Wild Heist at Peacock Manor takes interesting gameplay and makes it shine even brighter with a fun theme and great art.
Wild Heist as Peacock Manor manages to evoke in one breath the cartoon stylings of Hanna Barbera, the crime literature of the late 1800s (in particular the gentleman thieves Raffles and Moriarty), and the much more recent phenomenon of the comedy heist movie.
We follow a sneaky foursome of no-goods and reprobates as they attempt to steal the golden peacock statue that gives the titular manor house its name.
Along the way, they pick locks, dodge the rozzers, and sneak past thoroughly steam-punk security systems.
Peacock Manor is rendered for us in a truly delightful art style. A kind of children’s book watercolour and ink illustration that feels era-appropriate and lends the game charm.
Unfortunately, like many Thunderkick games, the resolution of the imagery can be rather low which gets in the way of its natural prettiness. This shouldn’t be an issue on a phone screen but on a big desktop might be a dealbreaker for some players.
The music has a similarly nostalgic feel, evoking comedic stealth in the style of The Pink Panther and other comedy capers of the sort.
The gameplay, on the other hand, is almost entirely devoid of character. The base game is a standard five by three slot.
There are seventeen win lines, which is why all wins are relative to the bet per spin, rather than per line. To do otherwise would be to invoke the complications of dividing and multiplying by seventeen.
But what really makes Wild Heist at Peacock manner shine are the various forms of Wild symbol which can be triggered at random during the base game and the bonus free spin game which is designed to result in a different bonus every time you play (see below for details.
The Wild symbol substitutes for all symbols except the Scatter symbol. During the base game special Wilds can be randomly triggered. These can either make one reel be all Wilds, add up to seven Wilds at random to the reels, or add a Walking Wild which triggers a respin then moves one space to the left. Walking Wild respins continue until the Wild has walked off the reels.
The Scatter symbol serves as a trigger for the bonus. Hitting three gives you a run at the bonus game with three picks. Every Scatter over three you hit gives you an additional pick.
The picks are used in a quick picking game in which a series of face down cards are picked. Each card can give you additional free spins (you start with seven free spins), increased multipliers (you start with a times one multiplier) and a range of cards which add one of the three random Wilds to all your spins.
During the bonus a re-pick can be triggered by hitting two or more additional Scatters.
With the picking game over, the Free Spin bonus begins with the number of free spins, multipliers and additional feature spins that the player won in the picking game.
During the bonus game, the spins have applied to them any Wilds and multipliers that the player won during the picking game.
The return to player of this game is 96.1%, very close to our own yardstick for average of roughly 96%. That’s high enough to get a thumbs up but wins Wild Heist at Peacock Manor no great praise for its generosity. At least they aren’t heisting your wallet too hard.
The range of bets on the site we tested ran from a minimum bet per spin of $/£/€0.10 up to a maximum of $/£/€100.00 per spin.
The volatility of this game is medium, which makes it a weak match for our preferred slot machine strategies, which favour highly volatile slots.
Though Wild Heist at Peacock Manor has a volatility of medium and a decidedly average return to player, however the game comes in well above average for style and gameplay.
The world of Peacock Manor is well designed and consistent and the various Wilds and Bonus features make for a varied and exciting game.
There’s plenty here to draw a player into this wild heist.