Better Wilds Slot Review

A classic fruit machine with a wild twist is what you’ll find in the Better Wilds slot. Created by Playtech, it’s a 5 reel, 20 payline game that has the look of an old school fruity. The big addition is the Special Wild symbol. When this lands on reels 3, 4 or 5 you’ll be awarded a series of respins with the wild shifting 1 reel to the left and expanding by 1 symbol position on each of them until it drops of the reels. Find out if these new jokers live up to their name in our in-depth Better Wilds review.

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Better Wilds Slot RTP, Details & Wager Limits

The Better Wilds slot comes with 5 reels, 4 rows and 20 paylines. With all wins paying from left to right, you need matching symbols across any of the paylines beginning from reel 1 (the one on the far left).

Stake levels in Better Wilds start at 5p per spin for microstakes players. These rise to an enormous maximum wager of £2,500 per spin for the mega high rollers of the world. You can set between 5 and 100 spins by clicking on the autoplay tab above the spin button. the autoplay can also be set until you trigger the Special Wilds. You can end autoplay whenever you wish by clicking on the Stop Autoplay tab.

The Better Wilds RTP is 96.42% which is a pretty good number and certainly than most slots. Low to medium variance, the max win is 500 x your total stake per spin.

Theme – Audio & Design Features – retro style fruit machine

Better Wilds slot base game

With a retro theme, there’s a fresh, modern feel to the design of the Better Wilds slot. Visually, it’s simple but rather impressively done.

The imagery is glossy, shiny and very bright. That’s matched by the bouncy electro-style backing track which sounds like it could straight from a TV gameshow. There’s not a huge amount a developer can do to pep up the design of a classic fruit machine-style slot but Playtech has made a pretty decent stab of it in Better Wilds.

The deep blue reels feature brightly coloured A to J royals as well as cherries, single, double and treble bars and a bell. The most rewarding symbol is the lucky 7. This pays up to 20 x your total stake per payline.

The standard gold wild symbol can land on all 5 reels. As per usual, it substitutes for all the normal symbols when it forms part of a winning combination. Land 2, 3, 4 or 5 wilds on a payline for an award equal to 0.2, 1, 10 or 20 times your total stake.

Better Wilds is available to play on all devices including desktop, tablet and mobile. The Better Wilds mobile slot works very nicely in fact. The bright, bold visuals make the small screen experience a pleasant one. The super simple gameplay is also well suited to mobile play. You won’t lose anything by playing Better Wilds on a small-screen device.

Bonus Features in Better Wilds

On first view, the Better Wilds slot has the look of a brick and mortar casino fruit machine. That’s pretty much the case with the straightforward gameplay too. There’s one big exception though, the Special Wilds, which can really shake things up.

Special Wilds feature

Better Wilds slot Special Wilds feature

Appearing on reels 3, 4 and 5 only is the green gemstone which is the Special Wild symbol. Whenever one of these symbols land it triggers the Special Wilds feature.

A respin is awarded with the Special Wild shifting 1 reel to the left. It also increases in height by 1 row. The process is repeated with the Special Wild moving 1 reel to the left and expanding by 1 row each time until it drops of the screen.

Land a Special Wild on reel 4 for example and it would shift to reel 3 and expand to 2 symbols high, then shift to reel 2 and expand to 3 symbols high before shifting to reel 1 when it expands to fill the whole of the reel. It’s possible to land multiple Special Wilds on the same standard spin or on a respin.

Better Wilds Review Summary – not much variety but fine for classic fruity fans 

If you’re looking for a game that offers variety and plenty of features, look elsewhere. The Better Wilds slot won’t be one for you.

If, on the other hand, you’re a fan of classic fruit machines, Better Wilds should be much more to your liking. That’s certainly the case if you like a little twist thrown in. It reminds me a little of the Starburst slot by NetEnt where you get respins with the wilds in place. Here though, it expands and shifts reels.

Putting ‘better anything’ in the name of a slot is always something of a hostage to fortune. It works well enough in Better Wilds though as the Special Wilds can live up to their name. The gameplay might be a bit on the repetitive side for some but if you like retro action, you’ll find that here.

Better Wilds FAQs

What is the Better Wilds RTP?

The Better Wilds slot has a return to player rate of 96.46% which compares favourably to many other slots (average around 96%). The variance is low to medium meaning your balance should last a pretty long time.

What is the Better Wilds max win?

The biggest possible payout per spin is 500 x your total stake. This can be won by filling the reels with the lucky red 7 symbol and/or wilds.

Does Better Wilds come with free spins?

No, there’s are no free spins but there’s a Special Wilds feature which is played when a Special Wild symbol lands on reels 3, 4 or 5. The Special Wild shifts 1 reel to the left with each respin and expands in height by 1. The respins continue until the Special Wild drops off reel 1. You can land multiple Special Wilds on the same spin or respin.

Is there a Better Wilds mobile slot?

Yes. Playtech produce all slots using HTML5 technology so Better Wilds can be played on mobile, tablet and desktop devices, if they use iOS, Android or Windows technology.

Better Wilds Slot Information

  • Game:
    Better Wilds
  • Provider:
    Playtech
  • Type:
    Video Slot
  • Reels:
    5
  • Paylines:
    20
  • Stakes Range:
    5p to £2,500
  • Bonus Features:
    Yes (1)
  • Free Spins/Multiplier:
    NA/NA
  • RTP %:
    96.42%
  • Max Win:
    500 x
Review by Chris Taylor

Review by Chris Taylor

Chris is a slots expert that has reviewed and played over 4,000 online slots. Having being in the iGaming industry for over 16 years, he knows how slots work, how bonus features are triggered and how the RTP and variance affect the gameplay.