The wolf is the rather close ancestor of the domesticated dog, and that might be part of the reason why it holds a special place in cultures around the world. For thousands of years, wolves were hunted as a scourge by farmers in the northern hemisphere, while Native American tribes often held great respect for the wolf. While wolves aren’t as common as they were thousands of years ago, they can still be found in North America, Europe, Asia and Northern Africa.
Given that this animal is so commonly known around the world, and yet still seen as a mysterious and wild creature, it was no surprise to see it as the third subject in the Microgaming series of Untamed pokies. Untamed: Wolf Pack will set you on a journey with wolves in their natural habitat, complete with stunning images of wolves, other animals, and their environment. And while you’re enjoying all the beautiful views this poker machine gives you, you’ll also be winning – thanks to some great special features designed to multiply your earnings.
Untamed: Wolf Pack is a five-reel slot machine available at most Microgaming casinos, including our favourite, RoyalVegas.com. Royal Vegas welcomes Australian pokie players, and AUD currency for real money play.
Like the other games in the Untamed series, this machine uses the 243 Ways system of paylines. Rather than offering you the chance to play a certain number of lines, your bet will automatically cover all possible symbol combinations running from left to right across the reels: 243 different combinations in all. This means that as long as you match symbols consecutively across the reels, it won’t matter exactly where your symbols appear on each of those reels.
This also makes it easy to win several times every time you make a winning combination, as that win probably covers numerous paylines. With plenty of choices in how much you want to bet on each spin (up to a maximum of $22.50), Wolf Pack should be enough to keep any player satisfied.
The object of the game, naturally, is to match identical symbols from left to right across the reels. If you’ve played or read about the other Untamed pokies, you should have a pretty good idea of what you should expect to see on the reels. For small prizes, you’ll only need to match a few of the poker rank symbols, ranging from tens through aces. Bigger wins come when you match Canadian landscapes, moose, or the wolves themselves. Our favourite symbol is the picture of three wolf pups standing together: not only is it one of the bigger prize-winning symbols, but there’s no denying how incredibly cute the puppies are!
While the Wolf Pack online pokie might not seem all that exciting so far, there are a number of interesting features lurking just below the surface. Perhaps most impressively, Untamed: Wolf Pack doesn’t clutter up the reels to provide all these features, as there are only two “special” symbols to watch out for.
First, you’ll want to keep a close eye on the Wolf Pack logo. This logo is wild, and can substitute for any of the normal winning symbols in order to complete prize combinations. It can also earn prizes on its own if you match three or more in a row, up to 50 credits if you should hit a full five wild symbols.
Every time you hit a Wolf Pack wild symbol, you’ll also notice that the little meter under that reel begins to fill up. This is the Collect a Wild feature that has become the trademark of the Untamed games. There are four spots on each meter, and one spot is filled every time a wild appears on the appropriate reel. Completely fill a meter, and that reel will remain completely wild for your next four spins! On its own, this is a huge benefit, but it gets even more exciting if you’re lucky enough to have a couple reels turn wild at the same time. That’s a recipe for some truly epic wins.
Next up is the wolf eye, which acts as the scatter symbol on this poker machine. When you have three or more of these symbols on the screen at once, you’ll instantly win a scatter prize: up to 750 coins if you should manage to hit five. In order to help you get prizes, wolf eyes that are looking at the screen from just above or below the reels will sometimes nudge themselves onto the screen, thus creating wins you normally wouldn’t have received.
Even better, any time you hit three or more of these scatter symbols, you’ll be awarded with ten free spins. Thanks to a special Running Wilds feature, these free spins have the potential to award you some truly magnificent prizes. The first spin will play out as normal, but on every free spin after that one, the number of wild symbols on each reel will increase by one. The wilds will be stacked together, meaning that on every spin, your chances of covering the entire reel with wilds increases dramatically!
Finally, after any winning spin, players have the option of trying their luck in a gamble game. This feature is completely optional, and is only for those who want to take a risk with their winnings for the chance to win even more. The odds are always fair (in other words, there is no house edge in the gamble round), but you can adjust the odds to your liking. Want to simply have a 50/50 chance to double your money? You can do that. Alternately, you can give yourself a better chance of winning for a smaller return, or make it harder and have the chance to greatly multiply your rewards. You also take the option of banking half your winnings at any time, so that you can take some risk without the fear of losing everything.
Leader of the Pack
While the basic structure of Wolf Pack will be familiar to those that have played the other Untamed games, the real charm of this game is in the details. The Running Wilds feature may be the best version of the free spins game in any of the Untamed pokies, as the last few spins feature reels that are loaded with wilds across the entire screen.
We also love the fresh new landscapes in this game, as northern forests and mountains were definitely different than the jungles and bamboo forests of the first two Untamed games (though those are definitely strikingly beautiful as well).
Chances are that everyone will have their own favourite among the Untamed games, based on which animals speak to them the most (or which bonus rounds they enjoy). While we can’t say for certain which game you’ll like best, we can definitely tell you that Untamed: Wolf Pack is a worthy addition to this line of real money pokies, and that it’s worth trying out if you’ve enjoyed the other games in this series.