Look and Feel
Wild Pops is a mobile-friendly online slot game powered by AvatarUX and released by Yggdrasil Gaming. It has five reels and three rows as is the norm, but has a variable number of paylines on each spin, which is not the norm! Your first spin always has 486 ways to win as ‘all ways pay’ both left-to-right and right-to-left. If you land a winning combo though an extra symbol is added to some of the reels. If you land an extra symbol on all five reels then your ways of winning are immediately upped to 2,048! This China-themed slot also has many excellent features, as well as a really appealing look and feel.
This game has loads going for it, but the one thing it is missing is a progressive jackpot. You can still win a tasty amount if good fortune smiles your way, up to £547,050 by our reckoning.
Play for Real Money
You will not be able to play this slot for play money or for free in the UK, because of UKGC regulations. You can play this game for real money at plenty of places though, including LeoVegas. This site has enough games to keep anyone entertained, plus many bonuses that you should really check out!
You start this game by choosing the size of your bet. This can be anything from £0.20 to £50.00. As mentioned above, all ways pay left-to-right as well as right-to-left for an initial 486 ways to win. Wins must consist of three identical symbols in sequence with the first symbol on reel one (left-to-right) or reel five (right-to-left). Wins are paid as a multiple of your bet size, as follows:
|Symbol||3 on a payline||4 on a payline||5 on a payline|
*We are calling this an orange ‘thing’ only because we have no idea what it is supposed to be!
This is the second game in the ‘PopWins’ series – the first being PopRocks – and the mechanic is the same. Any symbol that contributes to a win ‘pops’, the symbols above it fall down and TWO new symbols are added to the same reel. If you land a five-symbol win then the 5×3 grid will suddenly become a 5×4 grid with added ways to pay. With every successive win the same mechanic comes into play growing the playing area even further. The maximum number of rows that any reels can have is seven, and if you manage to create the 5×7 grid your winning paylines number will expand to 33,614! On any non-winning spin the number of rows is reset back to three.
Once you have landed three wins in a row, then you will trigger two random wilds that are added in random places on the reels and substitute for all other symbols. If you land a further three wins then another two random wilds are added, and so on.
If you managed to get to seven columns high then you are given three bonus lives. This means that every time you now experience a non-winning spin you lose a life, rather than having the reels reset back to 5×3.
Every symbol pop will add one light to the multiplier meter on the very left-hand edge of the screen. Once you have reached seven pops then the multiplier increases by one and all wins are multiplied by the multiplier value. If you create the 5×7 grid then this also increases the multiplier by one. The multiplier resets back to one upon any non-winning spin.
The highest paying symbol does not appear on the reels during normal play, but can be added to the reels after any single pop win.
Graphics and Sounds
As with any Yggdrasil Gaming title, this game is a visual delight. The symbols fall from above as opposed to rolling, and all perform actions when they pop. The playing card symbols jump up and down, and the ‘animal’ symbols chow down on the golden coin they all carry before exploding. As we have said before, we absolutely adore these tiny attentions-to-detail that Yggdrasil add to their games. This slot just looks soooooo good!
Musically the slot is absolutely top notch too. The background sounds are soothing piece with a calming Asian influence. It is just placed perfectly to add to this slots’ overall appeal. The rest of the bells, whistles, trills and tings fit in perfectly too. The only thing we don’t approve off is when the slot plays the Can-Can or the William Tell overture upon a big win!
No doubt the day will come when Yggdrasil Gaming release a slot that we don’t like, but that day has not arrived yet. Just like the recent Lucky Neko Gigablox, WIldPops is another classic title, one of the best new online slots for 2020.
Why not head to your casino of choice (or choose one as recommended by us) and get popping with the WildPops online slot?
Q. This game looks set up for mobile slots play. Can I play it on desktop?
A. Yes, we have to admit that this online slots game looks to have been designed for play on mobile devices, and it will work with all iOS and Android based devices. When we reviewed this slot we played it via a browser on a PC, so we can safely say that this game works that way too!
Q. I am not a fan of LeoVegas! Can I play this slot elsewhere?
A. How can you not be a fan of LeoVegas? It’s one of the best online slots sites there is! There are though, plenty of places that carry Yggdrasil’s games, so search yourself or get reading our slot site reviews.
Q. What was the other PopWins game? How come I have never heard of it?
A. The other PopWins game was called PopRocks and was released in March 2020, also by AvatarUX and released via Yggdrasil Gaming. If you like WildPops, then you will like PopRocks too!
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