A classic gaming experience with a modern twist awaits on the grid slot from Play’n GO. Wild Frames will see you collecting and upgrading wild symbols as well as charging the feature meter to unleash modifiers and score big wins of up to 7,000 times your bet. The studio has earned a reputation for grid slots by integrating continuously new pay mechanics and surprising features that built up the suspense and excitement for all types of gamers. On this creation, you get to witness sticky wild frames that accumulate multipliers yet stay inactive until you trigger the main feature, only to unleash them then in on single swoop.
Wild Frames is a 7×7 grid slot with cluster pays. Wins are awarded for five or more matching symbols connecting directly, either horizontally or vertically. Available on desktop or mobile, you can bet from 0.20 to 100 credits per spin. The game has maximum volatility (10/10) with an RTP of 96.50%. Some operators will offer the slot with a lower RTP setting of 94.50%, always read the help files to find out which version you will be playing.
A generic, dark purple background with a geometric structure stands in contrast to the bright pay symbols on a square grid that is flanked by the charge meter on one side and a win display on the left. Classic fruit machine symbols are mixed with card suits while a flashing W brings in the spice to the gameplay.
The pay symbols start at the low end with brown clubs, green spades, purple hearts and red diamonds, awarding 15x to 25x your bet for clusters of 30 or more symbols. They are followed by classic bells, stars, diamonds and 7s, each with a corresponding background to a low-value symbol. Hit 30+ clusters to win 75x to 500x your stake. A golden icon marked with a flashy “W” is the wild symbol, substituting for all other symbols. The game has no scatters or bonus symbols as the meter will act as the feature trigger.
We expected this title to be a grid slot when Play’n GO announced it a few months earlier and were anxiously looking forward to find out what they cooked up in their creative slot kitchen. We just devoured their latest branded Black Mamba game which borrowed some elements from the likes of Rise of Olympus or Tome of Madness and here we are unpacking the next piece of craftsmanship that propelled Play’n GO to one of the most liked game providers at online casinos.
Inherent to their grid slots is the cascading symbol mechanic where at the start of every spin sequence you’ll see a set of symbols dropping from the top on to the game window. Hit clusters of five or more symbols and you have a winner, which will then be removed while the remaining symbols tumble towards the bottom and new ones cascading down to fill the empty spaces. More winning clusters will keep the sequence going until no more wins occur after a cascade. Watch out on a losing spin or after a non-winning cascade as the game can randomly add four to six wilds to the grid, potentially creating new winning clusters.
As the name indicates, the wild symbol is playing a special role on this slot. Any appearing on the grid will create a sticky frame on the respective position. They will stay inactive until the Wild Frames feature is triggered. Should a wild land on a frame position, then it will upgrade the frame by adding a progressive multiplier, which will increase on each occasion by x1, up to a maximum of x9.
Next item to keep an eye on is the Charge Meter on the right of the game window. Every winning symbol will add one charge to the meter before it is removed from the grid. The meter has four thresholds – 20, 40, 60 and 80 – where it will trigger a range of modifiers as well as the main feature.
Surpassing the threshold of 80 charges within one spin sequence will trigger the Wild Frames feature. Any further 10 charges in the same sequence will add one extra sticky frames to the grid. Once activated, all frames in view will turn into wild symbols. For each winning cluster that includes frames with multipliers, only the highest will be used. The feature ends when no new wins occur.
Wild Frames looks like a simple game that conveys the charm of good ol’ fruit machines but don’t let the looks deceive you as it comes with maximum volatility. Plus, it has a heightened win cap of 7,000 times your bet, which is substantially more than the Play’n GO usual of 5,000x. I can foresee already the rollercoaster rides this slot will provide as it turns within a single spin from a balance-munching monster into a flashing mega win party. As always, some caution on the bet size is recommended with this type of game.