Wonder Hounds Review

In case you did not know, 2018 is the year of the dog, which is a great release timing for a canine themed slot and an excellent opportunity to honour…

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In case you did not know, 2018 is the year of the dog, which is a great release timing for a canine themed slot and an excellent opportunity to honour man’s best friends and show them how much we appreciate them!

NextGen has therefore dedicated Wonder Hounds to our faithful companions placing the reels against a beautiful countryside panorama and introducing three different dog breeds as the slot’s most valuable symbols.

Together with the posh, British native Winchester, Asian beauty Jinse and fearless, (possibly) American-made Ace who are the slot’s Wilds, Wonder Hounds features the Golden Paw Scatter, Dog Food Bowl and Bone as the medium value symbols and A, K, Q, J and 10 as icons with the lowest payouts.

Developer

NextGen was founded at the very end of the 90s decade, just 5 years after the first online casino was launched.

The company has evolved together with the online gambling industry and managed to surface to the very top, becoming one of the first developers to provide content compatible with multiple operative systems. When designing the games, NextGen operates in accordance to the following principles:

  • Attract
    Entertain
    Retain

and here are just a few titles which fit this formula perfectly: Dragon Wins, Lightning Gems, Samurai Split…

How to Play It

Wonder Hounds is played on 25 paylines, 5 reels and 3 rows. The bets are adjusted through the Coin icons placed over and under the Main spin button or by accessing the Total Bet screen, under the Main Menu tab. Here, the player is also able to re-position the Spin button and place it on the left, right, at the bottom or in the middle of the screen.

The quality of the visual effects can also be changed and for those who are into speed, Auto Play feature can be activated to initiate up to 100 uninterrupted spins. Wins pay from left to right and if more than one payline lands a winning combo, they will be added together towards a higher payout.

Special Features

Who better to take on a treasure hunt with you than these adorable pooches? Wonder Hounds slot has two bonus features and the player can either win Free Spins sessions or unlock Wonder Hounds Gone Wild round which can change the dogs into Wild icons.

Free Spins are won when the Golden Paw Scatter appears on the reels, awarding the total of 15 new spins. While the Free Spins are in progress, Sticky Wilds are guaranteed to appear at the beginning of the session and the player can collect up to 15 Sticky Wilds.

The wagers for the Free Spins are the same as in the main game and all the wins will be added to bet lines. Unfortunately, Free Spins cannot be re-activated while they are in session.

Any spin can unlock Wonder Hounds Gone Wild feature, transforming at least one of the Wonder Hounds into Wild symbol. While the feature is active, each of the five reels can have its own Wild symbol, increasing the chances of forming a winning combination.

Maximum Payouts

Depending on the selected bet amount, Wonder Hounds can generate up to $2,600 in the base game or $200,000 in the bonus mode. The highest value icons pay from 20 to 350 coins for a combination of 3 to 5 (respectively), with the increased value of 400 coins when these icons turn into Wilds during the bonus mode.

Looking at the theoretical return to player percentage, the slot ranges from 95.16% to 96.46%, classifying Wonder Hounds into medium to high volatility games. In terms of betting limits, the slot is clearly adjusted to different types of players, but high rollers will get the most out of Wonder Hounds.

Summary

Wonder Hounds is an engaging slot with a great theme, charming characters and an excellent payout potential, especially for the players who are not afraid to up the stakes.

While the slot does not have any mind blowing special features, it still offers a fast and smooth gameplay with betting levels that can be suited to different types of agents, recreational or high rolling ones.

While Wonder Hounds may not achieve an iconic status, it will still appeal to those who enjoy casual and unpretentious slots that can still result in a decent payout.

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