Wolf Run is a five -reel video slot brought to you by IGT, and is considered a classic when it comes to online slot games. While some love its simplicity and back-to-basics approach, others criticize it for being too barebones with nothing unique to its name.
It has been well over a decade since Wolf Run was released. As of today, it might seem like a plain and bland slot which does not offer anything revolutionary. However, at the time, Wolf Run was hugely successful. It initially grabbed attention for having been developed by the only female developer at IGT. It was such a favorite amongst players that a physical slot machine version was developed and installed at several land based casinos.
However, if you have played a lot of modern online slots, then you might really miss the auto play and quick spin features that we have all gotten accustomed to.
As soon as the game loads up – which takes nearly a whole minute – you are greeted by Oriental sounding music. The backdrop over which the reels are set, is a thick forest that is reminiscent of Alaskan landscape.
In terms of the game play, the game can test your patience if you are used to playing with quick spin or auto spin. But if you like to take your time and actually enjoy the process of spinning the reels on a slot machine, then Wolf Run could be right up your alley.
On the top of the reel set you have three buttons – the paytable, game rules and an option to switch the audio on and off.
The reel set has symbols such as the 10, Q, J, a bonus symbol that is denoted by a wolf’s paw print, and the silhouette of a wolf howling with the full moon behind it. Other symbols include a fully white-coated wolf and a black/white coated wolf. The wild symbol can be used in place of any other symbol to create a winning payline, except for the bonus symbol.
The lower part of the screen has the actual interface that you will use to play this slot. You can choose the number of paylines – it can be 1, 5, 10, 20, 30 or 40. You need to then choose your line bet amount, the total bet amount and click on the spin button in the middle. The paylines pay left to right.
If you have the audio on, every click of the buttons is accompanied by what sounds like a gun shot, and we can’t wrap our head around why the developer would do that.
Wolf Run is a low–medium variance slot. It has a return to player percentage between 93% - 95%. Therefore, Wolf Run effectively pays back $95 of every $100 wagered on it over the course of time.
If you are only looking for a game which is more frequently paying, then you might want to look elsewhere. But if you are here for the wolves and the bonus rounds that Wolf Run offers, then you should know that the maximum jackpot is 1000 coins.
The maximum win on any transaction including the results of the free spins bonus, plus the outcome which launched the bonus, is capped at 9999999999.0
If you land at least 3 bonus symbols on any of the three middle reels (it could be in any position), it triggers the free spins bonus.
At this time, you are awarded five free spins. What’s more? During the free spin’s rounds, your chances of landing winning paylines are even higher than in the usual base game. It is even possible to re-trigger another free spins bonus round while you are already playing with free spins. If you land 3 bonus symbols anywhere on reels 2,3 and 4 when you are in the free spins round, you re-trigger the free spins bonus and can get a maximum of 225 free spins in a single bonus.
The bet per line in the bonus is the same as the bet per line on the reel spin that triggered the bonus.
The stacked wild feature is when every single reel in the base game is filled with groups of four or more consecutive wild symbols.
If you happen to get the stacked wilds feature in the free spins round, then the stacked wilds feature is going to be richer and more plentiful.
IGT’s Wolf Run is not one of the latest online casino slots by any stretch of the imagination. Despite its age, this slot plays surprisingly well on mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets.
You may notice that the background and the graphics are a little pixelated when you play on a tablet. However, if you can look past that, then the game runs perfectly smooth on mobile devices and is compatible with iOS or Android operating systems.
We recommend playing in landscape mode if you use a smartphone. This gives the game more real estate to spread out and makes it easier to touch the controls and interact with the game for the player.
If you want a high RTP game which offers high variance and is full of modern features and bonus rounds, then Wolf Run is not going to tickle your taste buds. However, if you love original slot machines for their simplicity then Wolf Run is right up your alley.
It is safe to say that it is one of the only online slots from over ten years ago which is still relevant and popular today.