really attracted us to the game.
The opinion was sharply divided in our review team regarding Wild Plunder. Some felt that high RTP could and should make up for all perceived weaknesses of the game. On the other hand, some were disappointed with the rather childish layout of the game. The absence of any real bonuses except the recurring Wilds and respins was also a tad disappointing. Overall, the jury is still out. But the Autoplay feature, the funny and entertaining landscape, and the high RTP would tip the scales in favor of this game. The fact that it is a Nextgen offering should put to rest all doubts about its quality.