Wolf Run has had a nice long “run” in popularity among video slot games. No company can ever put their finger on the key formula to a successful video slot game, but IGT knew it had a hit on its hands when this slot was first released in land-based casinos. The popularity grew quickly and today it is hard to find a casino online or anywhere that doesn’t have the game or something similar. Much like Cleopatra, Wolf Run was part of the original wave of highly successful video slots that brought new features and innovations to the casino video slot industry.
There is an interesting back story about the creation of Wolf Run. It was created and developed by IGT’s only female programmer and it was based on the housing development where she lived called “Wolf Run.” As the name implies the theme of the game is wolves. All of the major payoffs and bonuses revolve around wolves, and there are plenty of howling sound effects to go along with the game. I don’t know if her housing development truly had wolves running wild, but it sure did make for a clever video slot game.
Wolf Run was another innovator in the video slot industry. This game was the first to use the stacked wild bonus symbol. Instead of a single wild bonus symbol, in Wolf Run the wilds can be stacked on top of one another until the entire four spot vertical column is made up of wilds. There are other bonuses but this is where you can really make some money. You can get several columns in a row all filled with wild bonuses and if you are playing the full 40 lines the credits will add up quickly.
There is a free spin bonus round in Wolf Run as well. You must line up three of the Dream Catcher Bonus symbols on reels 2,3, and 4. If you do the lights will dim a bit and the moon will come out as you enter the free spin version of the game. Again, the key is getting multiple stacked wild symbols to really increase your wins during the free spin round. All wins during the free spin session are doubled and you can get as many as 255 free spins.
Wolf Run is a five reel video slot that has up to 40 different pay lines. The maximum bet is 40 lines times 5 credits per line for 200 total credits bet. It can be found in almost any denomination desired from one penny per line up to $5 per line. Most of the online versions have it in instant play mode where you don’t have to download the software to play. There are some casinos that will let you play the free version for a time until you are comfortable and understand the game.
It’s hard to argue with success. Wolf Run is another video slot machine classic that set the bar for many of the video slot games that have come on the market since. Wolf Run developed the “stacked wilds” feature and players really enjoy it. By stacking the wilds it allows for many more ways to win, and if you are lucky enough to get two full columns or more of wilds the wins can be huge. The graphics and audio may not be as state of the art as some of the newer games, but Wolf Run is as enjoyable to play as any video slot machine out there. Every day there are players trying Wolf Run for the first time and the fan base continues to grow.