The wombat says: Ants. Now as a wombat you’d probably think I’d like sniffling around under tree trunks and getting a big old mouthful of tasty chewy ants. But actually, you’d be very wrong, as it’s those big nosed aadvarks that like sucking up ants you big galahs! Anyway, to the game; Wild Antics from Blueprint Games takes the insect theme and runs with it.
This game is bright and cheerful- we’re in Neon Jungle slot machine territory here, which should put you in a good mood!
Set deep in the grassy landscape of someone’s back garden these cartoon ants do what they can to help you win some big jackpots while keeping the peace in their own colony. This game has heaps (and we mean heaps) of bonus features, free spins and off-reels rounds, which will keep even the most seasoned of Slot Fans thoroughly entertained.
So get stuck in! Cute animals on spinning reels? We have them covered! (Try the Big Break slot machine for surfing monkeys as well).
You want pigs? Well you’d better head over to the Piggy Riches slot then.
Look and Feel
Wild Antics slot is very colourful and beautifully designed, with exceptionally detailed graphics. It’s got that super cute feel about it like the Babushkas slot and Foxin’ Wins.
Remember the Pixar movie A Bug’s Life? Well there’s more than a few similarities in this game’s animated design – which is just fine by us.
The reels are set background in a leafy wooded area with plenty of tree trunks for the ants and their creepy crawly chums to hide, and it’s a whole variety of these cute bugs that make up your symbols. No, we really can’t fault the graphics, and our favourite touch is the ants playing a round golf in the grass!
Wild Antics slot is a 5-reel with 20 fixed paylines, and yes, you guessed it it’s ALL about the Wilds Wombat fans. Your symbols on the reels include: a crossed eyed snail, a cheerful ladybug and a slightly manic-looking caterpillar, plus the usual playing card symbols, 10,J,Q,K,A, and the Blue Ant base game Wild.
This fun-packed Wild is call Adam, and substitutes for all other symbols (except for the the 4 Free Spin Bonus symbols, and the standard Bonus symbol). But more on that next…
Free Spins Bonuses
There are 4, that’s right, 4 Free Spin features in this game and they are all to do with the wonderful and wacky Wilds. So, here’s what they do and how to get ’em:
Worker Ant Bonus Landing a Bonus symbol on reels 1 and 3, and the Worker Ant symbol on reel 5 will set off Worker Ant Free Spins bonus. When any of Worker Wild symbols lands on the reels they’ll substitute as usual, and then roam across your reels into a new position. The madness will only end when the Free Spins are over, and can’t be retriggered.
Soldier Ant Bonus Get a Bonus symbol on both reels 1 and 3, plus a Soldier Ant symbol on reel 5 and your spins begin. The Soldier Ant Wilds also roam on the reels, but, if two Wilds land on the same spot during their travels, you’ll win a multiplier ranging from x2 to x5.
Colonel Ant Bonus If you land 2 Bonus symbols on reels 1 and 3 along with the Colonel Ant symbol on reel 5, you’ll trigger the Colonel Ant Free Spin Bonus round. Your spins are played on a new set of reels that have 40 paylines, 4 rows and 5 reels. As well as being Roaming Wilds, when 2 of these Wilds collide they’ll come together to make a full reel of Wilds. Whoooooaaa!
Queen Ant Bonus Find 2 bonus symbols on reels 1 and 3 and the Queen Ant symbol on reel 5, and you’ll trigger the Queen Ant Free Spins Bonus.
Also played on a 4×5 reel with 40 paylines, during this round the Queen Aunt Wild becomes massive and constantly roams the reels during bonus spins. The Queen Ant Symbol also acts as an Extra Wild can expand and occupy as many as 12 reel spots.
Jet Pack Antics Feature
What the devil are these I hear you ask? Well, during the intro before the game begins, you’ll find 3 Ants wearing goggles and jet packs – and underneath you’ll read: ‘Jet Pack Antics! Randomly during any spin, Adam the ant can appear and cause some crazy antics.’
Pick which bonus you want to play during the slot by clicking on an ant, and you’ll then be taken to the main game. You can choose from:
Wild Antics Here, random symbols on your reels are turned into the Wild Antic Symbols by some helpful ants to scoop you more wins.
Aardvark Antics The hungry (and pretty dopey) aardvark chases Adam ant across your screen, but gets an anvil on the head instead of his dinner. Stars float from his bump onto the reels and randomly turn symbols into Wilds. The number of paylines is doubled, too. Excellent!
Frantic Antics After a spin, Adam the Ant blows a whistle, and his chums will appear next to each symbol, jumbling them up to create a winning spin. If Adam toots his whistle again, the Ants will repeat their Frantic Antics to try and scoop you another combo. When the Aardvark appears, the round is over.
Colossal Antics If you picked this bonus, you’ll see a load of ants march onscreen carrying Colossal Wild symbols which they’ll place on the reels. Once the reels stop spinning, the Colossal Wilds will help make up payline combos.
Mobile Wild Antics
I love to play a slot on my mobile, and so I am happy to report that Wild Antics looks great on smaller screens.
Phew! This is one complicated game. But all the extra symbols really stack up in your money box, so make like an aardvark, take a deep breath and hoover up those ants!