Released: December, 2018
If simplicity sounds like a winning feature to you, you may just fall in love with the sci-fi themed wonders of Wild-O-Tron 3000, a newly created NetEnt game. This slot machine has been in circulation for a month or two now, but already it’s surprising a lot of gamers as it doesn’t follow the traditional NetEnt game format. Many of us are used to seeing quite complex, varied titles from the brand, yet Wild-O-Tron 300 seems to have opted for simplicity above all else, not that it makes the game any less impressive in its design or features.
Presented inside a traditional 3×5 grid, accompanied by 20 paylines, there seems little in the way of innovation to be found here. However, while there’s no exclusivity upon the reels, players will find that they can immerse themselves into a cutesy robot themed world in which you spin to piece together robot parts. If you manage to do that, wins can be made, but otherwise there’ll be little for you to do other than try again. The graphics are simple yet attractive, with the grid designed to have a worn, grubby appearance, a bit like a dystopian sci-fi, similar in looks to what you may see inside the scenes of Fallout, or something similar.
Seeing as there’s few demo versions of the game to play, not even on the NetEnt website itself, it’s much harder to see the paytable and its rewards. As a result, a lot of what we’re covering is still largely unknown, however we have been unable to uncover some facts about the game symbols and what they offer.
Just like with any other paytable, some symbols are worth more than others, and the same can be said of Wild-O-Tron 3000. As previously mentioned, the symbols are made up of robot parts, with these parts then being charged with energy when a combination win is formed. However, some of these parts are broken, unable to form a much larger machine, and so you’ll need to be mindful of where the symbols land on those 20 active winlines. Alongside the standard symbols, there’s also the wild symbol, arguably the most valuable of all the icons inside of the game.
For the price of 0.20 credits or over, players simply need to create combination wins or between three and five of a kind in order to win; that’s really all there is to it. There are seven robots to “create” in total, with six of them able to be changed into a wild symbol at any moment, and so the game does have an element of the unknown involved.
Seeing as there’s little in the way of other features, save the bonsu one we’ll mention later on, it’s time we moved onto how to play the game. Once you’ve wagered your money, it’s a case of choosing whether to play the game manually, e.g. spin the reels yourself, or whether you select autoplay and watch as the game does it all for you. All the controls are located at the bottom of the screen, as is standard for NetEnt, and the vast majority of any slot machine, and so adapting to the control panel shouldn’t prove too difficult.
Wild-O-Tron 3000 isn’t packed with features, which is likely what the RTP is a high 96%, however that isn’t to say that no bonuses aren’t to be had. Besides the wild symbol that provides substituting wins, there’s also the random feature of any six of the robots available being turned into a wild. As this is a randomly triggered extra, players have no control over how or when these feature will play out, however it ensures that an otherwise standard slot machine is made a bit more exciting.
As you’d expect with a limited variance title, this pokies big payouts come from the wild symbol, the electric blue W that can land anywhere on the grid. Depending on what you’ve wagered, it can reward you 25x what you original bet, meaning the wins can be as large as 100,000 credits! Of course, the likelihood of winning such a win would be rare, with users also needing to be willing to bet the maximum amount of 200 credits, which is quite a steep fee for such a low variance one armed bandit.
Wild-O-Tron 3000 has deviated away from the NetEnt MO we’ve come to know and love, and in some respects, the game is lacking because of it. It’s not that we don’t like the game, or that we feel it’s of a poor design, but rather than we feel NetEnt could have done more to make it their own. Nonetheless, while this isn’t the best they can offer, this sci-fi themed pokie is one that a lot of gamers will be able to pick up and play without issue, and so for accessibility alone, we’d rate this game quite highly.