3 Buzzing Wilds Slot Review
Slot Provider: Pragmatic Play
RTP: 96.03% | Variance: High | Maximum Win: 5,000x
Our Score: 8.2
About 3 Buzzing Wilds
Reviewed by: Mark Wadie
Published Date: 11th July 2023
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3 Buzzing Wilds is a 5 reel and 20 payline slot from Pragmatic Play with a wildlife theme. The game is all about landing 3 types of wild symbols – randoms, expanders and surrounding wilds. Each one increasing your chances of scoring wins. There is also a free spins round with the option to choose which type of wild is active. Top win in this super-volatile game is 5,000x.
3 Buzzing Wilds Game Information
- RTP: 96.03%, 95.01%, 94.05%
- Variance: High
- Maximum Win: 5,000x
- Progressive Jackpot: No
- Reels: 5
- Rows: 4
- Paylines: 20
- Minimum Stake: £0.20
- Theme: Wildlife
- Features: Wilds, Expanding Wilds, Random Wilds, Surrounding Wilds, Free Spins
3 Buzzing Wilds Review Scores
- Gameplay and Features 8
- Maximum Win 8
- Theme and Design 9
- Paytable 8
- RTP and Variance 8
What Our Reviewer Says ...
"A highly volatile bee-based game that can burn you quick but has potential to flip and deliver in style on a good day"
Our Score: 8.2
3 Buzzing Wilds Pros and Cons
What We Liked
- Choose your own bonus round
- Wilds are sticky for free spins
- Enchanting atmosphere and design
- Simple slot to understand
What We Didn't like
- Low max payout at 5,000x
- No free spins re-triggers
- Some casinos run the game at lower RTP
Theme & Design
Our Score 9
3 Buzzing Wilds is an enchanting game that will suit those who like to escape into a calming, pastoral atmosphere! The slot is set in a sun-dappled meadow with bright flowers, butterflies fluttering and sunbeams bursting through trees. The character symbols, except the frowning ladybird, are all smiling and animate in cute ways when they land as part of a win. And in the background a pleasant little soundtrack ticks along.
Don’t forget though that despite its pleasant exterior, 3 Buzzing Wilds is a ruthless, high variance game!
RTP and Variance
Our Score 8
What is RTP?RTP (Return to Player) refers to the amount a game will pay out in cash prizes expressed as a percentage of all the money wagered on that game. For example, a 96% RTP means a game will pay out £96 for every £100 wagered. This is an average number and will vary from one session to the next. Read more here.
What is Variance?Variance refers to how far a game will deviate from its RTP over time. High variance games deviate a lot and produce uneven win distributions and unexpected windfalls. Low variance games provide a more stable and even distribution of wins. Read more here.
3 Buzzing Wilds has 3 available RTP settings – 96.03%, 95.01% or 94.05%. Which you play at is at the discretion of your casino.
Our own research has shown that the best slot site to offer Pragmatic Play slots at consistently optimum RTP settings is MrQ. We recommend that you play there this game there if RTP is an important stat for you.
This is also a highly volatile game rated 5/5 on Pragmatic Play’s own scale and giving it a similar maths model to recent releases like Wisdom of Athena.
Our Score 8
What Is Maximum Win?Maximum win refers to the maximum amount a player can win from one spin. It is expressed as a multiple of the stake. For example, where the maximum win is 100,000x, from a £1 stake, the maximum win would be £100,000.
The maximum payout in 3 Buzzing Wilds is just 5,000x. This is not unusual for Pragmatic Play who regularly release high variance games with a 5,000x cap, like the recent Hellvis Wild. However, if you are looking for more potential reward you could try Spellbinding Mystery with a top payout of 10,000x, or Smugglers Cove, also capped at 10,000x.
Symbols and Paytable
Our Score 8
3 Buzzing Wilds is a 5 reel and 4 row slot with 20 active paylines on each spin. Wins are triggered by landing 3 or more identical symbols on the reels from left to right.
The paytable shows 8 standard pay symbols with small payouts at the low end rising up to some very tasty numbers at the top of the premiums, and useful pay outs for Wilds and Scatters too.
Low payers are the Jack to Ace, starting at 0.25x for 3 Jacks on a line, up to 5x for 5 Aces on a line. Premiums are the insects – butterfly, caterpillar, ladybird and bee. These are valued at from 1.5x for 3 butterflies up to 50x for 5 bees.
There is a Wild too which substitutes for other symbols to complete winlines and pays out 5x, 10x and 15x for 3, 4 or 5 on a line. And a bee hive scatter which is required to a unlock the free spins rounds and also pays out 2x, 10x and 50x for 3, 4 or 5 on a line.
Features and Gameplay
Our Score 8
As the name suggests, this game is all about 3 versions of the common or garden Wild symbol. They appear at random in the base game, then become sticky in each of the 3 free spins rounds.
3 Special Wilds
Remember, wilds substitute for other symbols to complete winlines. So, the more that appear on the reels, the higher your chances of winning.
Random Wilds are simply added at random to the reels at any point in the base game.
Expanding Wilds are standard wilds that expand to full reel height at random in the base game to trigger wins.
When a Surrounding Wild lands (distinguished by the bee character displayed across it), all positions around it on the reels will transform into wilds too.
3 Free Spins Options – Choose Your Wild!
The free spins round allows you to choose the game configuration for your spins, each configuration utilising one of the above wild options. You’ll need at least 3 scatters to land at once to trigger the round.
Random Wilds Option – you get 10 spins with random wilds added on EVERY spin. This time, they stick to the end of the round.
Expanding Wilds Option – you get 8 spins in which any wild to land expands to full reel height and sticks to the end of the round.
Surrounding Wilds Option – you get 6 spins in which surrounding wilds that land trigger all adjacent positions to transform into wilds and remain wild for the remainder of the round.
There is NO chance to re-trigger free spins in 3 Buzzing Wilds.
The Final Verdict
Our Score 8.2
3 Buzzing Wilds is a contrary beast – on outward appearances you imagine that you are in for a pleasant slots experience, lulled by its playful characters, warm atmosphere and promise of 3 different ways for a Wild to help you score wins. As well as a free spins round where YOU get to choose your own configuration.
But in truth this is no mild-mannered game and Pragmatic Play’s 5/5 volatility rating is no mistake. In our test session we played 200 spins on3 Buzzing Wilds and came back with zero free spins rounds, not one Expanding Wild, barely a Surrounding Wild in site, and only a smattering of Random Wilds. It was a tough 20 minutes for sure, though the game’s fun style did at least keep us engaged throughout.
Of course, on the other hand, this also tells you that 3 Buzzing Wilds is saving a lot back for the times when it does finally change gears and start delivering. And it’s entirely reasonable to imagine that on a good day, with sticky Surrounding Wilds or Expanding Wilds it will be possible to practically fill the screen with wilds and hit a huge pay out.
So, in short, a good, but very volatile game, and one with potential. We recommend that you go in with eyes open and set your stake to a reasonable level to avoid getting burned too quick. Good luck!
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