3 Buzzing Wilds Slot Review 2024

Summer is upon us and nature’s servants are hard at work in Pragmatic Play’s latest release, 3 Buzzing Wilds!

Suns out, creepy crawlies are about! With summer in full swing, the bees are busy collecting nectar and pollen, caterpillars are out scavenging, and butterflies are pollinating plants.

Pragmatic Play has chosen nature’s servants once again as the theme for their latest release, where 3 special Wilds are the main source of entertainment in the base game. Once you’ve got a taste of these, you can see a lot more of them in the Free Spins round, where you will get to choose your favourite.

Sticky Bees left us buzzing for more, but will 3 Buzzing Wilds scratch that itch? Let’s play on and find out!

3 Buzzing Wilds Base Game

3 Buzzing Wilds Base Game and Features

3 Buzzing Wilds is a 5-reel slot with 20 fixed pay lines. Winning combinations are formed when 3 or more of the same symbols land from left to right, starting from the leftmost reel.

The minimum bet available here is £.€0.20 per spin and the maximum bet available is £.€100 per spin, with plenty of other options in between the two. This game has a theoretical RTP of 96.03% and a max win cap of 5,000x.

In terms of symbols, the highest-paying regular symbol here is the Bee, followed by the Ladybug, Caterpillar, and Butterfly. Low-paying symbols are standard Ace, King, Queen, and Jack. Wilds substitute for all symbols except Scatters.

Game Provider Pragmatic Play
Maximum Bet 100
Maximum Win 5,000x
Paylines 20
Release Date 13/07/2023
RTP 96.03%
Mechanics Video Slot
Volatility High
Reels 5
Minimum Bet 0.20

Special Wilds

During any random spin in the base game, 1 of 3 Special Wilds can trigger, awarding the following.

  • Random Wilds – A number of Wild symbols are placed across the reels, in random positions.
  • Expanding Wilds – Any Wild symbols in view will expand to fill the entire reel Vertically.
  • Surrounding Wilds – When a Wild symbol is in view, all positions surrounding it will also transform into Wilds.

3 Buzzing Wilds Free Spins Options

3 Buzzing Wilds Free Spins

Landing 3, 4, or 5 Scatters across the reels during the base game automatically triggers the Free Spins round. Once triggered, you will be met with 3 Free Spins options to choose from as follows.

  • Random Wilds – Awards 10 Free Spins. On every spin, a number of Wilds can be added to the reels in random positions. All Wild symbols added will remain in their position for the duration of Free Spins.
  • Expanding Wilds – Awards 8 Free Spins. Any Wild symbols that land during this time will expand to fill the entire reel they are on, remaining on the reels for the duration of Free Spins.
  • Surrounding Wilds – Awards 6 Free Spins. Each Wild symbol that lands will have all adjacent positions around it transformed into Wilds. All surrounding and additional Wilds will remain on the reels for the duration of Free Spins.

All of the above Free Spins rounds cannot be retriggered during this time.

3 Buzzing Wilds Free Spins

3 Buzzing Wilds Bonus Buy

Those outside the UK will benefit from a Bonus Buy option. Pragmatic Play has granted players access to the Free Spins round for a total cost of 100x your bet. (RTP 95.99%- 96.02%)

3 Buzzing Wilds: Our Verdict

Our first impressions of 3 Buzzing Wilds weren’t great, but we know you should never judge a book by its cover. 3 Buzzing Wilds is a colourful slot with an appealing animated backdrop and adorable bug symbols, but it doesn’t quite draw you in at first.

Things take a surprising turn during gameplay, where up to 3 Special Wilds can trigger at random in the base game. All 3 Special Wilds jazz up the base game in their own way, giving you a taste of what’s yet to come in the Free Spins round.

All 3 Special Wilds keep your balance topped up at the same time as keeping your attention where it needs to be. This feature only improves during Free Spins, where all Wild symbols, regardless of which Free Spins round you choose, become Sticky for the entire round.

The Random Wilds round is a little reminiscent of The Dog House Megaways‘ Raining Wilds round, but not entirely the same. Each of the 3 options offers a different amount of Free Spins, and it’s clear which one is the highest in Volatility just from this.

Pragmatic Play has chosen to stick with their safety net of 5,000x in terms of max win capabilities. Some may have hoped for more, but we feel that this is sufficient enough for the average player.

All in all, 3 Buzzing Wilds doesn’t shine quite as bright as Sticky Bees, but it’s not a bad offering from a Provider that has already given us so much.