We’ve seen slots that feature the four elements before. But this one is Wild Elements is certainly on the more esoteric side of things.
All symbols are supersized in this game, covering 1×3 fields, which makes them look like long, slender crystals. The basic element symbols are blue, orange, green and silver, each carved with a card suit symbol, and representing one of the elements at its low value.
The four high-value symbols come with more intricate patterns but come in the same colours as the basic symbols and represent air, fire, water and earth, of course. Still, whilst certainly appealing to look at, this looks more like a bunch of crystals rather than the four essential elements.
The background in the base game is a generic swirl of colours that remind us of clouds at sunset. It gets a little more interesting during the free spins, where the chosen element dominates the background.
Visually, Wild Elements is certainly appealing enough but not exactly impressive.
The four high-value element symbols pay between 120 and 300 coins for 7 on a payline. Here, the fire element is the most valuable with 300 coins, which amounts to 10x our stake, by the way.
You can play this game from 0.10 per spin to 100.00 per spin, which may differ between casinos, though.
The main attraction in the base game are undoubtedly the mega wilds. They are 2×6 symbols large and show us the Air Spirit, the Water Nymph, the Earth Guardian and the Fire Empress. They are gorgeous to look at and are the most appealing elements in this game.
Whilst they don’t do anything special in the base game, it can be quite rewarding when they land on the reels fully stacked as a win is almost always guaranteed as long as they land on the first three or four reels somewhere.
In the base game, our biggest win was 120x our stake thanks to one of the Elementals.
The Mystic Spins, however, is where things are at. Three scatters trigger the free spins, where you are awarded a random number of free spins (in typical Red Tiger fashion). On average, you can expect to get between 8 and 15 spins.
Now you have to choose one of the four Elementals to feature in your free spins. This means two things: a) only the chosen Elemental Wild will land on the reels now and b) all high-value symbols are replaced with the chosen element to land on the reels during free spins.
So, if you choose the Fire Empress, her wild is the only one appearing in the Mystic Spins and only fire element symbols are represented on the reels alongside the four low-value symbols.
During the free spins, the Elemental Wild now has the power to turn all corresponding low-value symbols of her element wild if she lands fully stacked on the reels.
Also, the Fortune Goddess may appear (if the Fortune scatter lands on the reels) and award up to 5 extra free spins or boost your standard 1x multiplier by up to 3x at a time.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) of Wild Elements is a solid 96%. Of course, it could be better value, especially considering that Wild Elements can tend towards the more volatile side of things. But we’ve also seen some great wins that made the game quite worthwhile regardless.
The problem with Wild Elements (apart from the fact that the symbol size and payline distribution can be confusing at first) is that the base game can be boring and that free spins may be difficult to trigger.
When we played the game the first time, we didn’t get the free spins at all during several hundred spins. On our second round, we managed to grab them within the first 100 spins. Each Elemental has a different volatility, which means wins with the Fire Empress can be much more rewarding that wins with the Air Spirit. We tried both and landed a win of nearly 400x our stake with the Fire Empress, which the Air Spirit didn’t manage to come close to.
Wild Elements is one of those games that you try out once and if you don’t hit a reasonable win within 300 spins at the most, you will likely walk away from again.
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