They also haven’t been shy with mixing and matching elements to suit their purpose, such as Buffalo Link, which effectively overlaid Buffalo onto a hold and spin format game.
This brings us to Wild Wild Buffalo, which mixes and matches elements of games like Buffalo Grand and the broader Buffalo theming with the Wild Wild series, which has been a hit in recent years for the slot machine maker.
Compared to the original Wild Wild series of games, Wild Wild Buffalo bumps the bet increments to 75 credits from 50 credits. Like Buffalo Grand, you must bet at least $3 to be eligible for the grand progressive, which is a wide-area progressive.
The flip side to the bet level increment is a larger amount of ways to win. The earlier Wild Wilds had a baseline of a 5×3 reel set with 243 ways to win, while Wild Wild Buffalo is a 3-3-4-4-4 with 576 ways to win. So the increased bet increment in part contributes to that arrangement.
Like the other Wild Wild games wilds are only on the first two reels. If one appears on both of the first two reels, you’re playing for the credit prizes on the buffalo heads. The reels may grow during this feature before coming to a stop. If you win at least one buffalo head prize on reel 3, you move on to reel 4; if you win at least one prize on reel 4, you move on to reel 5. Have a reel without the heads, and the winning comes to a stop. Any credit prizes and line hits are then awarded. This works just like the standard Wild Wild series.
The credit prizes on the buffalo heads get bigger as you get farther to the right on the reels, for the simple reason that they’re harder to reach.
Three or more Wheel symbols trigger the bonus. The bonus starts with a jackpot feature, which is carried forward from the game Buffalo Grand. First, you spin the top wheel, which can award a progressive, multiplied progressive or free games. The number of free games possible on the wheel is based on the number of scatters:
- 3 scatter Wheel symbols: 8 to 15 free games
- 4 scatter Wheel symbols: 15 to 30 free games
- 5 scatter Wheel symbols: 20 to 50 free games
If you land on a progressive that will be multiplied by the bonus wheel, a second wheel (called the bonus wheel) will spin, multiplying it from 2-10x and awarding the multiplied version of the prize. If not, you will simply be awarded the progressive. Bigger bets increase the chances of winning progressives.
Any spins that yield a progressive will deliver another spin on the jackpot feature wheel. Any spin that delivers free games will instantly begin the free games, with the number of games landed being the starting count.
Like any other Buffalo game, you can retrigger with two or more wheel symbols, awarding 5, 8, 15 or 20 free games for 2, 3, 4 or 5 wheel symbols, respectively.
When the wilds land on reels 1 and 2, they will now multiply by 2 or 3, traditional for both Wild Wild and Buffalo. The two Wilds on reels 1 and 2 act identically to the base game, other than now credit prizes and line hits are multiplied.
The game is a toughie, which isn’t unusual for Buffalo games, but given the heritage of each game having some toughness, the two combined, like Buffalo Link, can make for a really tough game, albeit one with potential to pay big when the right conditions align.
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