A moonlit forest can deliver magical surprises in Great Wild, an enchanting, mystical video slot from NextGen Gaming. This beautifully designed 5 reel, 10 payline game comes with transforming symbols as well as a free spins feature where you can boost your winning chances with sticky wilds. Play from between 10p and £20 per spin.

The design team at NextGen Gaming deserve a pat on the back for making Great Wild Elk a visual treat – set against a forest backdrop with the beautiful aurora borealis shining above, the reels have a magical feel. Symbols on show are a quartet of lower value runes, a serpent, a squirrel and a bird of prey. There are also a couple of spirit and elf characters who are the top paying standard symbols.

The runes may not pay much in themselves but they have the power to magically transform into a higher value elf, spirit, serpent, squirrel or eagle at the beginning of any spin – this is known as Elk’s Light feature.

The magical white elk is the wild – it only appears on reel 3 and substitutes for all other symbols with the exception of the scatter. When the elk forms part of a winning combination, you’ll trigger the Enduring Win Free Games feature and with it receive between 4 and 10 free spins. As the free spins play out, the wild elk will be locked in place on reel 3.

Enduring Wins also come into play during the free spins – the precise figure is determined by how much you won on the spin that triggered the bonus feature. Then, whenever you land a tree symbol during the free spins, you win a prize equal to that triggering spin.

After you’ve played out your allocation of free spins, you can look forward to the Call of the Elk feature where the only payouts on offer are Enduring Win and scatter payouts. Land a tree here and you’ll be given an extra re-spin in addition to the Enduring Win payout. The re-spins continue until there’s one where no winning combo is shown.

The enchanted setting of Great Wild Elk may look tranquil but this a pretty volatile beast – we found the variance to be in the medium to high range. Expect some lean spells when little positive happens. Get stuck in during the feature though some impressive rewards are possible. Just make sure you have the bankroll to cope with the undoubted swings.

The combination of good looks (and sounds for that matter) plus some top features make Great Wild Elk a very playable video slot. The free spins round isn’t the easiest to trigger but is a cracker. Get on a roll with the Call of the Elk re-spins and some big jackpots are possible.

The theme here may be a little new age for some tastes. The quality free spins feature should appeal to all though which makes the Great Wild Elk well worth a closer look. I also recommend you try Wild North by Play ‘N Go which has a similar feel.