UnPhiltered Slot Review: Wild Energy by Booming Games
For the first time on this series, we delve into a new slot by a non-top-5 provider. Booming Games have been live on our sites for many years, but I think they will even admit the quality of older releases is not… great. Some games are solid enough, but there was a lot of filler and not enough killer (I need to listen to Sum41 for a bit now). So, is this game as similar to Danger High Voltage as I feel by the name and look, or do we have a new game on our hands?
Good news first, its original (Like a girl from high school who wears something one day that no-one has seen before. We had a girl called Katie who did this, damn she was cool). I don’t remember a game in any way similar to this from any provider. Its confusing, games without Freespin features usually are with their random respins and special symbols, but its not so confusing that you can’t play it. It has some good potential, with 5,000x max win.
Negatives… there are a few. I hate the overlay on the games, its spin button is annoyingly large, and the paytable and information could be clearer. My main issue is the graphics. It’s not a pretty game, not even close, but there is a blandness to the game that you don’t feel with DHV or similarly styled games. The card symbols feel like they are designed by the same company who made the graphics for the Arnie movie “The Running Man”.
Bonus Round – There isn’t one! But it does have features all over the place. I found 4 features possible to be trigged with a reel hit or at random. I’m not a fan of a game with just random features, it doesn’t feel as “true” as a game where scatters can land, but that’s personal so I can’t judge too harshly for that. You can land a respin symbol on reels 2 and 5 which triggers a wild respin event. The reels expand to 7×4 (nice!) and reels 1 4 and 7 locks as full wilds and a respin occurs. You can land extra respin symbols on the last reel and keep it going, to amass some good hits. In the base game, the middle 4 reels can randomly turn wild, or wild with a 2x multiplier. No respins though from this just a base game hit. A Bursting wild can land at random on reels 3 or 4 and spread (or burst) on to the 1 or 2 adjacent reels to it. And finally, random wilds can rain down on you anywhere on the reels at any time. Its got some features that’s for sure, but I think a bonus round in this game similar to tombstone’s bounty spins would have turned this game into a classic.
Score – Well the game is fun. That‘s important. You can win a lot and it does like to throw in the features so the game isn’t boring. The graphics and design are average, but the game has good potential. At school, I was told I had the most potential in my class and I ended up writing this, so potential isn’t everything. I was also told to “pay attention” and “Katie is not for touching” but rebels will be rebels. The game is decent, playing it is fun, it’s not a classic as it’s missing a big bonus round and some graphics, but it’s not a game you can just cast aside. It’s better than what some premium content providers are putting out. With a good bonus and graphics this could be a 10/10 game, it needs more thought and I hope a followup draws from this, but its a solid release.