If you were expecting the hanging gardens of Babylon, or maybe the Colossus of Rhodes to be in the line-up of ‘Wonders’ – you are in for a surprise. These are mix of wonders old and new. I’m not sure ‘888’s 7 randomly impressive things’ would make a good title – so ‘wonders’ it is. You’ll find the pyramids, Burj Khalifa and Sydney opera house on the reels (among others).
This is a 5-reel video slot, and when you see the initial pay table, you might think that the wins are on the small side. The key to getting bigger prizes from this slot is the wild symbol. This shows the number 7, and will multiply your wins by 7x. Add to this that it can expand to cover all 3 rows on a reel – and the winning potential increases. There is also a free spins bonus game.
The setup is very much standard. There are 5 reels, each with 3 rows of symbols – and 25 win lines cross from the left. The two best paying symbols pay from 2 of a kind from the left, with most symbols needing at least 3. You can bet from 25c per spin, all the way to $250. Auto-spin is offered.
As you might expect. The 7 Wonders of the World pay the biggest prizes. These are topped by the Taj Mahal, which is worth an impressive 5000 coins for 5 of a kind. The pyramids come next at 500 for 5, with the Great Wall of China sharing that prize. Next you will find Stonehenge, the Sydney Opera House, Angor Wat and the world’s tallest building – Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.
Four playing card symbols make up the smaller wins. These are standard bold colors, though have been nicely decorated.
Wilds are the number 7, made to look like an art-deco style plaque. These appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 only. During the base game these wilds will expand to cover all of the positions on a reel when they can create wins. This means you will sometimes trigger multiple win-lines at the same time.
The big benefit of these wilds is that they multiply any wins they are involved in by 7. This means the top prize becomes a generous 35,000 coins (4 Taj Mahal symbols, plus one wild). Note that these wilds do not multiply together.
During the free spins bonus, the wilds do not expand – though they do keep their multiplier.
Golden tickets which say ‘Ticket to World Tour’ are the final symbol on the reels. These have two roles. First, they pay out a ‘scatter’ prize, which depends on how many are in view at the end of a spin. If you get 5 of them, this is 100x your total bet – going down to 2x your total bet for just 2.
With 3 of more, you will also trigger 12 free spins. When this happens, the background changes to an impressive looking night view of the Wonders, and some lively movie-style music plays. Your spins will go fast, with not much time spend totaling up any wins. You’ll see the number of spins remaining (these can be retriggered with more scatters) and total wins above the reels.
Like many slots from 888 Games, the graphics are detailed and nicely drawn – though overall the slot feels very static.
You’ll get a cartoon-like opening video sequence, and then see a montage of the Wonders around the outside of the reels. Some elements, for example the statue over Rio, are not even on the reels.
When you spin a tinkling tune plays, this contrasts with the trumpet blares when you hit a win with the wild 7’s. The only animation is the 7 expanding, showing a more detailed golden logo.
All the symbols are very detailed, and it is easy to spot the iconic scenes in them. The Taj Mahal is the most impressive, though the Great Wall of China also looks good.
That 7x wild makes this game a little more volatile than many online slots. Wins are on the small side without this, and can suddenly get a large boost! Overall this is an enjoyable game, though it is not the most complex or engaging. If you prefer a solid slot, and especially if you dream of travel, then this 888 game could be well worth a spin!