For players across the globe, when they think of Big Time Gaming, they immediately think of the Megaways™ mechanic, established in 2016. It is a mark of stellar creativity and innovation to create something entirely new that continues to run rampant in a sector as large as gambling, even 5 years later. However, perhaps the second most notable Big Time Gaming creation that players continue to enjoy would be Danger High Voltage. In 2019, we were presented with Lil' Devil, which quickly became known as “Danger High Voltage 2”. The wins were bigger and the experience was more volatile. Soon, Lil' Devil stood in its own right as one of the greatest slots of the decade.
This year, on April 21st, Big Time Gaming are releasing Wild Flower. Wild Flower is easy to mistake as a Lil' Devil sequel upon first glance. However, there are many important aspects of Lil' Devil missing from this new release, so we plant it somewhere between Danger High Voltage and Lil' Devil, as a small step sideways rather than a leap forwards.
There are no ground-breaking new ideas coming to the forefront within this slot, but there are many well established mechanics. These are tried and tested, but are taken to heights we have not witnessed from Big Time Gaming before. And that, in itself, can be more than enough. With an RTP of 96.52% – 96.59%, depending on the bonus chosen, Wild Flower has a maximum win of 114,100x. This comes close to Nolimit City's San Quentin, which picked up a fair amount of hype surrounding the potential. Volatility is high on Wild Flower, but the wins are even higher, so let's dive in…
The pay table of Wild Flower consists primarily of royal symbols, including 9s, 10s, Js, Qs, Ks, and As. Premiums follow the well-established Big Time Gaming colour theme, starting with a green pentagram, which pays between 0.3x bet and 1.5x bet for 3-6 of a kind. Blue paw prints pay between 0.3x bet for 3 of a kind, and 2.5x bet for 6 of a kind. Second from the top, the red woman pays 0.4x bet for 3 of a kind, and 5x bet for 6 of a kind.
Finally, the highest paying symbol is the purple wolf, which pays 0.3x bet for 2 of a kind, and a whopping 10x bet for 6 of a kind. When we factor in the multipliers possible within the game, the potential is huge. There are two Scatter symbols available within Wild Flower, a regular Yellow Moon Scatter, and a Red Moon Megascatter. Ending the pay table, two types of Wild Reels are available.
Wild Flower Base Features
The first thing we immediately notice missing from Wild Flower, in comparison to Lil' Devil, is the Heartstopper™ feature. On the one hand, this can be considered a good thing, as it feels like less of a grind to see the full potential, but on the other hand players tend to like having something to work towards, feeling as though the money wagered is tangibly leading somewhere, with progress that is stored across sessions. Wild Flower presents its' own version of the Mega Feature, though, so there are some boosted wins and bonuses on offer.
What we do have, first, are two full reel Wild symbols, capable of landing on reels 2 or 5. The first, is the Ice Wild, which comes with no multiplier but substitutes for all symbols except the Scatter. The second is the Flower Wild, again substituting for all symbols except the Scatter, but instead with a multiplier attached. All Flower Wilds have x8 multipliers, and landing two or more multiplies the values together, with a potential for a x4,096 multiplier. This knocks the previous “triple x6” we coveted from Danger High Voltage, out of the water.
That's everything Wild Flower has to offer within the base game, but as we have seen within previous instalments from Big Time Gaming, Wild Reels with multipliers can be more than enough for some huge hits on the way to the bonus. Approach with caution, though, as we don't expect to see 4 Flower Wilds together all too often. This slot is indeed highly volatile.
Wild Flower Bonus
Landing 3 or more mixed Scatter symbols triggers Free Spins and landing Free Spins with a Megascatter symbol on the 6th reel awards the Enhanced Free Spins. In either instance, there are two bonuses to choose from:
The Most Beautiful Thing Free Spins: This bonus is Wild Flower's answer to Gates of Hell, and Be My Angel. On the regular version, 7 free spins are awarded, where one symbol is chosen to act as a sticky wild. Most importantly here, premium symbols cannot be chosen as the special symbol, which will no doubt please players. Landing this chosen symbol on reels 2, 3, 4 or 5 changes it to wild, where it remains for the duration of the free spins. Filling an entire reel awards 3 more free spins.
On the enhanced version, wilds can land on top of each other during the 7 free spins. This turns the original wild into x2. If this happens twice, sticky wilds can have multipliers of x3 attached. This means an entire screen full of wilds could have the potential to all be worth x3, equating to 4 wild reels, each with a value of x12. It might seem impossible, but we have seen full screens of wilds with two x12 wild reels in Lil Devil. The RTP of The Most Beautiful Thing Free Spins is 96.52%.
Heart Beats Faster Free Spins: Reminiscent of High Voltage and Dynamite Lover, this feature awards 12 free spins. Ladder Wilds may appear in any free spin, and display a multiplier, up to x80. In the enhanced version, every time the Wild Ladder substitutes in a win, its' multipliers increase, and can reach up to x800. Extra Scatters can land to retrigger up to 20 extra spins at any one time, with no limit to the number of retriggers possible. The RTP of Heart Beats Faster Free Spins is 96.59%
This could be the first in this slot series where we see players go for the Ladder Wild bonus. Even more so when offered the Enhanced Free Spins choice. Not simply because the RTP is higher, but because the thought of a x800 multiplier seems too good to turn down.
Wild Flower doesn't produce any new mechanics or ideas that make us say “wow”. Instead, it relies on some already popular approaches. Players across the globe have spent some time lately complaining that we aren't given enough entirely new concepts. However, as the old saying goes – if it isn't broken, why fix it? We're given just enough changes here to make Wild Flower a brilliant next step in this series, without being forced to complain that something once beautiful has been destroyed.
BTG are experts at offering enough tweaks to keep us interested, and knowing when not to go too far. With a max win of over 100,000x, a decent RTP, high volatility and multipliers of x800 plus, this slot is sure to produce some huge wins. The potential here is the wow factor. Big Time Gaming have made it clear that their games are intended to be enjoyed regardless of stake. We expect to see players of all stakes enjoying this new release, hopefully hitting some huge wins along the way.
*The screenshots taken of games reviewed on this site are taken from Demo Play, as reviews are often written before games are released for real play.