Most of us would agree that NextGen Gaming is particularly good at creating slots with unusual bonus features, and with Great Wild Elk, the company gives us a slot whose graphics capture the imagination and engage you with thrilling gameplay thanks to a trio of innovative bonuses.
There's Elk's Light which allows the low-value rune stones to magically transform into more valuable animal symbols. There's also a stacked wild symbol which is held fully stacked on Reel 3 during the Enduring Win Free Games Feature where you can increase the size of your payout by landing scatters on the reels.
Then, there's the Call of the Elk Re-Spin feature which awards extra high-value scatter symbols and generous cash rewards.
More about the Software Provider
NextGen Gaming is one of several subsidiaries of the world-renowned NYX Gaming Group. The company has been making high-quality slots and casino games since 1999, and you'll find these games both in land-based and online casinos where, in the case of the latter, they can be enjoyed in instant-play format on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.
Some of NextGen Gaming's biggest accomplishments over the years include Foxin' Wins, 1Can 2Can, Merlin's Magic Re-Spins, 300 Shields, Batman, Doctor Love, Genie Wild, Irish Eyes 2, Jackpot Jester 50,000, Medusa, Titan Storm, and Wolfpack Pays.
Appearance and Sound Effects
The setting for the Great Wild Elk slot is really quite breathtaking. In the distance, against the star-lit night sky, the Aurora Borealis shimmers and swirls.
A pathway cut through a dense forest leads towards an ancient tree with magical properties which also emanates a mysterious white-blue light, and the glowing circular shapes that dart between the trees indicate the presence of pixies. The inclusion of a New Age-style soundtrack of harps, bells, and synthesisers helps to completely immerse you in the fascinating surroundings.
The paytable symbols are a mix of mystical and magical creatures and objects, including rune stones, a Great Wild Elk, a squirrel, a snake, an eagle, and two elves.
Bonuses and Special Features
The namesake of this NextGen slot, the Great Wild Elk, represents the wild symbol and although it can only ever appear on the third reel, it can help you make winning combos by replacing all symbols except scatters.
Thanks to the Elk's Light Feature, which can occur at the beginning of any spin, all four of the low-value rune stone symbols can be turned into Snakes, Squirrels, Elves, Eagles or Squirrels.
The tree scatter symbol only appears on Reels 1, 2, 4, and 5, and four or more anywhere on the screen awards five hundred times your total bet.
Whenever the wild symbol is used in a win, it triggers the Enduring Win Free Games Feature which gives you four, five, six, seven, eight, nine or ten free spins. During this feature, the Elk is always stacked on Reel 3, and every wild win increases the Enduring Win value shown at the top of the screen. Each time that the scatter symbol comes into view, you receive the current Enduring Win prize.Once all of your free spins have been played, the Great Wild Elk slots game initiates the Call of the Elk Feature. Call of the Elk gives you unlimited re-spins where you can only win scatter symbols until no more scatters appear on the reels.
Last, but by no means least, there's the Gamble Feature. After any win, the red heart and black spade button just above the Spin button is lit up. If you click it, you have the chance to double your current win by guessing whether the face-down playing card is red or black or quadruple your win by correctly predicting the suit.
Great Wild Elk uses five reels, three rows of symbols, and ten paylines, and you can create wins from left to right across the reels. The game has an average RTP (Return to Player Rate) of 95.198%, and the top jackpot is worth £20,000.
The game is designed to work with desktops, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, and includes mobile-optimised game controls when played on mobile devices.
Great Wild Elk combines the majestic beauty of the elk with magical and mystical graphics and special features. As online slots go, the game's bonus features are particularly innovative, with Elk's Light allowing symbol transformations and Enduring Win Free Spins letting you super-size your winnings with frozen wilds and an increasing bonus prize that grows each time the scatter symbol appears.