Powered by creator Quickspin with an unusual structure of six reels over four rows with 26 Paylines, Wild Tome of the Woods takes you deep into an ancient woodland – Whittlewood Forest, to be precise, in the heart of England’s Northamptonshire.
Dating back to medieval times, this dense former hunting ground lends the game a fairy story feel; indeed this operator is known for its fondness for such tales. And this place is full of Wildlife in more ways than one!
The exquisite design seen in the Scandi studio’s other ventures is very much in evidence here. And while there may not be a free spin round, you will find stacked reels, the Wild Tome bonus, Wild symbols and the chance to win up to 1,000x stake.
Join the reclusive wizard Tom (Middy, short for Midas, to his mates) and his animal buddies as he teaches you how to transform things into gold. However, the gang must also stop their home from being overrun by greedy gamblers and gold hunters.
How to play
Whatever your device of choice, you can play Wild Tome from 25p to up to £100 a pop, depending on mood and attitude to risk. Set your bets as usual, then click on Spin or use the Autoplay function.
On the reels, you’ll see three different kinds of magic potion (yellow, red and green), plus an eclectic line-up of weird creatures including Sylvester the Third, a fox, Eleanor the ‘posh’ owl from Oxford and Crickey, who is half newt and half frog. Eleanor is the most lucrative, shelling out at 16x wager for a full Payline of six.
Since the animal symbols can display stacked, creating winning combos becomes easier.
Wild Tome of the Wood special features
As usual, the Wild icon (a golden wreath) replaces all other symbols. Land three, four, five or six at a time to enjoy between 1 and 20x stake in reward, making it the most lucrative of the symbols.
The other icon to keep an eye out for is the Wild Tome or red book one, which can convert standard symbols into Wilds. Bag at least one in a base game spin and the Wild Tome feature described below activates.
Wild Tome bonus
When this comes into play (as described above), the Wild Tome icon randomly picks one of the other emblems that can be seen on the reels and convert them, plus itself, into Wilds.
One of the Wilds may also become another Wild Tome, so that the mechanism of this feature repeats itself, even potentially sparking a chain reaction until your entire screen fills up with Wilds.
All Wilds Win perk
Once your screen is fully Wild, these symbols’ value is doubled to land you a jackpot bonanza of 1,000x stake. (So if you’re playing at maximum bet level, you could be in for a tidy £100k payday.)
Return to Player (RTP)
Wild Tome is a medium-to-high variance game, with an RTP or Return to Player of 96.28%.
Feature-wise, you may join those reviewers who found perks a bit thin on the (leaf-strewn) ground in Wild Tome of the Woods, and the core action a little repetitive. Equally, the 6×4 format combined with the limited number of Paylines has not met with universal approval.
But the amazing visuals help give you some quality reel time, and there’s a great backstory here, too.
Take a walk in the woods to try this one for yourself – see if it’s golden for you, and let us know what you reckoned.