Bejewelled meets the video slot in Wild Drops from Betsoft Gaming. Wild Drops is a gemstone mining-themed game, with matching gemstones dropping away and being replaced by those above them. This grid-style slot will seem familiar to many players. Players can find Wild Drops on the Betsoft platform.
Wild Drops takes place inside a mineshaft. And there are a plethora of possible gems to dig up and fill your minecart with. The background is a large, cavernous mineshaft with a minecart to the right of the game grid that’s overflowing with gems. There are tracks and scaffolding, and minecarts filled to the brim with gems being hauled off into the distance. It manages to look surprisingly bright and sparkly, thanks to shiny gem dust sparkling in the light shining down from above, you know, like heaven.
The background music is a sprightly tune that wouldn’t be out of place in a Harry Potter movie. It all gives Wild Drops the feeling of something magical, as though a big win is just around the corner. The symbols are different coloured gemstones, gold, and the Wilds are gold nuggets. During the bonus round, the background colours change from dark blues and purples to brighter oranges and reds.
Wild Drops’ Matching Gems feature triggers when players land three matching gems in a horizontal row. The matching gems fall away and are replaced with the gems above falling into their place and giving players a chance for more matching. This continues until no more matches land or until the screen is cleared.
Gold Nugget Wilds substitute for all symbols in the game and have the highest payout at 25x the stake if five of them land on a payline.
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The Bonus Round for Wild Drops is triggered when the gold coin meter to the right of the game grid is filled with gold coins, five in total. These gold coins are hidden behind random gemstones and revealed as the winning gemstones are cleared. Players must reveal five gold coins in a single spin for this bonus to occur. Once triggered, players get five free spins where the middle reel is filled with Wilds, and clearing the grid gives a 10x multiplier.
Players might be a little disappointed in Wild Drops. There are several places in the game where Betsoft could have made it more exciting or even just more visually interesting. The bonus round is definitely where the action is, with the increase in Wilds making it much more likely that players will land a win.
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It’s weirdly satisfying to watch matching gems fall away and be replaced by those above, but that is the only visual excitement offered in Wild Drops. A brief animation sequence for the bonus round or a random movement of carts would have been really cool. It’s strange that with all the resources available, so many game developers are choosing really simple game themes. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if the theme is simple, then the gameplay should be exciting.
Unfortunately, Wild Drops is fairly tame to watch and play, with no big wins and even the Bonus Round feeling a bit flat. It’s not a terrible game by any means, and the visuals and sounds are pleasant. But for players looking for edge-of-your-seat excitement, look elsewhere. Wild Drops is good enough casual game, but not a great one.