At Stakers we are all about the players. We know that some like the big challenges of high variance games, while others just like to play low variance games for hours. And then there are those in the middle who like the chance to win big, but don't want to lose too much.
This is why every week, we at Stakers tell you what it's really like to play a particular slot, so you can make up your own mind on whether or not it's worth it for you to play.
This week, we decided to review Wild Rails. As always, we played it for two hours, betting one credit per spin. Here's what we found out.
First off, the game is set up with five reels and four rows. So you get an extra row to try to win on. It takes place on four train lines, and the symbols are playing cards and various passengers on the train.
Now, what makes it different from most slots is that the reels spin left to right instead of up and down - in other words, the trains on the tracks move in a certain direction. This gives the game a nice new flair. We wonder why other companies don't try this!
The other big difference is the wilds. They don't appear randomly. Instead, every few spins one train line (meaning, one whole row) is labeled as a wild one. It will spin for longer than the other reels, and at the end it gives you at least two and perhaps as many as five wild cards. And more than one reel can become a wild reel, too. Once we had three entire reels become wild – which led to a decent win.
In fact, all of the wins on the regular spins were decent. And it didn't take that long to land them. This would allow a player to spin the reels for a while, even with a limited bankroll.
That's good, because the free spin feature is surprisingly rare, in our experience. We were playing for well over an hour before we hit it the first time. It happens when you get three train scatters on the reels.
Then you are awarded five free spins – and with each free spin, at least one of the left-to-right rows is wild. This offers a decent chance at a win. And every three wins in the free spin mode delivers extra spins as well. Overall, the two times we landed the free spins mode we earned excellent payouts. It's just a shame they don't happen that often.
This is what has us label Wild Rails a medium to high variance game. You can come upon really good payouts, but you'll have to wait for them. On the other hand, the regular payouts will keep most people playing.
While we don't recommend Wild Rails for people who like low variance games, for those who like a little extra risk and the chance of really good rewards, Wild Rails is the game to suggest.
Overall, we give it 4.5 out of five stars. We can't give it a full five stars because the free spin feature is so hard to activate. The game might have been better if the rewards for free spins were a little bit lower, but they happened more often.
But that's a minor quibble. This is a solid new game. And the left-to-right spinning feature is a nice new touch. We really don't have that many complaints about the game and will probably play it again.