Born Wild Review

From Hacksaw Gaming

Hacksaw re-released Born Wild in July 2022 with a balanced, medium variance and much lower 2,500 top win, but the super-cool skater stylings remain. Look out for Lion symbols that trigger re-spins and the Free Spins symbols that trigger 10 free plays with Sticky Wilds throughout. Less risky than most Hacksaw games but a lot of fun besides.



Name:  Born Wild

Developer:  Hacksaw Gaming

Paylines:  26

Reels:  5

Rows:  4

RTP:  94.25%

Variance:  Medium

Top Payout:  2,500x

Jackpot:  No

Release Date:  July 2022 (Re-Launch)

Features:  Wilds, Sticky Wilds, Re-Spins, Free Spins

About This Slot

Back in June 2021, Hacksaw Gaming, then still relatively early in their journey to high-risk superstars, released Born Wild, a highly volatile slot with a top prize of £10,000,000. Perhaps it was just too volatile to gain traction with slots players because a year later, in July 2022, Hacksaw re-released it with a toned-down variance and a far more realistic top win of 2,500x. The result is a cool, skater-style game with the same graffiti styling that you find in slots like Break Bones, and a balanced pay model that will appeal to a wider audience than the original.

Born Wild Highlights Video – Real Play With 347x Win

We played Born Wild for real money at Casumo. This highlights video includes a free spins round with 12 sticky wilds and a 347x win. Find more highlights videos on our You Tube channel.

RTP, Variance and Top Payout

Born Wild RTP is 94.25%. This was verified in the game at Casumo which you can see in the screenshot below. This is a lower-than-average RTP but it is not unusual for Hacksaw which mainly run at around 94.2% in the UK.

Born Wild RTP From Casumo

We verified the RTP of Born Wild at Casumo

Born Wild was originally a notoriously volatile game with an outrageously high win potential, but since launch its re-vamp it is now rated as medium-variance and offers a relatively low top payout of just 2,500x. This is lower in comparison to other mid-variance games from this studio like Fruit Duel (3,333x) or Gronk’s Gems (7,500x).

Symbols and Graphics

The game grid here is a 5 reel and 4 row set up with wins formed by landing 3 or more identical symbols along one of 26 paylines from left to right.

Never ones to do things the traditional way, instead of using symbols, Hacksaw have opted for animal noises to represent the low payers on the reels: Howl, Claw, Hiss, Grrr, Roar! These are valued at from 0.1x for three Howls up to 1x for five Roars. The premiums are the animals themselves: snake, lion, gorilla, rhino, wolf. These are valued at between 0.5x for 3 wolves up to 15x for 5 snakes.

Wild symbols are also available and these substitute for all others to complete win lines as well as paying up a 50x prize if 5 land on a payline.

What We Like

  Original, skater-style design
  Sticky wilds in free spins round
  Balanced pay model for regular wins
  Cool bass-funk soundtrack

What We Don't Like

  Less multipliers than other HG slots
  Lower top payout than most HG games

Gameplay and Features

As well as the standard symbols there are also TWO special symbols in this game – the Lion and the Free Spins Lion. Each triggers a special feature.

The Lion’s Roar, Re-Spins and Potential 2,500x Win

Firstly, you have the Lion’s Roar. This will be triggered by landing the Lion three or more times on one spin in the base game. Now Lions are sticky and re-spins keep happening until no more new Lions drop. At this point, your Lions convert to Wilds and THREE more spins are credited.

This has big potential as theoretically you could fill the entire screen with Lions and trigger the max 2,500x payout.

Get Free Spins With Sticky Wilds

The free spins round is triggered by landing the Free Spins symbol three or more times on one spin. This round is simple – ALL wilds stick through out and you get 10 free spins.


Boom or Bust? What Happened When We Played Born Wild

You can check out the highlights video from a 30-minute real money session playing Born Wild at Casumo Casino further up this page. It’s a fun play. I like the skater-style Hacksaw bring to their games and the action ticked along at a good pace with a few low value wins, lion roars and not much else for the first 100 or so spins.

Then the Free Spins round triggered and things got interesting … With just 10 spins, if you get lucky like I did and land enough Wilds early on – remember they stick – you can score some decent payouts. Overall, I had 12 positions Wild on the grid and ended the round was a 347x which is OK.

So, not a bad run though the other feature – Lion’s Roar – never triggered for me.


More Games Like Born Wild Slot

Chaos Crew by Hacksaw Gaming – If you are into the Hacksaw style we see in Born Wild – monochrome backgrounds and splashes of neon colors and graffiti – but want the volatility dialled up then dive into Chaos Crew: 5 reels, 5 rows and 15 lines of high variance mayhem. Wilds and multipliers aplenty drives wins up to 10,000x potential.

Break Bones by Hacksaw GamingAlternatively, keep things simpler with this medium variance 3 reel, 3 row game with a 3,333x top win. It’s an edgy little game that utilises the Echo Spins feature from Itero with global multipliers of up to 100x.


Where to Play Born Wild Slot – Further Recommendations

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Our Verdict

The Born Wild re-boot showcases Hacksaw’s ability to create excellent mid-variance slots to sit alongside their mind-bendingly volatile games. This slot has everything we love about this studio – including cool artwork, leftfield design and features (never seen symbols replaced by animal noises!) and ace gameplay. Born Wild is essentially a very simple slot that comes down to converting as many lions as possible into wilds in the Lion’s Roar or scoring as many sticky wilds as possible in the free spins round. It’s no Hand of Anubis, but if you are looking for a more balanced game, Born Wild makes a good choice.



Original style, cool theme and artwork and potential to deliver nice wins with sticky wilds. A worthwhile re-boot from Hacksaw!