Copyright issues forced a rebranding of the film, which was originally titled Heidi Goes Wild but is now known as Great Goes Wild.
Gentlemen, take a deep breath: the most jiggly waitress at Oktoberfest is back. Greta serves up wilds, multiplier wilds, big wins, free spins, and steins in Pgslot iSoftBet’s Great Goes Wild, which maintains the lively German atmosphere of a packed beer hall.
Oktoberfest, or ‘Wies’n’ to the locals, needs no introduction. It’s a top-tier party that has served as a model for similar events all over the globe. However, the original is incomparable because of the significant role that local German culture plays in the attraction. Beer, sausage, and lederhosen are top-notch, and so are the friendly, ever-smiling waitresses. Hold it all in a historic Bier Haus with some banging Oompah band and what’s not to like?
iSoftBet’s Greta Goes Wild slot is an attempt to capture this vibe, and it succeeds for the most part. There is plenty of carbonated drinks, the interior is decorated with lots of wood, and Greta is the kind of waitress who makes you want to place an order even if you aren’t hungry or thirsty. What else is there to ask for when a cozy glow has descended and the band has kicked into high gear? All together now: Oans, zwoa, drei, g’suffa.
iSoftBet has created a more straightforward slot machine than Heidi’s Bier Haus, playable from 20 p/c to $/€20 per spin. For instance, the game takes place on a regular 5×3 grid with 10 predetermined paylines. This means that the previously fairly dull base game has become more accessible. The theoretical return to player (RTP) is 96%, and the game’s high volatility gives players a large range of possible outcomes with a reasonable ceiling.
The paytable features both traditional icons and some fresh faces, separated by rarity. In contrast to the high-paying regulars of the beer hall, the lows consist of a collection of 9-A tiles with a paisley pattern. The game’s logo is on top of a stack of pretzels, an alpine hat, an ornate keg, and the jovial character Hans. The payout for a winning five-of-a-kind combination ranges from five to twenty times the original wager. Greta acts as a wild, replacing regular icons but not the scatter. Let’s take a peek at the enhancements made to her during the special features.
Greta Takes a Wild Ride: Special
The few elements work together splendidly, piling up Gretas and potential victories with each addition. The Oh Greta feature, the game’s opener, can pop up on any spin. When triggered, Greta bounces on screen to guarantee a bonus or a big win. Big wins are called out whenever a hit of 25x or more occurs.
The stein bonus scatter symbols, which can appear anywhere on the reels, are what you’re looking for. Your total number of free spins is 10, 12, or 15 if you get 3, 4, or 5 scattered in view at the same time. A Greta wild will now stay put for the duration of the feature after landing. Even better, when 2 or 3 Greta wilds appear on the same reel, the multiplier for wilds increases by 2, and when 3 appear, it increases by 3.
However, there is a minor caveat, or rather a technicality. If there are two or more wild multipliers on a single line win, only the first one will apply. If the wild multipliers in question have different values, then the highest one applies. Lastly, one or more sticky wild symbols appearing on each of the reels activates 2 extra free spins.
Greta Goes Wild: Verdict
Greta Goes Wild may take place in German beer hall, but the gameplay is closely related to Dead or Alive 2. It does mean the base game has few surprises, other than the odd Oh Greta moment, yet those into simple and intense gaming will appreciate the more streamlined experience.
In spite of the similarities, Greta Goes Wild is nowhere near as potent. Whilst potential has been ramped up to hit 8,000 times the stake, only having one multiplier work its magic per line in free spins is a bit of a let-down. This is because quite a collection of Greta’s can build up on the grid during the feature. Having just one wild multiplier at a time does leave a slightly off taste in the mouth. A bit like choking back a can of Bud after downing a stein of Schöfferhofer Weizen.
All up, Greta Goes Wild is an Oktoberfest flavoured romp that has some great moments. There could have been more with say higher value symbols, a modifier during the base game, or letting Greta go wilder during free spins perhaps. Still, in this rather narrow niche, Greta Goes Wild is easily one of the standouts.