Head to the jungles of Asia in Wild Orient, a nature themed slot from Microgaming. It’s a 5 reel, 243 ways to win game that comes with a bonus feature that offers up to 30 free spins with all payouts trebled. You can also pay to re-spin any reel in the hope of creating a big winning combination. Stakes range from between 25p and £125 per spin.

A lush green forest forms the backdrop to Wild Orient – joining the regular playing cards symbols are a selection of nicely drawn birds, monkeys, pandas, tigers and elephants. The Wild Orient logo is the wild, substituting for everything apart from the scatter when it lands on reels 2 and 4.

Wild Orient uses the 243 ways to win game engine rather than traditional paylines. Winning combinations are formed when the same symbol lands on adjacent reels. It also comes with 2 main bonus features.

At the end of each spin, you can choose to re-spin a reel in the hope of creating a better winning combo – you’ll have to pay for this privilege, the precise cost depending on the line up and potential wins on offer. You can also try and spin again if you land 2 scatters and hope to find a third which will trigger the Free Spins feature. The re-spins aren’t available in AutoPlay mode though.

That scatter is the animals statue symbol – land 3, 4 or 5 of them anywhere on the reels and you’ll be awarded 15 free spins. That’s not all though as every winning combination will be boosted by a 3x multiplier with the payout trebled. It’s possible to re-trigger even more free spins, an extra 15, if you manage to land a trio of scatters on a single spin. The re-spins won’t be in play during the free spin round.

The variance is in the medium range but you can of course try and change that via the paid re-spins.  The jungle and animal imagery is nicely realised with the action playing out to a soothing, Asian style soundtrack. No complaints on either score then.

The features aren’t overflowing but offer enough, especially the free spins round where the 3x multiplier can quickly get the cashier spinning. The re-spins are a neat little option but can be dangerous if you’re not careful. If you enjoy animal themed slots, then Wild Orient is one habitat you’ll want to explore. Alternatively, there’s plenty of options with WMS Gaming’s Double Buffalo Spirit recommended.