The Wild 3 is a 5 reel, 10 payline slot from NextGen Gaming which has a Western theme. Playable from 10p to £200 a spin on all devices, this is NextGen Gaming’s first slot with collectible in-game achievements – it comes with varied wild reels modifiers in each SuperBet level and a Free Games feature where wilds are sticky on the middle reel. You can win up to 25,020 times your stake on every spin!

The Wild 3 is set in the Wild West where the Great Gold Rush took place as prospectors, settlers and ranchers headed West chasing a dream. In takes place in Peaceville which has been bled dry by the villainous Voltimer Vulture – 3 heroes, El Loco, Five Star and T-Bone, rise up against the injustice.

Visually, I must say that The Wild 3 looks amazing. Symbols on the reels include cacti, dynamite sticks, cactus flowers, purple cacti, tall cacti, money bags, gold bullions, safes, banks and vultures. The latter is the most rewarding giving you 25 times your stake for 5 on a payline.

When it comes to wild symbols, The Wild 3 has 3 (hence the slot’s name) – the Wild Racoon, the Wild Bull and the Wild Coyote. They substitute for all symbols except for each other and the scatters. Each of them gives you a wild feature – here’s what to expect:

  • Wild Racoon feature – if a Wild Racoon appears on the middle reel, it can randomly replace non-wild symbols on the reels with Wild Racoon symbols. If 2 Bonus symbols appear on the reels and either/both are replaced by Wild Racoon symbols, you’ll still get a scatter win.
  • Wild Coyote feature – if a Wild Coyote symbol appears on reel 3, all cactus symbols (purple, green, tall cactus) on the reels will transform into Wild Coyote symbols.
  • Wild Bull feature – if a Wild Bull symbol appears anywhere on the central reel, all wins where a wild is involved will be subject to a multiplier of 2x, 3x, 5x or 10x.

Now, all 3 wild features can trigger simultaneously on the same base game spin – if the Wild Coyote and Wild Racoon features are triggered at the same time, the Wild Coyote feature is activated first. If you get more than 1 wild on the middle reel, only 1 instance is implemented.

The Wild 3 comes with a Lock ‘N’ Load Respins feature – this comes into play when the Bonus symbol (the wanted poster) appears on reels 2 and 4 without any wild appearing on reel 3. Reels 2 and 4 are held with reel 3 re-spinning up to 3 times. If a wild appears, the Free Games feature is triggered.

Once in the Free Games feature (which can be played when you get the Bonus symbol on reels 2 and 4 as well as a wild on reel 3 on the same spin), you will get 5 free spins. The wild symbol(s) on reel 3 from the triggering spin are held throughout the feature too.

During the feature, any wild landing on reel 3 is also held. Each new wild symbol that becomes held on reel 3 also gives you an extra free spin – furthermore, each Bonus symbol appearing during the feature will also give you an additional free spin. Any of the 3 wild features can also come into play meaning a wild multiplier up to 10x can be applied.

Now, The Wild 3 comes with the SuperBet feature which can be found in many NextGen Gaming slots – this is an additional wager to give you enhancements. There are 3 levels:

  • Level 0 – play from 10p to £100 per spin: the Wild Racoon appears on reel 3
  • Level 1 – play from 15p to £150 per spin: the Wild Racoon and Wild Coyote appear on reel 3
  • Level 2 – play from 20p to £200 per spin: the Wild Racoon, Wild Coyote and Wild Bull appear on reel 3

Basically, the SuperBet level you play at determines what wild features you can come into play in the base game.

The Wild 3 comes with Missions with a random set of 3 missions generated. For example, you are set the mission of achieving a 25 times stake win from a single spin, triggering the Free Games feature or Lock ‘N’ Load Respins feature. You can also trigger 1 of the 3 Wild 3 features, a high 5 of a kind win, a low 5 of a kind win, spin 100 times or accrue 20 winning spins.

When a mission set is complete, the Rob the Rich feature is triggered – you will come across 15 money bags on the screen from which you need to pick 3. Each pick will give you a cash prize, a mystery symbol or 2 more picks. If you reveal a mystery symbol, you will win a cash prize of between 5 and 100 times your stake.

There’s a lot going on in The Wild 3 but it’s fairly straightforward once you get spinning the reels – I recommend using the SuperBet feature as it gives you access to 2 more wild features in the base game. I particularly like the Wild Bull feature as a multiplier up to 10x can be applied to your winnings.

The Wild 3 is a highly volatile slot from NextGen Gaming that offers payouts of 25,020 times your stake on each spin/free spin so big rewards are available – you need to tread carefully though as the game could eat up your bankroll pretty quickly.

Overall, a superb slot from NextGen Gaming where you’ll hopefully saddle up for a wild adventure for plenty of big wins. If you like the Wild West theme, I suggest you try NetEnt’s Dead or Alive which is simpler but equally volatile.