Microgaming are taking their players on a wild jungle safari, and if you spin the reels correctly you could come out the other side scratch free and with quite a lot of cash in the all-new 243 Ways Wild Orient pokies.
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How to play Wild Orient
Wild Orient is a 243 ways to win pokie set in a Chinese jungle, featuring an array of stunning symbols of exotic animals including a panda, an elephant, a tiger, a monkey, and a stork. The reels are set on the backdrop of Asian bamboo, ferns, and leaves to tie the hybrid theme in well.
The pokie is great for all bankrolls, with a maximum bet of up to $1125 available – perfect for high rollers – and the non-progressive jackpot of $600,000 on offer is quite appealing.
- Coin sizes: 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.20, 0.25, 0.50, 1.00, 2.00, and 5.00
- Maximum coins per line: 10
- Minimum bet per spin: $0.25
- Maximum bet per spin: $1125
- Scatter: Yes (the Wild animal symbol with the text ‘Scatter)
- Wild: Yes (the logo of the pokie)
- Bonus rounds: Yes (a Re-Spin feature)
- Free spins: Yes (15 Free Spins with all winnings tripled)
- Jackpot: $600,000
- RTP: 96-97%
The oriental soundtrack offers woodwind music in the base game and exciting percussion in the Free Spins round to add to the excitement. You can mute and unmute this at any time by clicking the little audio icon in the top right hand corner of the game screen.
Wild Orient symbols
While Microgaming have tied the theme in well in terms of the oriental backdrop and the animals found in a Chinese jungle, they’ve stuck with their traditional A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 symbols for the lower paying symbols – whether or not they ran out of symbols or they just prefer this format we aren’t quite sure.
The payouts are dependant on your bet size with the highest possible payout on the low value symbols, at the minimum bet of $0.25 per spin, set at $2 by scoring five A symbols. You can get up to $10,000 by spinning five A symbols when playing the max bet of $1125 per spin however.
The middle value symbols are the exotic animals, with the stork paying the least and the elephant paying the most (up to $200,000 when max bet is in play). Other middle value symbols include the monkey, the panda, and the tiger.
View the paytable for the exact payouts in accordance to your wager, after setting your bet size.
Wild: The Wild symbol is the logo of the pokie and it substitutes for all symbols except the Scatter to complete a winning payline. It only appears on reels 2 and 4, however.
Scatter: The Scatter symbol is the elephant head with the other animals surrounding it and the text which reads ‘Scatter’. It offers a payout of up to $112,500 when you score five playing at max bet, while at least three trigger the Free Spins feature.
Wild Orient bonus features
Wild Orient features a Free Spins feature, as well as a unique Re-Spin bonus which is becoming quite prevalent in Microgaming pokies.
Free Spins: There are up to 15 free spins available on Wild Orient, triggered by three, four, or five Scatter symbols. All wins during the Free Spins feature are tripled and the free spins can be re-triggered.
Re-Spin Feature: The Re-Spin feature sees players able to select a reel, after they’ve made their first spin, and spin it independently of the other reels at an extra cost to your initial wager. This gives you another chance at completing a winning payline. The cost of the reel depends on your chances of scoring a good payout, with the price going up if you can potentially win big – so you may or may not think it is worth it.
Play Wild Orient on your smartphone or tablet
Wild Orient has been optimised for the HTML5 platform – meaning you can play it on your mobile device without any problems. The game is compatible with Apple, Android, Blackberry, and Windows devices and you will find it at our recommended Microgaming casinos each offering their own mobile site available to be accessed by tapping on the links via your tablet’s or smartphone’s browser.
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Our thoughts on Wild Orient
Wild Orient is a welcome addition to the extensive pokies catalogue. While we have seen both safari themed pokies and oriental themed pokies we haven’t seen the two combined, making it quite unique.
The scrapping of paylines has become quite popular in the world of online gaming and if you haven’t played a 243 ways to win pokie, Wild Orient is an ideal title to start out with since there is a huge range of coin sizes for minimum and maximum bets.
While we have found some other Microgaming casinos capping the limit to $125 per spin by limiting coin sizes, we played at Royal Vegas Casino where you can play a max bet of $1125 per spin which is great for high rollers too.
We are still a bit unsure about the Re-Spin feature as it can end up costing you quite a bit extra for a chance at a good payout, and even if you do opt for it, it isn’t a guaranteed win. When we did it, we did it for the chance to spin an extra scatter which cost over $300 for the one re-spin of the reel.
We did it twice and then scored the extra Scatter, and therefore the Free Spins feature was activated, but it cost more than $600 (we were playing at $87.50 per spin). We therefore only recommend doing it every now and then if you can afford it.
The free spins with the 3x multiplier are a great addition however, and while we prefer earning more free spins the more Scatters you land, the large payouts offered by four or more Scatters make up for this. Overall, Wild Orient is another top 243 ways to win pokie from Microgaming.