The Wild Drifter Review
The Wild Drifter unleashes a slightly confusing premise in that the sheriff is actually the Wild symbol and does the drifting across the screen. However, there is a bandit symbol that pays 1.60x for a group of five and this would have been the obvious choice for a drifter, in my opinion. This chap neither drifts or acts particularly wild—a bit of a swing and a miss.
You get the obligatory rootin’ tootin’ Wild West theme tune to keep you safe and entertained as you make your way through this one-horse town. There are various animated elements with winning symbols receiving a flashy outline and that Wild symbol constantly firing bullets into the air. There isn't the same intricacy involved as with some other slots in this niche but it does a nice enough job all the same. One extra positive that it does have going for it is that all of the above looks good on mobile devices too.
The Base game is quite interesting thanks to the WinMulti Multiplier which builds up the excitement as you wait for a winning spin to land. Unfortunately, when that win does land and receives a hefty multiplier, you realise just how small the regular payouts are. Making your way into the bonus round is a little anticlimactic with only five free plays coming your way and there's no guarantee that that the Wild symbol will have any effect. It starts on the fifth reel and as we all know, it's far more beneficial when it's over on the left-hand side.
There is an extremely generous 42.53% hit rate and you can't argue with how frequently these wins will land. But at the risk of harking back to my previous whinge about the small payouts, this high hit frequency is, again, only possible due to these low prizes—unless the developer wanted to create an extremely generous slot.
There is a surprisingly high max 20,000x win and I have no idea how you're going to reach it or how long you're going to need to play for but apparently, it is possible. The volatility is only medium and this also makes me think that such a huge run of wins isn't going to all come at once. Some strange stats for a strange game.
As soon as I laid eyes on the win Multi Multiplier I had a little pang of excitement as I very rarely come across games that reward losing spins. But you know what I'm going to say about the low wins, so I'll save my breath! It had so much promise but I felt a little short-changed. There are many other Wild West games out there that will not only help you fill your boots but also put a spring in your step at the same time. Just take a look at Money Train Origins Dream Drop if you don't believe me!