All aboard the jackpot train on Wild Rails of fortune, with a superbly designed railway themed slot released by Play ’N Go. The highlight of this 5 reel, 30 pay line title is the bonus round, awarding free spins whenever a Wild Train hits the reels. You won’t find many better slot games than Wild Rails. The theme is set against a mountain and valley backdrop, with the symbols appearing on a quartet, or on railway lines that span across the void. Joining the low-value playing cards, there is a quartet of glamorous passengers. Utilising the 5-reels and 30 fixed pay lines, the design of the reels is slightly unorthodox, as instead of spinning vertically, they move along horizontally across your screen. The slot game can deliver enough wilds to cover the whole screen and a free spins round where you can count on wild trains to appear on every spin. Playable on all devices from 30 pence to 90 per spin, it comes with an industry standard RTP setting of 96.53% that, keep in mind, can be lower in specific markets. The visual design is quite charming, and the atmosphere it creates is energetic.
The best of the standard game symbols is the woman in a 1920s style outfit. She can gift you 1.5x, 7.5x or 20x your activating stake if you land 3, 4 or 5 on any of the pay lines. The backdrop looks like a four-level railway bridge, the reels are set within a gorge, connecting two mountain sides from which you’ll see train carriages appear carrying the symbols. With an almost steampunk feel, symbols include lower-value A to 10 royals as well as four distinguished travellers. The most rewarding is the lady holding the handheld fan giving you 20 times your stake for 5 of a kind. There is a wild symbol as well that is of central importance in the game and which will give you 30 times your total if you manage to land a full line of them.
On every base game spin, Wild Trains have a chance to be randomly activated. Up to 4 Wild Trains can stop on the reels and can bring with it up to five Wilds. Essentially, this is the equivalent of fully stacked wild reels. Land a full screen of wilds in the base game and you can pocket 900x your total stake. The train carriage wild replaces everything except the scatter and pays 2x, 8x or 30x your bet if you get 3, 4 or 5 in combination. With any spin, a train of wilds can appear on any row and in the process add up to five wilds, called the Wild Trains feature.
The Free Spins can be activated by landing 3, 4 or 5 Golden Train scatters on the same spin. You will then receive 5, 7 or 10 free spins, and you are virtually guaranteed to land at least one of them on each free spin. Every time you collect three scatters, an extra wild train gets activated, and when the second and third Wild Trains are live, one additional free spin is added to your total tally. If you are lucky enough to activate the final fourth wild train, you’ll get 3 extra free spins.
Like most slots by Play ’N Go, Wild Rails is an extremely volatile offering. The best chances of a good payout arise during the bonus features. If you manage to get the extra wilds trains running, then some top action is possible. The Victorian-style design in Wild Rails is impressively done. Wild Rails turns out to be one of the more unique creations to roll off the Swedes production line as of recent. Wild Rails has a time-bending free spins feature, which is the star of the show here, but its unique presentation, well-balanced action and overall entertaining gameplay go a long way in supporting a base game that, like in most other high variance slots, can be a bit of a grind at times. With that said, it’s still a rather typical Play’n GO slot in terms of volatility, max win and RTP, which means experienced players are likely to recognise some of the patterns. Wild Rails comes together very well, and the overall production is of high quality. The key to winning big here is to collect as many scatter symbols as possible during the free spins round. Unlock all four wild trains, and you could potentially end up with a full screen of wilds on all your remaining spins.