Well, we could go on. You get the picture.
However, sometimes, online slots developers go their own way and start from scratch, making up an entire new world in which to base their game.
That’s what NextGen have done with Great Wild Elk, and fortunately the company is such an acclaimed online slots gurus that it can get away with it.
Great Wild Elk overview
As you should expect from NextGen, Great Wild Elk looks great, plays very smoothly and is overall an extremely well-made game with intuitive usability. This comes as no surprise, since NextGen is easily one of the top three online slots software developers in the industry.
Set in the heart of a mythical, fantasy forest, the reels are full of forest creatures and more magical elements such as rune-laden crystals, fairies, and the magical, shining white elk that lends the game its name.
The background sky is adorned with spectacular aurora borealis, adding an extra touch of beauty to the game during your regular spins.
Where to play Great Wild Elk online in New Jersey
Great Wild Elk is available to play exclusively at Resorts Casino, alongside their many other New Jersey online slots and legal casino games.
Virtually every video poker and table game at the NJ online casino theoretically returns more than 100 percent while clearing the bonus.
Great Wild Elk gameplay
Despite the fantastic graphics setting it apart from many of the other online slots in New Jersey, Great Wild Elk (during regular spins at least) is a relatively standard game. The slot has five reels each with three symbols, and 10 fixed paylines to keep things simple.
Like most NextGen games, the controls (increase bet, autoplay, gamble) are pretty easy to master.
One criticism of the base game would be that there isn’t a huge number of gigantic prizes to be won; the green-haired pixie is the highest-scoring symbol, but five of a kind nets only 250 coins.[i15-table tableid=5268]
Great Wild Elk: special features
This feature round can be triggered randomly at the start of any spin. The Great Wild Elk will appear on the reels, and his shining light will reveal one of five symbols:
Whichever symbol is revealed will replace all the lowest-scoring symbols on the reels for your next spin, increasing your chances of a bigger win.
Enduring Win free games
The Great Wild Elk is a truly magical symbol, as it acts not only as a wild but also triggers the game’s unique free spins bonus feature. You’ll receive between four and 10 free games, but that’s not all.
The wild elk is held in place on the central reel during free spins, and the total win awarded by the symbol is the Enduring Win value. During free spins, each tree symbol that appears will award you the current Enduring Win value immediately. Additional elk wins increase this value.
Last, but not least, a re-spin is awarded after your free games. These re-spins continue indefinitely and for free until no tree symbols appear on the reels.
Great Wild Elk: the positives
Enduring Win Free Games
The Enduring Win Free Games feature is hands-down one of the best-value online slots bonuses you will ever come across.
The combination of free spins, instant and increasing bonus wins during those spins, and indefinite free re-spins after the feature means it’s all in all an amazing bonus to hit.
Great graphics and music
It’s par for the course with NextGen but still worth mentioning: The graphics for this game are superb, and the music is a perfect accompaniment to the haunting, enchanted forest background of the slots.
May alienate slots traditionalists
Some online slots fans might not enjoy the idea of playing a game that isn’t already set in a fictional world or based on a story that they already know and love. However, if you’ve a bit more of an open mind, there’s no reason you won’t enjoy this game.
Very low volatility
This is another polarizing element of some online slots; some players love low volatility games and others can’t stand them.
However, this game offers such consistently small-to-medium payouts that we’re actually counting it as a negative.
Graphics and soundtrack: 4.5/5
The only possible criticism we can offer here is that the animation is a little lacking during regular play.
Alas, the design and music for the game are pretty perfect in all other respects, as we have come to expect from the guys at NextGen.
Originality and creativity: 5/5
It’s based on an entirely new concept, the Enduring Wins feature round is totally unique and every piece of art and concept in this game was done from scratch, so we have to give NextGen full marks for originality on this game.
Play value: 5/5 (with first deposit bonus)
If you’ve yet to open an account with Resorts online casino in New Jersey, then this online slot will have fantastic play value for you. The NJ no deposit online casino bonus at Resorts is excellent, returning five percent of your online slots wager as a bonus.
Considering that Great Wild Elk has a return to player (RTP) percentage of 95.3 percent… well, you can do the math!
Jackpot potential: 2/5
The only aspect that this game doesn’t score well on is jackpot potential.
There is no progressive jackpot to speak of, and as we mentioned there aren’t many opportunities to score a huge win. The Enduring Wins can give you a nice payout if you get lucky, but in general don’t expect life-changing sums from this game.
Repeat play: 2.5/5
While we think this is a fantastic slot in terms of design and playability, it’s one of those games that will split slots fans down the middle.
If you like low volatility games and original concepts, this is the perfect game for you. If you don’t, then no amount of Enduring Wins will get you to enjoy this.
Total score: 20/25
We reckon this is one of the better online slots that New Jersey casino players can spin the reels on. It has a fantastic design and unique features.
However, if you’re chasing multi-million-dollar jackpots then you might want to look elsewhere.