Released: Sept, 2018
Drawing inspiration from the 19th century Gothic horror stories, Yggdrasil’s Wolf Hunters was released just in time to remind the general public how much we have missed the premise. Strategically launched towards the end of September, Wolf Hunters is one of the rare developer’s adventures into the realms of dread. Although it’s not in common for their slots to incorporate elements of supernatural (there are few slots that would loosely fit the genre), Yggdrasil does not seem particularly big on horror fiction theme.
This is precisely what makes this slot so unique. The first indication that Yggdrasil is exploring their options came with Tut’s Twister which was referencing the infamous curse of the mummy legend. However, Wolf Hunters slot is where the developer went full-scale horrifying and the results are exceptional. Just like NetEnt’s Dracula, the slot is preluded with the intro video, which will be highly appreciated by all those who enjoy slots with cinematic quality and ambiance.
The two Wolf Hunters are the featured symbols of the slot, initiating the bonus features after landing on the reels during the base game. The Hunter and The Huntress can also appear in the bonus rounds, which is when they will become even more powerful. The Wolf Trap, Silver Stake, and Green Vial are the higher value icons, while the card suits carry the lowest value – all of these icons can be replaced by the Wild symbol, completing the winning string and generating a payout.
The Werewolf icon has the highest payout value as well as the power to transform; this is the only icon that actually interacts with the Hunters, and the players will be in for a treat every time the Werewolf makes an appearance on the reels.
Wolf Hunter is played on 5 reels, 3 rows, and 20 fixed paylines, with the betting range of $0.10 – $100 per spin, across all paylines. The platform allows the players to press the bets either manually or with a single click, using the slot’s Max Bet feature. For an uninterrupted gameplay, an infinite Auto Play session can be set into motion and the Auto spins will run until you manually stop them.
The advanced optimisation features will enable you to fully customise every aspect of the game, starting with audio/video adjustment to Auto-play settings, where the players can manually input the parameters that will stop the auto mode. All of the icons become payable in the combination of 3 when landing on the connecting reels from left to right.
100 points will be awarded to you before you even start spinning – 70 in Hunter’s meter and 30 in the Huntress’s meter. As you continue to spin, more points will be collected and placed inside the Hunters rage meter every time you manage to collect 3 of the Bonus icons. When the Rage Meter is completely full, 10 Hunter Free Spins will be awarded to the player, with extra rounds added every time new Bonus icons land in the bonus rounds.
When the Bonus icons land on reels 1 and 5, 10 Free Spins will be triggered, improving the Hunters’ chances of slaying the Werewolves. Slayer Free Spins will be activated when the player drains the Werewolf’s red power bar. While this feature is in progress, Werewolf icons will turn into Wilds and expand across the reels.
Wolf Hunters is a medium-high volatility slot with 96.3% return to the player percentage on a long-term gameplay. Werewolf is the highest payout symbol which can generate 500 coins for a combination of 5. The next in line are the Trap, the Vial, and the Stake, which can pay up to 250, 200, and 150 coins for 5 matching symbols, respectively.
A single spin with the highest value icons can produce the total payout of 15,000 coins, which, depending on the bet level, can be plenty. Still, one should be mindful of the fluctuating volatility before deciding to maximise the bets.
Wolf Hunters slot is definitely a worthy contributor to Yggdrasil catalogue and the theme itself is exceptionally well executed. The element of surprise is added to the slot with every Werewolf that lands on the reel and attacks the Hunter, which is a really nice touch since it leaves the player suspenseful, waiting to see which of the two rivals will defeat the opponent.
The bonus features are quite decent, with fairly innovative elements. However, the expectations that were raised with the intro video were met with no more than rage meter and Free Spins. Although triggered in 3 different modes, Free Spins are still just the same old Free Spins. Acceptable, but still pretty predictable.