Dog lovers will instantly be drawn to the title of this new NextGen Gaming slot machine. Wonder Hounds is very much a dog nut’s slot, and in terms of originality, nobody can criticise the mixture of Chinese New Year (it is the Year of the Dog) and the general dog theme of the game. However, graphically this slot is below par, and even its special features feel a little flat compared to other new games from this developer. Players cannot adjust the game’s 25 lines, but they can wager anything from 25p up to £250 a game on this slot. The non-progressive jackpot isn’t brilliant, but nobody will turn their nose up to winning 400x their total bet.
Wild symbols can substitute for all other icons barring scatters and can offer multipliers on winning combos in which they appear.
Scatters can trigger a free spins bonus when 3 or more appear on the reels. These paw print scatters aren’t the only way to trigger bonuses, though.
A randomly triggered feature – known as the Wonder Hounds Gone Wild bonus – can occur at any point in the base game, and can see the doggies turn symbols into wilds, to help you land a winning combo where they may not previously have been one.
Players will start the free spin bonus feature with either 8, 12 or 15 free spins, depending on whether they landed 3, 4 or 5 scatters (as well as 4x, 15x or 100x their total bet as an instant cash prize), respectively. During the bonus, between 1 and 15 random wilds will be added to the reels and remain sticky for the duration of the feature.
The special features in this game are good enough for most players, but they don’t bring anything new to the table. The theme itself is endearing, but graphically, it appears NextGen Gaming have missed the boat a little bit with the Wonder Hounds slot machine. Give it a look, just don’t pin your hopes on this being the game of the year.