Wizard’s Castle Pokie Review
Gameplay: get an easy start
The controls are user-friendly and easy manageable. First, select a coin value between $0.01 and $1.00 with the Denomination control. Then select up to 9 paylines with the Select Lines control. Choose your bet between 1 and 5 coins per line, up to 45 coins per spin, with the Bet One control. Thus a total bet runs from a minimum of $0.01 on a single line up to the maximum of $45.00 on nine lines. This having done, you can click the Spin control to launch a spin with a hand-tailored bet or click the Max Bet control to impress the Wizard with the maximum 45-coin bet. He swiftly waves his magic wand and here it is: symbols do the spell!
There are 9 regular symbols, a Wild icon and a Scatter icon. Regular symbols are (in ascending order of payouts): Pounder, crossed Scrolls, Books, Sandglass, four essential elements (Earth, Air, Water and Fire) and Witch hat. They pay from left to right when there are at least 3 of a kind on an active payline (except for Pounders and Scrolls which start paying when there are 2 of a kind). Top wins are always triggered by 5 matching symbols on any active payline. The paytable features payouts from x10 up to x1000 or up to $5000 at the maximum line bet of $5.
Magical Wilds: twofold magic
Wild symbols are icons of simplistic design: they say “WILD” outright. Wilds substitute for all regular symbols just fine, but not for Scatters and not for a Bonus trigger. Besides doing the duty of regular icons, Wild symbols pay and they do so when there are at least 2 Wilds on a payline. The Wild offers payouts from x30 up to x2000 (or up to $10,000 at the maximum bet).
In terms of graphics, scatters are twins of wild icons and bear an unmistakable sign: SCATTER. In contrast to line wins, which are multiplied by a line bet, scatter payouts are multiplied by a total bet. Three scatters pay x5 or up to $225 at the maximum bet of $45. The same bet and four Scatters make it x50 ($2250 at max) and five scatters award x500 (an incredible $22,500 at the maximum bet). Scatter wins are paid in addition to line wins, so the pokie really offers you lots of exciting chances and mind-blowing opportunities!
Bonus round: the magic of essential elements
Landing all the four essential elements (Water, Earth, Air and Fire) in a row on any active payline triggers a second-screen bonus round. The reels disappear and Scrolls appear. You should pick one and only one. Make your choice wisely: each scroll offers an instant cash prize, prizes vary greatly in amounts and you may take only one. Any cash prize is nominated in coins but is paid in real money according to the coin value you have selected. Therefore, you should set a higher coin value for betting in order to maximize wins in base game and second-screen bonus rounds.
Bottom line on Wizard Castle
This 5-reel 9-payline video slot by Betsoft has a bit outdated graphics; however, the gameplay, features and especially wins follow today’s standards in the gambling industry. Up to $5000 wins in base rounds, up to $10,000 with wild symbols and $22 500 of scatter payouts make it a must-try game. The simplicity of the gameplay is greatly offset by thrills and chills the pokie provides. Optimized for most mobile devices, it puts forward nothing but the noble art of great wins.