When Quickspin developed Wild Cauldron, they set out to create a ‘warm and fuzzy atmosphere for the player to immerse themselves in’. The magician’s lab we find ourselves certainly is that. The candles provide the warmth. There is a lovely glow and all the furniture is made of wood. Books litter the desk, scrolls are found in the shelves, a telescopes points at the window, which shows us a sky full of stars and the moon.
Below the reels, a green liquid is bubbling in the cauldron and wisps of smoke disperse. The background music is light and whimsical, adding to the generally light atmosphere as well.
On the reels, we find low value symbols that show us abstract items such as a moon, lightning, an eye or a pentagram. Five adorable baby monsters make up the high value symbols, which are worth between 0.7 and 3.5x our stake for 6 on a payline. Since we are getting a standard 4,096 ways to pay in this slot, the overall small payouts are not unusual.
The wild is a simple red and gold symbol and the scatter is a flask full of the green stuff that’s bubbling in the cauldron.
You can play this game from 0.10 to 100.00 per spin.
Wild Cauldron uses a similar mechanic to that introduces in Golden Glyph from Quickspin. Symbols that are forming a win are locked on the reels whilst all other symbols disappear. They then tumble down to the bottom of the reels, where they are held whilst fresh symbols come falling in from above. If matching symbols, new winning combinations or wilds land now, they are also held in place whilst all other symbols are removed.
This continues until no more matching symbols, new wins or wilds land. Additionally, on each spin, a new row of symbols is added to the top of the current four lines, then five and so forth. Rows can expand up to 8, at which time we would have 262,144 ways to win.
Also, whenever a wild is added to the reels, the multiplier climbs by 1x (starting at 1x) up to 7x. As long as we keep landing winning symbols or new wins, the multiplier does not reset and keeps climbing. The final multiplier is paid out when no further wins are possible and is then applied to the total of all wins on the reels.
Scatters are also kept on the reels.
And that’s just as well, otherwise it might be somewhat difficult to collect at least 4 scatters that are required to trigger the free spins. We’d then get 8 free spins. With 5 scatters we would get 10 free spins and 6 scatters would give us 12 free spins.
The scatters get poured into the cauldron, which causes and explosion. The green smoke clears, and the free spins are played out. The feature essentially keeps going the same way as in the base game. The main difference now is, though, that the multipliers and the added rows don’t reset on a losing spin.
They are kept, which increases the potential for good wins significantly.
Two further scatters during the free spins will add +2 free spins to the counter.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) of Wild Cauldron is 96.09%, which is decent but not excellent. The volatility of this slot is quite high, so careful budgeting is definitely sensible. Even with those minimum 4,096 ways to pay, wins tend to be small and not at all frequent.
Still, Wild Cauldron has a potential of 21,210x our stake if everything aligns just so and that’s pretty incredible. The most we’ve seen during the free spins was a little over 210x our stake, mind you. Though that’s not a number we’d ever complain about and we were happy with the result.
Plus, Wild Cauldron is fun. The game entertains and has enough going on to keep us interested. The theme is on the lighter side, very well executed and if we manage to keep winning, the Wild Cauldron online slot may just keep us coming back.
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