Wild Mantra is a video slot from Yggdrasil Gaming with 5×4 reels and 25 paylines. Released in May 2019 as a LeoVegas Original slot, this game is currently and for the foreseeable future only available at LeoVegas online casino.
Wild Mantra is the second slot released in May 2019 that offers Buddhist prayer wheels in its theme. What are the odds? Be that as it may, the two slots couldn’t be more different in design, so we’re not actually bothered by this coincidence.
In Wild Mantra, we get a set of 5 wheels, which all spin horizontally (as the prayer wheels do), instead of the typical vertical spins you get. This looks quite cool and feels natural with the setup we get here.
The background shows us a mountainous landscape, leading us to believe we’re in Tibet or somewhere similar. And let us tell you this: the game design is stunning. The details are beautifully drawn and the 3D visual offer a fantastic plasticity. On both sides of the reels, bells are gently swinging in the wind, the clouds are wandering in the background, the wheels look beautiful. We get a wonderfully serene atmosphere here and simply looking at this game makes you feel relaxed.
The four high-value symbols all pay 100 coins for a 5-of-a-kind win. The four low-value symbols all pay 40 coins for such a win. We also get a wild that replaces all other symbols except for the scatter. And, of course, the free spin scatter itself.
You can play this game from 0.10 to 125.00.
In the base game, wilds can land fully stacked on the reels (though they don’t have to). Wilds are a rare thing in this game and when they do land, they become sticky. A wild will then trigger the Mantra Re-Spin, where the wild stays in place and hopefully more wilds will land elsewhere on the reels. When that happens, the new wild also becomes sticky. But, more importantly, the reel with the first wild(s) will be nudged and another wild will be added to that reel.
Then you get another re-spin with hopefully more wilds. As long as you keep getting wilds, more re-spins will follow, and more wilds are nudged into place.
Landing 3 free spin scatters will award you with 10 free spins. You also get an award of 50 coins. Four scatters will give you an award of 500 coins and with five scatters you’d get 25,000 coins as a reward.
During the free spins, more wilds are generally in play, but the mechanics remain the same. Land a wild, it becomes sticky, you get a re-spin and more wilds would lead to additional re-spins and wilds nudged into place. The chance for that happening is increased because 1 wild is added randomly to the reels at the beginning of the feature.
If you feel a whole reel with wilds, you will receive another free spin. Thus, you can get up to 5 additional free spins.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) of Wild Mantra is 96.30%. That’s a pretty decent value and well above average. This game has a low to medium volatility, so wins tend to be relatively frequent but never very big. It all depends on those wilds, to be honest.
And you can still suffer dry spells, playing 20 spins without a win at all. Also, you can play 100 spins in the base game without a single wild showing up, which is frustrating and makes for really boring gameplay. When you do manage to activate the free spins, things get more exciting. But it doesn’t really make up for a lacklustre base game.
Wild Mantra is beautiful and if you’re over at LeoVegas, you may just give it a spin to check it out. But don’t expect to play it for very long.
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