Slot Review of the locomotive themed Wild Rails from Play'n GO

Play'n GO's Wild Rails slot machine
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Aug 16, 2019
Volatility: High
RTP: 96.53%
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Pros
  • innovative horizontal slot design
  • high volatility means high risk and high reward
  • 30 paylines
Cons
  • short on features
  • lacks the fun factor of comparable slots

Wild Rails is a very high volatility slot from Play’n GO.

Tickets please!

It would seem that things are chugging along nicely in this next slot from Play’n GO. Wild Rails is an inventive, 5-reels and 30 paylines slot whose highlights include the Wild Trains Feature and the Tickets to Free Spins Feature. We can ride along for a chance to win up to 5,000x our bet!

Wild Rails : Horizontal reel tracks

Wild Rails slot represents a first for Play’n GO because it is the first horizontal reel slot from this developer. What this means is that the reels spin horizontally rather than vertically. Effectively, it makes no difference to the game, but it suits the theme nicely. That’s because each space on the reels contains a train cart holding a symbol. A spinning reel means that a motor unit pulls the old symbols off and the new symbols onto the spaces.

Using a bit of nifty artwork, the tracks are on top of four stacked bridges which extend out from the side of one rock face and into the rock face of the opposing side. In the background we can see clouds and the formation of birds for a bit of dramatic effect. The slot chugs along brilliantly with a perky tune.

Wild Rails high volatility slot has an RTP of 96.53%, and we can vary the wagers from £0.30 to £90. There are versions optimised for mobile, tablet and desktop. All we’ll need is an Android or iOS device if we want to take it with us.

The free spins of Wild Rails

The slot has an RTP of 96.53%.

The Wild Trains

As mentioned previously, the horizontal reels are spun by virtue of trains which pull the old symbols off and the new symbols back onto their spaces. On every spin there is a chance that up to 4 wild trains stop on the reels carrying up to 5 wild train cabins. These wild trains can form their own winning payline and when we wager the maximum amount, we can win £180, £720 or £2,700 with 3, 4 or 5 symbols respectively on their own payline.

Features include Wild Trains and free spins.

Scatter-pays and free spins

The second feature of the slot is triggered by golden train scatter symbols which may appear on any of the reels. It is possible to trigger 5, 7 or 10 free spins with combinations of 3, 4 or 5 scatter symbols.

A great extra is that these symbols are scatter-pays so on a maximum wager we can collect up to £450, £900 or £2,250 with 3, 4 or 5 randomly occurring symbols.

While in free spins mode, the slot guarantees a wild train on every spin. It is possible to increase this by one additional wild train for every three scatter symbols, plus we get an extra re-spin. Once we have reached four wild trains, then we get three free spins for each further three scatters that appear.

Slots with trains

Wild Rails is such an innovative slot that I’m not sure what other games I could compare it to, but I can always recommend slots that stay within the train theme as there are some worth checking out.

Innovative design but short on features

When it comes to high volatility slots, Play’n GO is probably not the first developer that comes to mind. That’s because developers like Microgaming and Netent have done a particularly good job in releasing games with staying power. Play’n GO’s Wild Rails is a high volatility slot but fails to live up to the hype of other comparable slots.

There is no arguing against the creativity in its design but the shortage of features left me feeling a little underwhelmed relative to other similar games. Arguably, with 30 paylines the need for a lot of features is not there, but this comes at the expense of the fun factor.

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