Blast Off With Solar Wilds Online Pokies
Setting off into the great unknown and exploring distant planets sounds like a ton of fun, and it certainly is in this online pokies release. From veteran studio Microgaming, in collaboration with All41 Studios, Solar Wilds is all about embracing the great unknown.
The game is littered with curious planets, bizarre solar structures, and the infinite unknown. Though, this doesn’t mean that the theme is just shades of darkness, as might be expected. Instead it is one of the brighter pokies to come out in some time, with a strong focus on contrasting colour palettes.
In terms of gameplay, this is a slot game that isn’t afraid to shake things up. All41 Studios seem to have thrown caution to the wind and bucked online pokies trends, introducing a host of special features that are downright audacious. Expanding Wild Respins are the order of the day, and players may just be taken aback at how unusual the system is. But more on that later.
In terms of basics, Solar Wilds has 5 reels, 3 rows, 10 paylines, and a 96.27% RTP, and you can try it out at Spin Casino!
Exploring The Cosmos
In reality the cosmos is a whole lot of nothing, occasionally broken up by a solar system. But that wouldn’t make a particularly good theme for online pokies game, so All41 Studios has instead gone the alternate route.
The game features a galaxy that is all but bursting with rich, interesting planets, unusual geometric shapes, and vibrant colours. The background seems to stretch off to infinity, depicting nebulas that are probably so far away as to almost be unreachable. This dreamy atmosphere, combined with a fun electronic soundtrack, is a perfect match, proving that All41 Studios clearly have a few talented designers.
This bold visual style is expertly carried over to the reels, where things get even dreamier. Each symbol is a planet, though so strange in design as to almost be bizarre. The idea here clearly wasn’t to depict planets realistically, but instead give players a good idea of what’s going on in terms of gameplay. Unlike other pokies, each symbol here is similar in shape, with only the colour setting images apart. There are red, pink, blue, purple, green, orange, yellow and teal symbols, with the orange and yellow being the highest paying.
In terms of special symbols there is only one to speak of; the Wild. But just because there is only a single special symbol, it doesn’t mean that this isn’t still a slot game that cranks things up to overdrive.
Online pokies are stuffed to the brim with bonuses and special features these days, which is certainly not a bad thing. Bonus rounds are fun, of course, and potentially rewarding too. On the other hand Solar Wilds has been designed with pure simplicity in mind, and as such has no Free Spins rounds, no jackpots, and no bonus features. Instead, it has Expanding Wild Respins.
First and foremost, the Wild is easy to spot. It appears as the word Wild, surrounded by a white hexagon. It acts as would be expected, substituting for all other symbols in the game. But, this is not the same as Wilds in other pokies. If landing on reels 2, 3 or 4, the Wild in Solar Wilds will instantly expand, covering the entire reel. This in itself would be impressive, given the increased chance of potential matches being created. But it gets better.
Once a Wild has landed, expanded, and awarded any payouts, it will then lock in place and trigger a respin. This means that there are 2 chances for matches to be created. However, if another Wild lands on the remaining centre reels, it will also expand, covering the reel, and trigger another respin. The process will repeat until all the centre reels have potentially turned into Wilds. Of course, a spin with all 3 centre reels as Wilds can potentially be massive, with a maximum payout of up to 1,000x the original wager for that spin.
It’s an interesting system as far as online pokies go, especially since every spin can possibly end up as a high paying win!
Solar Wilds has standard betting options that are sure to suit all New Zealander’s at our online casino. The lowest bet accepted bet is a modest 0.10, and maximum accepted 100.00, which is in line with other releases. Given the nature of the game, higher wagers will result in higher payouts - just always remember to gamble responsibly.
Microgaming Leads The Way
There are few New Zealand pokies fans who aren’t aware of Microgaming. The behemoth iGaming company has been around for decades, having originally opened in 1994. Today, having released an extensive catalogue of titles over the years, the developer is regarded as one of the best in the business.
All41 Studios has not been around as long as Microgaming, but has still managed to earn a solid reputation in the iGaming world. So it was only a matter of time before the independent studio went big. They finally got their chance when the bigger company offered them a partnership. Solar Wilds is a product of that partnership, and certainly the sort of slot game that keeps players interested.
Where the collaboration goes from here remains to be seen, but no doubt new online pokies titles are already in the works.
Spin Solar Wilds
If being told that online pokies are still great, despite not having Free Spins or bonuses, many might throw back their heads and laugh. Solar Winds, however, is proof that a slot game not only doesn’t need special features but may just be better due to their absence!
Of course, some may prefer titles with more elaborate graphics, or may even have a special fondness for bonus games. But for those that are willing to try something new and interesting, Solar Winds is certainly worth a look. It is an unusual game in almost every regard, and that makes it special in its own right. Thankfully, the iGaming industry has a place for innovative, risk taking online pokies and Spin Casino is happy to offer them!
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