After heading to the African desert for the original Wild Gambler, developer Ash Gaming has travelled to the frozen north for Wild Gambler Arctic Adventure. It’s another animal-themed title, with 5 reels and 20 paylines, that comes with free spins and the innovative Lock and Spin feature that allows you to manually lock wilds into place. Head to the pole from 20p to £200 a spin.
Just like the original, Wild Gambler is a visual treat – the brightly-coloured graphics are extremely sharp and stand out nicely against the polar backdrop. The reels feature an array of cartoon-style creatures including a walrus, moose and penguin (even though they’re only found at the South Pole!). The playing card symbols are all carved out of blocks of ice.
The Polar Bear acts as the games wild and is the most important symbol on show. Find 5 in a payline and a 1,000 coin jackpot awaits. Whenever a polar bear wild appears on the reels, you’ll have the chance to freeze it in place using the lock and spin feature. You can also boost the multiplier on offer from the wild too up to 5x.
Nothing in life comes for free so the saying goes and the locked wilds come at a price. The more wilds locked onto the reels and the bigger the multiplier you opt for the bigger the cost of the spin.
It’s also possible to turn non-Polar Bear symbols into wilds. – just click on the symbol you want to turn wild. Once again you’ll pay for the privilege with the more wilds you choose, the bigger the stake you’ll have to pay.
Wild Gambler Arctic Adventure also comes with a Free Games feature which is triggered when 3 or more free spin scatters appear anywhere on the reels. Three award 7 free spins, four offer 12 and five give 20 free spins. Any wilds and multipliers that appear during the triggering spins will be locked in place for the duration of the bonus, as will any wilds that hit during the feature.
The Lock and Spin options take a little getting used to so we recommend trying this game in practice mode before shelling out your hard earned. It does inject a nice level of interaction into the game which is certainly something in its favour. The free spins can also be a winner too, especially if you hit a couple of wilds on the triggering spin.
Wild Gambler Arctic Adventure certainly offers something different. If you want a slot that offers a bit more than just clicking autoplay then you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. I couldn’t see much different from the original game other than the theme and more free spins in the feature (which is a good thing). However, if you like arctic-themed slots, Lucky Angler by NetEnt is very good.