Wonder Hounds is a NextGen Gaming powered slot with 5 reels and 25 paylines. Playable from 25p to £250 a spin on all devices, this game is based on the Year of the Dog as you join Jinse, Ace and Winchester to celebrate the Chinese New Year celebrations. This light-hearted game has a free spins feature where you benefit from up to 15 sticky wilds as well as 1 Wonderhound per reel turning wild.

Visually, Wonder Hounds is set in a nice park and has cartoon style graphics – on the reels, you will see A, K, Q, J and 10 playing cards, dog bones and dog bowls. You also have the 3 hounds – Jinse, Ace and Winchester. Ace is the highest value dog giving you 14 times your stake for 5 across a payline. There’s also a wild that replaces all symbols bar the scatter and gives you 16 times your stake for 5 in combination.

When it comes to bonus features, Wonder Hounds has 2 – first up is the Wonderhounds Gone Wild feature which is triggered randomly in the base game. After a spin has taken place in the base game, 1 or more Wonderhounds may transform into a wild – 1 Wonderhound can turn wild per wild resulting in good wins hopefully.

Wonder Hounds is all about the Free Games feature – this is played when you get 3 paw prints scatters anywhere on the reels. 3, 4 or 5 scatters will give you 4, 15 or 100 times your stake as well as 8, 12 or 15 free spins respectively. Now, between 1 and 15 wilds are randomly added to the reels at the beginning of the feature – these wilds remain sticky for the duration of the feature!

Furthermore, any wild symbol appearing during the feature will also remain held – this can result in many sticky wilds on the reels which can lead to huge wins. Despite its cutesy feel, Wonder Hounds is a medium to high variance game with the potential to win up to 6,000 times your stake on every free spin!

I quite like Wonder Hounds – it’s simple, has smooth and slick graphics and has a killer bonus feature. The key to winning big is to get lots of sticky wilds initially and plenty more landing during the feature. You just need to be patient – once in though, you’ll be barking for more! If you like dogs, NetEnt’s Diamond Dogs is recommended.