Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?

Wolf Run SlotWagerworks – they who are owned by IGT, the world’s largest land-casino based game manufacturer no less – have just added the Las Vegas slot favourite, Wolf Run, to their flash casino software. 

That means you can play Wolf Run online for real money at Virgin Casino, Blue Square or PaddyPower Games in a standard web browser with no game download required.

For USA players this is a bit of a bummer as US residents are not accepted at IGT-powered online casinos – sorry, blame your politicians.

That said, if American players want something similar, check out the review of the Cashapilla slot which also has stacked wilds and free spins.

So what’s Wolf Run like?

Well, if you have played the original in Vegas then you shouldn’t be disappointed…the Wolf Run slot online is pretty much identical to the land casino version of Wolfrun, with just a couple of subtle changes to the music. And that’s about it. There was a small issue with the first release not allowing you to skip the count-up on wins during the free spins (and on a 40-line slot with stacked wilds, that can take a while!) but they have since circumnavigated that problem with a “spin” button on the slot. If you haven’t played it in Vegas, and you like “free spins” slots then you’ll probably like the Wolf Run slot to be honest. If you know “Coyote Moon“, then it’s pretty damn similar – oh, and the latter is also due at these casinos in the coming months by the way!

It differs to other online slots in several areas. Firstly it’s got a massive 40 paylines spread over 4 lines on 5 reels (20 symbol positions in view) and has a “stacked” wild symbol on each reel – meaning they come in sets of 4 so you could fill up all positions with wilds in theory. To trigger the bonus, which consists of 5 free spins which can be retriggered, you need to see the rather lamely titled “bonus” symbol on reels 2, 3 and 4. because each reel has 4 positions, this happens with reasonable regularity, although being on the high side of medium variance, there are still some lean and mean periods on Wolf Run.

But hey, 40 paylines, stacked wilds and free spins – you can certainly get some pretty decent wins and I had a 200x hit while testing this out for this review – check out the Wolf Run video below which shows the free spins in action!

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Freeplay: Players from many countries can now play Wolf Run in freeplay mode – check out the Wolf Run slot at OCV for one that loads in your Internet browser and doesn’t require any registration. If you find the game doesn’t load, it means you are in a country that IGT block from playing their games. This will be because the laws in your country either prohibit online gambling or are so gray that IGT don’t think it is worth taking the risk!

January 2011: Since writing this article, I have also set up a dedicated Wolfrun slots website with more information on the game and other IGT games that can be played online.

July 2011: IGT have now also released the Wild Wolf slot – a 50-payline version of Wolf Run that is fairly common in Asian land-based casinos. More information on Wild Wolf at Slotjunkies.