The Wild Drifter

by ReelPlay

What would you say if I offered you a Progressive Multiplier increase for every time a spin did not land you a win? Well, that's exactly what's on offer here with The Wild Drifter. At the end of this potentially exciting adventure awaits a 20,000x max win as well as stepping Wilds and a few free spins thrown into the mix.

Slot information

RTP: 95.85%
Volatility: Medium
Max Payout: 20,000x stake
Reels: 5
Paylines: 25
Jackpot: No
Min Bet: 0.25
Max Bet: 12.50
Themes: Action, Wild West
Release Date: 30th Nov 2023

Our rating

“ A gun-slinging, multiplying adventure ”

3.7 out of 5

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Design
Gameplay
Win potential

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The Wild Drifter Screenshots

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The Wild Drifter Features

You can't help but get excited when you see the WinMulti Multiplier staring you in the face! This fantastic mechanic has the potential to be very beneficial for your balance and also adds a little extra excitement.

The above feature relies on a non-winning spin and that means that you don't collect a group of symbols across any of the 25 pay lines. For each spin that you fail to land a win, the Multiplier increases by +1. This keeps going until you eventually land a win and then the Multiplier is applied.

Unfortunately, this extra treat is possible because the regular paying symbols are quite measly. I was expecting to see some huge wins but unfortunately, the Royal symbols pay out a lowly 0.60x for a matching group of five and even the highest-paying symbol, the sheriff's badge, is only worth 2x for a group of five. With one hand this game and giveth and with the other it's certainly taketh away.

Wild symbols are the gun-toting sheriff and he can land anywhere he likes in the Base game. During this round, he is a standard single that substitutes for other regular paying symbols. 

Land yourself three Bonus symbols, and you're off to the Free Spins round and the sheriff gets to play the part of The Wild Drifter. Wild symbols now land on the 5th reel and will stretch to cover the whole reel. They step one place to the left with each spin until they are removed from the screen. You only have five spins to work with, so don't expect to see too much prolonged excitement during this Bonus round. One good thing about the Bonus game is that the Multiplier does not reset between winning spins and, naturally, continues to grow throughout losing spins.

The Wild Drifter - WinMulti Multiplier

WinMulti Multiplier

Every non-winning spin can help bring better wins further down the road! The Multiplier increases by +1 for all losing spins and then is applied to your next win.

The Wild Drifter - Free Spins

Free Spins

You get five free plays and the Multiplier won’t reset each time it’s won, unlike in the Base game. Wild symbols cover the entire reel and step 1 place to the left with each spin.

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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.

Design

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.

Gameplay

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.

Win Potential

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.

My Verdict

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!

Paul Clare
Reviewed by Paul Clare Last updated:

Paul spent plenty of time in arcades up and down the UK discovering all of the best fruit machines and watching them grow into the incredible online slots we see today. He still loves the basic format but also has a soft spot for games with big bonus rounds that progress as you play. Immortal Romance is one of his favourite slots of all time.

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