Wild beasts on the American plains are the stars of Buffalo Spirit, a 5 reel, 30 payline slot powered by WMS. This animal adventure comes with standard and replicating wilds and a bonus round where you can win up to 80 free spins. Play this land based favourite from between 30p and £90 per spin.

The design in Buffalo Spirit is pretty basic – set against a night time desert scene the reels include playing card suit symbols as well as a selection of wild creatures. You’ll see a cactus and wild flower that pay up to 100 coins and a snake and a lizard which pay up to 150x. Next come the eagle, owl and fox which pay 200 coins if you land 5 on a payline.

The best paying symbol is the standard wild which can land on reels 1, 2, 4 and 5 and offer awards of 50, 200 or 500 coins. To make that 5 in a line combo, you’ll need to land the special Buffalo wild which can land on the middle reel only. This buffalo wild is also central to 1 of the game’s pair of features.

Replicating Wild feature – this bonus is triggered whenever the Buffalo wild lands anywhere on reel 3. You’ll hear a few grunts from the buffalo which will then fire out a selection of tiny orbs across the reels and turn a random selection of symbols into wilds. A new payout is then made with all of the new wilds in position.

Free Spins feature – the second feature is a free spins round which is triggered by landing 3, 4 or 5 of the scatter anywhere on the reels on the same spin. You can then look forward to 10, 20 or 40 free spins. All payouts during the free spins round are doubled. It’s possible to re-trigger more free spins here too with up to 80 free spins possible. You can also land the Replicating Wilds feature during the free spins.

Buffalo Spirit is a simple game – the design is pretty basic and the soundtrack is generic. The same goes for the gameplay. Expect to see the replicating wilds at regular intervals though which certainly helps make the base game more interesting. In fact, without those replicating wilds, this would be a pretty boring game. As it is, Buffalo Spirit is a solid, if a little unspectacular, slot and typical of a WMS release. If you like the theme, Playtech’s Buffalo Blitz is recommended.