Take notice, moviegoers: ELK Studios’ Miss Wildfire has nothing to do with the Robin Williams movie in which he plays a nanny so he can spend more time with his kids. However, even if that were the case, the game wouldn’t be much odd. Luckily, a sorrowful backstory is available to set the mood. Edgar Woodart came to this conclusion after devoting his life to the study of alchemy but ultimately failing at it. Through deep thought, he creates his sole buddy, the vivacious Miss Wildfire, in his blazing fireplace. Like in a suspenseful novel, an intriguing mystery remains unanswered. Is Miss Wildfire an actual person or the creation of a someone on the verge of a catatonic breakdown?
We know that Miss Wildfire is played on a board with 6 reels, 4 rows, and 466 possible ways to win. Woodart’s laboratory is where the alchemical work is done, albeit you won’t be able to see much of it. The symbols are enormous, dominating the scene, yet here and there we catch glimpses of the different scientific implements strewn about. Much of the thrill, especially during bonus spins, comes from the music. There are voices, heavy guitar, and intense electronic dance music. For instance, the music will change to a party building effect just before a scatter lands, similar to when a strobe light goes crazy and the crowd starts feverishly sniffing nitrous oxide. While respins sound like they were taken from a Bar Mitzvah, free spins are more like a Eurovision mashup between DJ Bobo and Lordi. Weird, but it does the trick.
Any gadget may be used to study alchemy, and bets range from 20 pence to £/€100 each spin. The numbers indicate that Miss Wildfire is more popular among casual consumers than among serious gamblers. The 96.1% RTP should be plenty for most players, while the 6/10 volatility may be too much for others. More over one-fifth of spins (22.9%) result in a hit, while the features, which occur much less frequently but are extremely successful since they give Miss Wildfire’s many aspects a chance to work together, do so.
Symbols, like that happy piece of lumber, are a part of it. Contrary to popular belief, the wood log really serves an important purpose despite being the table’s lowest paying symbol. Following logs in importance are a series of 10-A symbols, a prism, a cube with a flower within, and a ruby. The payouts for these last three symbols range from 2.5 times to 10 times the wager for a full house.
Slot Machine Features in Miss Wildfire
Miss Wildfire’s worst flaw is that the game’s lowest paying symbol might trigger its biggest payouts on occasion. To elaborate, a flame representing the standard wild emblem causes a wildfire to spread as it lands. Any log symbols that are horizontally or vertically near to a wildfire will also go wild.
The Miss Wildfire emblem is both free-spirited and mobile. In the regular game, Miss Wildfire will trigger a respin and move to the left by one reel whenever she appears. Miss Wildfire symbols that fall off the reels’ leftmost position trigger additional respin awards. Miss Wildfire icons ignite neighboring log icons, converting them into wildfire icons. There may be a Super Miss Wildfire variant out there. While she is doing respins, this one also makes non-burning log symbols sticky. If Miss Wildfires appears on the screen, the scatter symbols on any reels she can see will be locked in place, increasing your chances of entering the bonus round.
Free spins featuring an additional set of 1, 2, 3, or 4 Miss Wildfires symbols are triggered by landing 3, 4, 5, or 6 scatters in the main game. Each free spin will move these symbols to the left by one position. They will begin on the rightmost reel. As long as any Miss Wildfire or Super Miss Wildfire symbols remain in view throughout the bonus round, more free spins will be awarded. In addition, a gauge meter on the screen’s right side keeps track of the number of log symbols landed. When the collecting gauge reaches a certain point, low pay symbols change to log symbols. After an update, the Miss Wildfire icons on the rightmost reel will change to reflect the current game state. When the last low-paying Ace symbol is changed, logging stops.
Slot Judgment for Miss Wildfire
Miss Wildfire is a quirky slot machine that shows off a new side of ELK thanks to its Quickspin-like aesthetic. The creators seem to have thrown a variety of concepts, sprites, and features into a hat, drawn a handful at random, and then decided to run with that. You can tell that ELK wasn’t just trying to be odd for the sake of weirdness in Miss Wildfire since the tale makes sense as a whole. The game may not be everyone’s cup of orange mocha Frappuccino, but it does have its share of enjoyable moments in the features.
Aside from the theme, triggering one or more of the features early on will be the primary factor in determining how much you enjoy the game. Lucky for us, we were able to get our hands on some free spins and see out for ourselves just how entertaining Miss Wildfire can be. It was exciting when the collecting mechanism went into action, transforming symbols to add additional Miss Wildfires to the board and a deluge of logs. It resulted in several burning wood wilds, a few good payouts, and a bonus round that lasted for a satisfyingly long time. The second session was less successful, with even basic wild characteristics like walking taking an extremely long time to develop. In that instance, the pace of the game slowed down a bit, but that’s to be expected from any slot game, not just Miss Wildfire.
When the number of available paylines is low, the feeling that any game employing a 6×4 layout should have gone with a 4096 win-all-ways approach is inevitable. Otherwise, why have a longer reel set? Although the potential is high, ELK has responded to some criticism by raising the bar to 5,000x from 2,500x. Overall, Miss Wildfire is an anomaly worth trying if you’re in the mood for something unusual, if only to hear Woodart’s wide-ranging musical tastes.