Review of Wolverine Slots
Many years ago I used to steal my older brothers’ comic books and read them in the backyard, and Marvel comics were always my favorite. I didn’t care whatsoever when I would get teased by the neighbor’s kids for reading them, or that my brothers would get angry when they caught me. For some reason I always liked the superheroes that had a mean-streak to them, which is how I became a fan of Wolverine.
Playing Wolverine Slots takes me back to those fun days, so I have to warn you that this review is going to be a little bit biased. Although I tried to be objective with the graphics, soundtrack, and bonus round, I just couldn’t be too hard on it. Please note that there is an older version of Wolverine Slots that was released many years ago, and that this review is about the newer version.
If you ask any 10 comic book fans who the coolest character ever is, it’s guaranteed that at least 8 of them will say Wolverine, and rightfully so. This game honors that legacy.
The following screenshots tell you everything you need to know about the look and feel of this game. Any Wolverine comic book fans will agree that Playtech did a good job of staying true to the appearance of the characters and objects from the graphic novels.
Born at the end of the 19th century in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada, James Howlett eventually became known by the names of “Logan”, and eventually “Wolverine”. Although there has been much debate over the years as to whether Wolverine was more man or more animal, there is zero debate among experts that he is by far one of the coolest Marvel characters ever.
Wolverine eventually becomes a member of the crime-fighting X Men along with fellow mutants Nightcrawler, Storm, Magneto, and numerous others. His main weapon consists of foot long razor blades which protrude from his hands due to his hardened skeleton, which resulted from an injection of Adamantium. He can also heal extremely quickly if wounded.
Wolverine Slots stays true to both the comic, and the blockbuster movie starring Hugh Jackman, and references him in both human and animal form. However, this is where the similarities end. For some reason Playtech opted not to include any of Wolverine’s main rivals such as Sabertooth, Lady Deathstrike, Gorgon, Silver Samurai or Cyclops. Therefore, this slot game only follows James Hollet’s physical and emotional transformation into Wolverine.
As a rule, any slots game that uses symbols for Ace all the way through 9 bothers me because I feel that there should be as many unique symbols as possible, and certainly not a “9”. It would have been quite easy to add one of Wolverine’s enemies, or one of his mutant X Men partners, or even an ally that he occasionally teams up with like Captain America or The Hulk.
However, we’ve seen this type of stingy character usage before with other Marvel slots games, like Daredevil Slots, which also uses a “9” as a symbol so we shouldn’t be totally surprised at the lack of creativity.
- J (Jack)
- Q (Queen)
- K (King)
- A (Ace)
- Claw Punching Through a Wall
- Syringe with Adamantium
- DNA Helix
- Berserker Rage
- James Howlett Flexing and Admiring His Body
- Wolverine Logo
- Wolverine Slash (scatter)
- Wolverine Himself (Wild Symbol)
- Wolverine Dog Tags
3 or more Adamantium syringes triggers the Free Games Mode. Please ensure that you don’t confuse Adamantium for something that singer Adam Ant invented – writer Roy Thomas actually invented this fictitious metal in 1969, a decade before Adam Ant launched his singing career. Wikipedia claims that after his discharge from a mental hospital the singer renamed himself Adam Ant because, “Adam” was the first man, and “Ant” because “they are resilient little buggers”. So there you go – the similarity is purely a coincidence.
The Wolverine Wild Symbol appears as a single, double, or triple symbol depending on if you get stacked wilds. There are 3 different images of the superhero, in 3 different poses.
The Wolverine Slots game is of course part of the “Marvel Mystery Jackpot“, and is linked to all other participating slots games that are based on Marvel comics. However, this progressive jackpot is won at random with no warning, and no requirements. It is worth noting that in the game rules it clearly states that “the higher the bet, the bigger the chances of entering the jackpot game.” You can choose whether to view this is as “exciting” or “frustrating” – I personally fall somewhere in the middle.
The jackpot round consists of a 4×5 grid of cards that you can choose from until you match 3 of the same prize. The 4 different jackpots that you can win, going from lowest to highest, are “Power“, “Extra Power“, “Super Power“, and “Ultimate Power“. The smallest jackpot is usually around a few hundred coins, and the largest is hundreds of thousands.
When you hit 3 Adamantium syringes anywhere on the reels they glow and tell you that you’ve won free spins, and then the large metal door behind the reels opens and Wolverine hungrily runs into the exposed darkness. During the Free Spins Mode you are on the hunt for the Adamantium syringe symbols because they will freeze all of the Wolverine symbols, which are Wilds, and help you to win huge amounts of bonus money. The frozen Wilds will stay on the reels until they are matched with other Wilds, which obviously result in big wins. It’s actually not that uncommon to hit 5 of a Kind multiple times while in the Wolverine Slots bonus round – I can say that with confidence because I have done it myself!
There is also a “Berzerker Rage Feature” which is triggered when the symbol falls on the 5th reel. However what happens depends on which row that the Berzerker Rage symbol fell on. There is a re-spin and if the Berzerker Rage was on the top row, Wolverine will dish out 2, 3, or 4 Wild Symbols along that row. If the Rage symbol landed on the middle row, Wolverine will give you 3, 4, or 5 Wild Symbols along that row. And finally if the Rage symbol hit on the bottom row, Wolverine will change the symbols on 2 of the reels and reward you instead with stacked Wilds. As you can see, it’s one of the better Bonus Rounds that you will find in a slot game online.
The graphics for this latest version of Wolverine Slots are a massive improvement from the original version of this game that was released many years ago. The symbols are all well done, and the visual effects on the Wilds and Scatters are straight out of a movie.
That said, it still kind of feels like one of those old Sega Genesis or X Box video games that my sons used to play in the early 90s. I actually like that aspect of it though, since nowadays many comic and science fiction slot games go way over the top in their graphics and videos.
Audio & Soundtrack
The soundtrack for Wolverine Slots is pretty good if you like up-tempo, techno-style music. It reminds me of the dance music that my kids used to listen to – when I asked them the names of the bands so I include them in this review, they told me that it was the Chemical Brothers and Prodigy…whoever they are!? Anyway, you do find yourself head bobbing along to the beat, especially the intense rhythm of the Free Spins Mode.
In regards to the audios, after a large win in Free Spins Mode, Wolverine eyes up the coins as they fly at the screen and when they are done being tabulated he lets out a deep laugh before the game continues. Also, the sound effects when 2 Adamantium syringes hit on the reels get really intense as the anticipation builds to see if a 3rd one lands, which will of course take you to the bonus round.
Casual fans of Wolverine will be very happy with this slot game, and diehard fans of the comic book will absolutely love it. This is due to the fun bonus rounds, progressive jackpot, and the overall look and feel of the game. Because Playtech ignored the movie version of Wolverine and stuck to the comic version of the character, I think the end product ended up being better.
For those who have only a passing fancy for the Wolverine character, there is still enough going on in this game to keep you entertained. Heck, the Marvel Progressive Jackpot alone is enough reason to give it a try. The good news is that either way you will know more about yourself after playing this game – because if you don’t like playing Wolverine Slots, you simply don’t like playing comic book-themed games. Just my biased opinion!
Bonus Video of Wolverine
So it is true that the wolverine is one of the most deadly creatures out there, however they can also be quite sociable and loving. Here is an interesting documentary about wolverines that I watched on PBS a little while ago. I am posting it here for you to watch because I still can’t believe that someone actually raised two orphaned wolverines and that he still plays with them like house cats. Enjoy!