This game instantly reminded me of Yggdrasil’s recent Super Heroes pokie machine. I soon discovered that whilst the two games might share a few ideas in terms of their theme and design, Super Wilds is a much more light-hearted game that doesn’t take itself anywhere near as seriously.
The graphics are beautifully drawn and the animations move at a very high frame rate, both of which contribute to the overall premium feel of this machine.
My first impressions were excellent, and as I have been thoroughly impressed by most of the other Genesis Gaming pokies I have played recently I was excited to find out more about Super Wilds.
About The Developer
Genesis Gaming has been creating online pokies for almost a decade now, and that experience really shines through in the quality of their recent output.
It’s obvious that this is a developer who like to take full advantage of the latest advances in online gaming technology, and the result is pokie machines that provide very high performance even on modestly powered devices.
Whilst Genesis do not currently create traditional cabinet based versions of their games under their own banner, some of the top machine manufacturers in the world have partnered with them to create games that will both retain and engage traditional casino players.
How To Play
Super Wilds implements a unified user interface, designed to be as intuitive as possible across a range of devices. As a result, there are just two onscreen buttons for controlling the game – one to access the game’s configuration, and one to spin the reels.
This works very well for touchscreen devices, but traditional computer users will have to make many more clicks than is strictly necessary before beginning to play.
The single “hamburger” menu button located to the left of the reels has four submenus. The first allows you to choose the number of paylines on which you would like to bet, and how much to wager on each of them.
The second button opens a simple dialogue for starting the autoplay mode with your preferred number of spins, whilst the next icon opens a multi-paage window which shows the rules, paytable, and feature details.
The fourth and final button toggles the audio on and off, but sadly it is not possible to mute the music and sound effects seperately.
It took me a very long time to activate the free spins feature in this game. This seemed all the more unusual because of the fact the wilds double up as the scatters in this game, and there are five different types of wild on the reels which can contribute towards triggering the bonus.
Four of these are “Super Wild” characters, who will add additional features to your bonus round such as multipliers, expanding wilds, and extra free spins. If two or more super wilds form part of the triggering combination then their features will be added together, which can result in some very exciting free spin sessions.
The two “Multiplier Man” wilds offer 2x and 3x multipliers, and both can be combined for a maximum 5x multiplier during your ten free spins. The fat “Expando-Man” wild is possibly the most sought after symbol, as he causes any wilds which appear during the bonus to expand to fill the entire reel.
The final super wild is “The Spin Twins” who will award you an additional five free spins on top of the default ten, but disappointingly you cannot retrigger further additional free spins during the bonus mode.
Some Genesis Gaming machines have been notorious for their poor paytables, but I believe the company is finally starting to realise that creating nothing but super low variance pokies will drive many of their potential players away.
The paytable offered in the base game is still quite unremarkable with just 20x your stake on offer for a five-of-a-kind of the top symbol, and things get much worse towards the bottom end with less than 4x your bet being returned for a full line of the lower royal symbols.
Thankfully, the free spins mode ups the ante significantly as a result of the stacked wilds and possible up to 5x multiplier – a full screen of wilds will pay a minimum 500x your stake, however, get lucky with a multiplier and you could see this increase up to a maximum of 2,500x.
That’s a respectable figure for most players, but it should be noted that such an outcome is extremely unlikely, and you could play this game for weeks on end without ever coming close to achieving a full screen of wilds with or without a multiplier. The overall RTP is relatively low for an online pokie too, at just 95.12%
Despite its faults, Super Wilds does at least offer the possibility of some decent sized wins during its bonus modes. It is still extremely disappointing to find so little potential in the base game, as you stand very little chance of turning a profit if you fail to regularly trigger the free spins.
Genesis Gaming obviously have the skills required to make some truely classic online pokies, and Super Wilds is very close – but sadly, just not quite good enough.