Something interesting about the online slot industry is that different developers have their own particular styles that really come through in one way or another in the games they make. With NextGen slots, something you see over and over is that they have a gameplay-focused technique, and it's clear that they focus on features first and themes second. This also seems to be the case with Wolfpack Pays, a game that is based virtually entirely around a free spins feature that happens after every single regular win that you accumulate on the reels, and it has a symbol set that makes these wins come more often than you might expect.
With five reels, three rows and 40-paylines, this game is slightly atypical. You might not think of a 5x3 slot as being atypical at all, but the 40-payline layout is often reserved for the 5x4 format, which is interesting to note. Bet sizes are determined based on the total amount you're spending per turn, and all 40 paylines are locked in place due to the nature of the gameplay. You can wager from $0.40 to $80 per turn, so low stakes and high stakes players both have reasonable options, as so all players in between.
Free Spins Feature
The main feature that drives the gameplay for this online video slot is the free spins feature, and it's largely based around the wolf icons that you see in the top-right corner of the screen beside of the "Free Games" label. The way this works is that getting a winning combination on the reels gives you an automatic free spin. On your first free spin, wild symbols are added to the center reel only. If you get another win on that free spin, another free spin is added with wilds on the second and fourth reels as well. Getting at least one winning combination on that spin takes you to the Wolfpack Feature.
During the Wolfpack Feature, you'll get free spins over and over again with wilds added to all five reels. The feature is over when you get three different spins that do not produce winning combinations. The paw prints in the "Free Games" display shows how many spins without wins you have to go before the feature is deactivated. This feature can go indefinitely if you keep winning, and there's no hard limit to the number of free turns you can get.
The wolf is the wild symbol, and he only shows up during the free spins features as noted above. He also always appears stacked, so you have chances to win in several different ways on the same spin. There are payouts available for the wilds, but they only matter during the Wolfpack Feature since that's the only time you have wilds on the first reel. A win worth 800x is available for five of the wilds, while you can earn 25x for four or 10x for three of them as well.
One of the key things to realize about this game is that it only has six regular paying symbols, other than the wilds. There is no scatter, so you basically have lots of opportunities to hit plenty of small and medium payouts. You can imagine how your hit-rate is higher with six symbols on the reels compared to the 12+ that you often see from video slots in today's industry.
The circle symbol with the wolf howling at the moon earns 400x for five of a kind. There's also an eagle symbol that will pay you 250x for five. The heart, diamond, club and spade symbols round out the rest of the pays. The red heart gives you a 40x win for five of a kind, as does the yellow diamond. The blue club and green spade both pay 25x for five of a kind. It's important to note that all four of the suit symbols pay 5x for four of a kind and 2x for three of a kind.
The Wolfpack Pays game is interesting as far as low-volatility slots go because it has a very action-packed feature that will activate several times during the course of regular gameplay. The number of free spins you get really add up, and the simple fact that there are just six regular symbols in the game adds to the hit-rate tremendously. If you're a fan of low-volatility, high hit-rate games, then this is a title you should definitely check out.