Wild Gambler is a 20-line slot with an African Wildlife theme. The game features a freespins bonus game and also has a feature where the player can choose to keep wilds from one spin to the next with a different cost for the spin based on where the wilds are.
In 'Lock & Spin' any wild symbols that were on the screen will be locked so they stay for the next spin and just the other symbols will be changed.
Because keeping wild symbols will increase the chance of getting wins (and guarantee wins in some cases) then the cost of doing this is much higher than a normal spin.
The cost is shown above the 'Lock & Spin' button and will vary depending on where the wilds are on the reels.
If the cost for the spin has gone up a lot compared with the normal spin then when the 'Lock & Spin' button is pressed a warning message will be shown asking if you want to continue.
As with a normal spin, all wins are based on the stake per line value (not the total cost paid to spin).
The first time you select Lock & Spin a message will be shown asking if you are sure you want to make this bet as the stake is higher than the normal spin stake. There will also be a checkbox asking if you want new wilds to be automatically locked for the next Lock & Spin (which is the default) or to instead only keep the selected wilds. If any new wilds that appear on the reels are locked then the stake for the next Lock & Spin will increase accordingly (due to the greater chance of wins).
The setting for if new wilds should be automatically locked or not can be changed from the Options menu at any time.
You can change which symbols are locked wilds for the next spin by clicking the symbols on the reels.
Clicking a wild symbol will remove it (so the 'Lock & Spin' will cost less).
Clicking a normal symbol will change it to a locked Wild (so the 'Lock & Spin' will cost more).
You can also reduce the cost of the 'Lock & Spin' by using the down arrow to the right of the 'Lock & Spin' stake value. (Note that this will not go through all the combinations of wilds that are possible but will show several of them so there is a variety of stakes to choose from). The up arrow will appear after using the down arrow to allow you to go back to a previous wild combination. The arrows will not be visible if there are no wilds on the reels.
You can save your favourite (or previous) wild layout in the options so that the next time you start the game these are set up straight away.
Note: The data for what your last wild layout was or your default saved wild layout is saved in a local shared object ("Flash Cookie") on your computer. This means if you play the game on a different computer it will not have your saved wild layout. Only details of the wilds are stored- no other data at all.
By selecting 'AUTO PLAYS' on the main game you can choose to place up to 99 bets automatically, one after the other. Alternatively you can choose to select "UNTIL BONUS" and then Auto Play will continue until the free spin bonus round is triggered. Select your stake as normal then press the 'AUTO PLAYS' button to select the number of 'Auto Play' bets you want before clicking the 'PLAY' button.
Auto Play will turn off if you get into the Free spins bonus or do not have enough funds for the next bet.
You can stop Auto Play from continuing onto the next spin by clicking the 'STOP' button at the bottom of the screen.
Auto Play will not lock any wilds - it will just play a normal spin.
BETTING HISTORY: Select this from the OPTIONS menu to display a log of the previous games in the current session showing your bets placed and the outcomes.
BACKGROUND SOUND ON/OFF: Select this from the OPTIONS menu to switch on/off the background sound within the game.
SOUND ON/OFF : Select this from the OPTIONS menu to switch on/off all audio within the game. You can also press the 'MUTE' button at the top of the screen.
HELP: Select this from top of the screen (or select "HOW TO PLAY THE GAME" from the OPTIONS menu) to open this help page.
AUTO-LOCK ENABLED/DISABLED: When this says it is set to ENABLED (default setting) then it means that in Lock & Spin any new wilds that appear on the reels will automatically be locked (and so the next Lock & Spin will cost more). If this is DISABLED then new wilds will not be locked and only the original wilds (or ones selected manually by clicking on them) will be locked.
SAVE CURRENT WILD LAYOUT TO DEFAULT: when this is pressed the current positions of the wilds on the reels will be saved as the default position used when you next load a new game. This can be used for when you have a favourite layout for the wilds for doing Lock & Spin and want to keep playing with wilds in those positions.
LOAD DEFAULT WILD LAYOUT: This will load the default layout saved with above button (the default layout will also be loaded next time the game is started).
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