Somebody over at online gaming software developer, Interactive Gaming Technology, must have a thing for wolves. Wolf Rising is just one of several slots inspired by the great Canis Lupis, with two of the most popular including Wolf Run and Wild Wolf.
The wolf-themed slots in the IGT portfolio are all fairly similar and differ only slightly in terms of their treatment of their theme and more noticeably when it comes to game-play elements. Like its similarly named siblings, Wolf Rising has a distinctively Native American feel to it.
Among the wolves of varying colours and the usual high-value playing card symbols, the Native American totem pole is included. This visual element is complemented by the soundtrack, in which the sound of distant tribal drums, wind instruments and chanting can be heard as snowflakes fall all around the Wolf Rising in the background of the reels.
The visual feature that stands out most about Wolf Rising is its much more dense 5×8 layout. The five-reel slot has eight rows instead of the customary three, which explains how IGT has managed to pack 100 paylines into this video slot.
Stacked Wolf Rising Totem Poles
In Wolf Rising, the totem pole symbols serve as wild and, rather fittingly, often appear stacked. As Wolf Rising wilds can stand in the place of any other symbols, except bonus symbols, to finish off winning paylines, these stacked totem poles yield the bulk of the wins to be had in this slot.
Betting Starts at 1.00 per Line
It’s fortunate that the paylines on Wolf Rising are adjustable because the lowest possible wager per line is 1.00 credits – a price that may seem a little steep for cautious or less experienced players. Luckily, players can choose to wager on one, eight, 25, 50, 75 or all 100 lines.
The maximum wager in Wolf Rising is 30.00 credits per line, which takes the max bet per spin to a staggering 300.00 credits – the kind of betting that high-rollers just love.
Free Wolf Rising Spins
Landing three bonus symbols on the three centre reels in Wolf Rising slots will earn players five free spins plus a 2x multiplier on the total bet. More free spins can be activated during these rounds so players can stack up a substantial number to boost their odds of winning.
A Generous Pay Table
In order to justify the relatively high buy-in that it asks of players, Wolf Rising presents substantial payouts for winning combinations. The wolves are the most valuable of all the symbols and pay out in coins as follows for three, four and five of a kind:
- Black wolf: 25, 100, 500
- White Wolf: 25, 100, 500
- Brown Wolf: 25, 75, 250
- Gray Wolf: 25, 75, 250
Special Note on Playing Card Symbols
Players of Wolf Rising slot should be aware that they will not receive payouts for matching combinations on less than four low-value symbols. In Wolf Rising, these take the usual form of the playing card numbers 9 through A but are unusual in that payouts only occur for four or more of a kind on an active payline.