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Walking Wilds

Walking Wilds is a fun slots feature found in newer 3D slots from Scandinavian developer, NetEnt.

Essentially, they are bonus Wilds which shift along the reels as the remaining symbols respin for free. The player receives free respins as long as a Walking Wild remains in view. Any Wild that completes a winning combo will pay out.

Walking Wilds appear in other manufacturers' games - typically known as Shifting, or Moving Wilds - but nowhere do they award so many bonuses as they do in NetEnt games.

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  • Earn free respins as the Walking Wilds complete winning combinations.
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  • Enjoy Walking Wilds in the latest 3D online slots

What are Walking Wilds?

In normal online slots, Wilds are substituting symbols which replace other icons to help complete paylines.

Wilds can be static, expand to fill a whole reel, or appear 'Stacked' on top of one another. They may also have a multiplier attached to bump any wins.

Essentially, Walking Wilds work in a similar way to Shifting Wilds: they appear in the bonus round and shuffle along one reel at a time before disappearing off the reels. As long as they appear on the reels the player will earn respins. That means with a Walking Wild you never have to pay for the spin - it's a great way to get free spins without hitting three Scatters on the reels.

Finding Walking Wilds Slots

Heading to a casino with NetEnt slots is the best way to find Walking Wilds. They work slightly differently from game to game and are usually affected by the way the bonus rounds operate.

  • The Invisible Man (NetEnt)

NetEnt's big themed slots was produced in conjunction with Universal. Based on the classic 1931 Hollywood shocker, The Invisible Man looks like a standard 5-reel slot, but there are some interesting additions.

The 20-payline slot plays both ways, and features two special Wilds which "walk" along the reels. The Police Wild appears on Reel 1 and moves right after each of five re-spins until it vanishes off the reels. Similarly, the Griffin Wild starts on Reel 5 and moves one place left after every re-spin.

If the two Walking Wilds MEET on the reels the player is awarded 10 free spins. During this free spins bonus, the Walking Wilds appear on ALL reels, not just Reels 1 and 5. If the symbols meet again, players earn a further four spins.

There's a further bonus attached to the Walking Wilds. If the Wilds appear during the Free Spins round, a special meter will fill above the reels. Complete the meter and you will trigger a second bonus round.

  • Jack and the Beanstalk (NetEnt)

Walking Wilds also appear in Jack and the Beanstalk, but they can appear anywhere during the base game.

The Wild will work its way left, one reel at a time, and the reels will respin for free until it disappears. Walking Wild wins have a 3x multiplier attached.

The free spins round - triggered by landing three or more Scatters anywhere - doesn't feature any Walking Wilds but players can benefit from Stacked Wilds and Expanding Wilds.

Are Walking Wilds Good For Players?

Because you forego traditional Wilds, Walking Wilds can make slots fairly volatile. However, if you hit enough of the special symbols you can be looking at a huge number of free spins.

Just one Walking Wild triggers re-spins, but if the Wilds meet (not so common) 10 free spins with EXTRA Walking Wilds can be earned.

Like Walking Wilds? Try These...

Shifting Wilds (Playtech)

Playtech slots like Dolphin Cash feature a Shifting Wild that appears on the fifth reel. It moves along to the left one reel at a time until it vanishes.

Sliding Wilds (NextGen)

Developer, NextGen, has a fun feature in its Easy Slider slot where players get to choose which reel has Stacked Wilds and multipliers. Effectively, you are dictating how you want the symbols to fall.

Shifting Reels (NetEnt)

Another NetEnt innovation is Shifting Reels, where the entire reel moves to the right. The reel left behind is then re-spun for free. The more consecutive wins you hit, the higher your prize multiplier goes. Regular Wilds can also land to help complete the winning combos.

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