Wild Yield Slot Review
Slot Provider: Relax Gaming
RTP: 96.12% | Variance: High | Maximum Win: 50,000x
Our Score: 8.4
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About Wild Yield
Published Date: 21st October 2022
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From spooky slots like Dead Man’s Trail to a game about the perils of crop farming, Relax Gaming are taking their fans on quite a journey right now! Wild Yield (released in November 2022) is another high variance game with a high maximum win value (50,000x) that beautifully weaves its gameplay around its theme using weather patterns to scatter wilds across the reels at various times. It looks innocent enough, but with its volatile maths model this game will appeal only to those who like their slots to be high risk for high reward and are as unpredictable as they are thrilling.
Wild Yield Game Information
- RTP: 96.12%
- Variance: High
- Maximum Win: 50,000x
- Progressive Jackpot: No
- Reels: 5
- Rows: 5
- Paylines: 259
- Minimum Stake: £0.10
- Theme: Nature
- Features: Cascading Wins, Free Spins, Wilds, Multiplier Wilds, Weather Symbols
What We Liked
- High top payout of 50,000x
- Innovative gameplay drops random wilds
- Great graphics and animations
- Cascading Wins bring successive payouts
What We Didn't like
- Very volatile so not for everyone
Wild Yield Review Scores
- Theme and Design 9
- RTP and Variance 7
- Maximum Win 9
- Symbols and Paytable 8
- Features and Gameplay 9
What Our Reviewer Says ...
"Fun, innovative action from a game provider on top form right now! Plenty of win cascades and multiplier wilds in a tempestuous slot!"
Overall Score: 8.4
Theme & Design
Our Score 9
Wild Yield is a cartoon-style slot with richly drawn graphics of an idyllic rural setting with blue skies, snow-capped mountains, windmills and rolling hills. To the left stands a sleepy scarecrow whose animating features reflect whatever is going on in the game at any moment. It looks tranquil but the game can quickly be beset with crazy weather patterns that bring all kinds of wild transformations and multiplier mayhem to the reels.
In the background an instrumental country twang player, interspersed with birds tweeting and cockerels crowing. It’s not subtle, but you know where you are, and it completes the picture nicely and its one of the more memorable-looking slots we’ve seen in recent times.
RTP and Variance
Our Score 7
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.
Wild Yield has three possible RTP settings: 96.12%, 94.0% or 90.0%. Which you play at is at the discretion of your casino. We checked the RTP at three UK slot sites that we regularly use. This is what we found:
- MrQ (independent): 96.12%
- Temple Nile (White Hat Gaming): 94%
- BacanaPlay (Skill on Net): 94%
If you want to get the best return on your wagering you should play at MrQ. If you play anywhere else then check the RTP settings on the game info screen before you start to be sure you are not playing at a low setting.
Or, if you are looking for better RTP from your Relax Gaming slot you could try Book of 99 (99% RTP), Epic Joker (97%) or Money Cart 2 (98%).
Like much of Relax Gaming’s output, this is very much a high variance game. The risk levels are high and the distribution of wins very uneven. The game can kick out some big win sequences in the free spins round where Weather Symbols bring in extra wilds with multipliers. But if you prefer a lower volatility from Relax you could try Erik the Red (96.95% RTP and low variance) or Dragon’s Awakening (96.96% RTP and medium variance).
Our Score 9
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 Wild Yield is 50,000x which puts this game up there with some of the best potential from Relax. There are more games from this studio with very high potential, including Money Train 3 (100,000x), Hellcatraz (51,840x) and Spacer Miners (50,000x).
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Symbols and Paytable
Our Score 8
This is a 5×5 grid game but it Is NOT a cluster pays slot. But it does have an interesting payline set up that we’ve not seen before. Wins are formed when identical symbols form a connecting line from left to right across the reels. To connect, symbols must appear on the same row or one above or below the row the matching symbol is on. In this way, lines snake across the grid in any direction. There are 259 lines that can be filled in this way.
The paytable is populated by plump fruits as well as different types of weather symbol that drop wilds onto the reels in weather patterns as we shall see. Values are small but remember that there are plenty of multipliers and many other ways to boost your payouts.
The lowest value symbols are the cards, Jack through to Ace, made from wood. These are valued at up to 1x for five on a line. The premiums are the fruit and vegetables – tomatoes, aubergines, lettuce and pumpkin, maxing out at 3x for five on a line.
Wilds are integral to the gameplay – they appear at any time on a normal spin and are also worth 3x for five on a line. And at other times, special Weather Symbols will cause other pay symbols to transform into wilds WITH multipliers attached to them.
Features and Gameplay
Our Score 9
Playing Wild Yield is an interesting experience. The game ticks over at a nice pace throughout the base game and bonus rounds. All of the time whilst you are playing you will be looking for wilds and weather symbols to land because these CAN boost your chance of landing significant wins.
But before we get to that, central to the gameplay is the Win Cascades feature.
These occur after EVERY winning spin. Normally, just winning symbols are removed from a grid in a win cascade. However, in Wild Yield, weather symbols AND bonus symbols are ALL removed from the reels as well. BUT … WILDS remain in place, and if they have a multiplier attached then it decreases by 1x. After these symbols are removed, new ones are dropped onto the reels to fill the gaps left behind. If more wins are created, then the process repeats … and so on until no more wins occur.
That’s all fine but the really ingenious part of Wild Yield is the way Weather Symbols impact the reels. They perform a unique function for a slot game in adding wilds and multipliers to existing wilds in specific patterns.
There are FIVE types – Tornado, Rain, Frost, Earthquake and Fire. Of these, the Fire symbols only appears in the bonus round. Each weather symbol has its own pattern that can be overlaid on the grid. When the weather symbol hits, ALL symbols within the pattern are transformed into Wilds AND any wild already within the pattern area is given a 1x multiplier booster. Tornado, Rain and Lightning add 3 Wilds each to the reels, whilst Earthquake and Frost and four, and Fire up to 10 Wilds!
On the other hand, wild multipliers are also depleted by 1x every time they form part of a win.
With 259 paylines to score wins on, we found in testing that every time a weather pattern landed we always scored a win of some kind. There are no guarantees of course, but the chances are high. The caveat is that weather symbols were relatively rare. They come maybe once in 20 spins at most.
Of course, there is also a free spins round. Now, being a high variance slot, Relax Gaming have weighted things so that the chances of hitting big wins are greater at this point thanks to a unique Wild Board feature.
The first free spins round is triggered by landing 3 scatters. That gets you SIX free spins, and one additional free spin for every extra scatter more than the three.
Now, the Wild Board to the left of the reels comes into play. Each time a position on the grid turns wild, the corresponding position is marked on the board. Then, if a Weather Symbol lands ANYWHERE on the grid, those positions shown in the grid all take an extra Wild (with multiplier) in their corresponding positions on the reels.
But that’s not all. In an effort to keep things fair, if you fail to hit 10 Weather Symbols in your free spins round, Relax Gaming give you the chance to BUY one more spin to get more. If you do so, then the status of wilds on the grid and positions on the board are carried over and you can keep buying spins until 10 Weather Symbols have landed.
The Final Verdict
Wild Yield is a exciting game proposition from Relax. We absolutely love the design. The rolling hills and cheeky scarecrow set the scene well, and the transitions from summer to autumn and sunny to stormy are an accurate reflection of the volatility of this game too.
In terms of gameplay, it may take some time to get comfortable with Wild Yield as it showcases new mechanics, but it certainly has the potential to be a long-term favourite amongst fans of the studio. The weather symbols were infrequent in testing but always brought wins of some kind when they landed. Unfortunately, we were unable to trigger the free spins. However, it is not hard to see where this game can take you if you are fortunate enough to unlock that bonus. The name of the game is adding as many wilds to the reels as possible, and with the Wild Board in play and the opportunity to land a Fire Weather pattern with up to 10 wilds, getting close to a full screen of wilds with multipliers just might happen. And that of course could bring the massive 50,000x top win into view.
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