If there is one thing that we can say about NetEnt slots, especially those with a nature-theme is that they are very fairytale-like and warm. And that holds true for Wolf Cub. This is a branded trademark slot that was released at the beginning of 2017. The game was firstly released as an exclusive title and was only available at a limited range of casinos and later, in the autumn of 2017 it was introduced at multiple casinos that offer NetEnt slots.
The game resembles other similar NetEnt slots, but there is something distinct and unique about it. It is definitely a very refreshing game with soothing music that perfectly matches the theme.
The reels are set on an idyllic forest background with trees in the back and you can see snowfalls. The main actor in the story, the wolf cub sits calmly on the left-hand side of the reels, playfully wiggling his tale.
The slot title is placed on a wooden sign in the top-left corner of the reels. As in many other NetEnt slots, there are no lines or borders between the reels. The outline is standard five by three. The spin button is represented by a wolf’s paw. There’s the standard autoplay button and you can adjust your wager by changing the value and level. There’s also a max bet button, in case you wish to stake the largest possible sum.
The game has 20 paylines which is pretty much the norm for games with this outline. You may wager as little as one penny per payline, which sets the minimum wager at 20p, whereas the maximum amount that you are allowed to place as stake is £10 per payline, a total of £200. All paylines must be active at all times, there’s no option of choosing which paylines you’d like to activate.
The symbols used in this games are a mixture of standard and original. Namely, there are card symbols, but not your average cards. Instead you will see the 4 different card suits but in a new design which is completely theme-related. They look like they’re all made of wood, which makes complete sense as the game is set in a woodland.
All card suites have the same value, you will get 5 coins for a combination of 3, 20 for a combination of 4 and you will earn a total of 80 coins if you get 5 symbols across a payline.
Cheerful animals represent the high-valued symbols. We have an owl, a cat, a moose, a boar and the main star – the cub. These symbols all have different values and you need at least 3 across a payline in order to get paid. Pay-outs are only possible when a combination is formed starting from the leftmost towards the rightmost reel.
If you get 3 owls across a payline you will get 10 coins, and the next symbols are more rewarding, reaching up to the cub which pays 50 coins for a combination of 5 – pretty impressive. Then with 4 owls you will get 40 coins, whereas 4 cats pay out 60. Four cubs scatter across a single payline will result in a 250-coin win.
All winning combinations which involve 5 symbols are quite high. For example, you will get 150 coins for 5 owls, 250 for five moose and five cubs will see you win a total of 600 coins.
In addition to the standard symbols, there’s also a wild symbol and a scatter. The wild symbol is a frozen paw and it can serve as a substitute for every symbol, except for the scatter. A winning combination consisted only of wild symbols is a lot more rewarding than standard winning combinations. If you get 3 wild symbols you will get 100 coins, a combo of 4 wilds will see you with 500 extra coins, whereas 5 wilds result in a payment worth 2,000. The scatter activates the Free Spins game.
There’s not much to be said about the RTP of this game, it is 96.34%, which is pretty standard, higher compared to most average games, but also lower than the RTP of certain other games. Wolf Cub is a game of medium variance, which means that you can’t expect wins too frequently, but the prizes will be decent.
The Free Spins bonus game is activated whenever there are at least 3 scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. The scatter symbol is easily recognisable as it has the word ‘Scatter’ written over it. Once this bonus game is activated the reels spin, but only the ones which feature a scatter symbol on them. Then numbers appear instead of regular symbols and the number of free spins is a sum of all the numbers that have appeared on the reels, which means it can vary.
The Free Spins isn’t the only bonus game in Wolf Cub. Namely, during free spins another bonus game can be activated – the Blizzard Feature. If one symbol appears as stacked on reel 1, then you will see all matching symbols sliding towards the first reel, turning all other symbols into equal symbols on their way. The wild symbols can also participate in this feature, but only the first reel is stacked with wilds. During this feature you can win a range of pretty hefty prizes, as multiple winning combinations might be formed.
To sum things up, Wolf Cub is a pretty standard NetEnt slot. It has all features that one could expect from NetEnt, both in terms of graphics, as well as in terms of gameplay, RTP, rewards and bonus games. If you are a fan of games that don’t have a strong theme, yet are original in their own accord, then you’ll definitely enjoy playing NetEnt’s Wolf Cub.
Chill out with the Wolf Cub slot in this fairytale-esque styled online slot game from NetEnt
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