Shields of the Wild Slot Machine
Ready for battle? If you’re a fan of medieval-themed slot machines and you want some action, prepare yourself for the ultimate slot by NextGen. Their newest release will leave you speechless. The gallant army general is hungry for victory, and as you help him go through it, you take advantage of several features that will bring glorious wins to you, too. Knowing NextGen’s attention to detail, you can rest assured that the game has high-quality visuals and great performance.
There are six features you can take advantage of in the Shields of the Wild slot. You can benefit from the Wild, the Scatter, the Upgrade Symbol, the Re-Trigger Bonus, the Marching Stacks Feature and the Shield Wall Feature.
The Wild is the game logo and as you would assume, it replaces all symbols except for the scatter. However, the Wild also upgrades symbols in order to complete possible winning combos.
The Scatter is the Sword Handle, displayed on a red background. Landing 3 or more Sword Handles will trigger the Marching Stacks Feature. The Sword Handle on a blue background, though, is the Upgrade Symbol that upgrades stacks during the Marching Stacks Feature.
The Marching Stacks Feature is the most rewarding of all. As soon as you trigger it with the scatters, a stack of symbols will appear on the fifth reel. Now, the more scatters you landed when you triggered it, the higher paying symbols will appear on the reel. If there’s no upgrade there, the stack of symbols will move one reel to the left. The stack of symbols will then match the stack that was added to the 5th reel.
If one or more upgrade symbols appears to land on a spin, the stack stays where it is and does not move. For every upgrade, though, the stack symbols get upgraded to the next-in-line higher symbol. The Marching Stacks feature gets deactivated when all five reels are completely filled by stacked symbols.
And finally, you have the Re-Trigger Bonus that can actually retrigger the deactivated Marching Stacks Feature, and the Shield Wall Feature that upgrades all symbols, bar the scatter and the wild, in the next-in-line higher paying symbol up to 8x.
Theme & Design
The Shields of the Wild is a battlefield-inspired slot, from medieval times. You can see a knight and a king, all sorts of shields, swords, and a grass-field floodplain in the background. It has an autumn feel, and it perfectly captures the medieval period in general. The slot is visually-appealing and the gameplay is pretty engaging.
Wagering & Paylines
There are 10 active paylines and the minimum bet is $0.10, while the maximum is $100.00. This means that the minimum bet per line is $0.01 and the maximum is $10.
Now, when it comes to the maximum payout, you actually have the maximum potential of winning 250x your stake. That means that for the maximum bet you can get up to $25,000 per spin. The RTP is decent, 96.53%.
With extraordinary graphics, visual effects, a nice RTP and several impressive features, the slot has the potential to become one of the best NextGen’s works. Players get the unique Marching Stacks, Shield Wall feature and Upgrade symbol to increase their winnings and get up to the maximum payout of 250x their stake. This well-designed slot has all that we need to recommend it to the most enthusiastic slot players.