Wizard’s Castle Slot from BetSoft
In recent years, Wizards have been all the rage, especially since a young wizard called Harry Potter came along and dominated in both literature and the cinema circles. However this wizard based slot by BetSoft shows a wizard who is more in the ‘Merlin’ camp, being elderly with a long white beard, sitting in an ancient building. I say sitting, but he actually floats in mid-air throughout your time playing at the slot, while flicking his wand at the reels to set them in motion. This is a straightforward slot, with a simple pick-em round, although there is certainly something very magical about the way the reels spin.
How to Win on Wizard’s Castle
Just like the majority of slots, you’ll win when hitting three or more consecutive symbols in a row from left to right on a win line. You’ll find a nice variety of magic themed symbols on the reels, although the major players at this game are the four elements of fire, water, air and earth. Fire and Water are both worth 750 coins for the maximum 5 in a row, while air and earth pay 500 and 400 coins respectively. The highest paying of these standard symbols is a wizard’s hat at 1,000 coins and these are completed by an hourglass and a pile of books which both pay a maximum of 300 coins and scrolls and a mortar and pestle which pay 250 coins.
Wins are helped along by the wild symbol which is an open book, with gold stars shooting out of it. This symbol looks a little out of place in comparison to the others, the others fitting in nicely with this ancient looking slot, while the wild has ‘razzmatazz’ written all over it! This wild will substitute for any other symbol apart from the scatter and is also the highest paying symbol at the entire slot, worth an impressive 2,000 coins for a full house of 5.
The scatter symbol shows a crystal ball with the word ‘scatter’ emblazoned across it and this will pay out when you land three or more anywhere across the reels, with a top prize of 500 coins when landing the maximum 5. It’s very unusual to have a scatter which doesn’t activate a bonus feature in today’s slots, although the larger than usual payouts certainly make up for this.
The bonus round is activated when you can land all of the four element symbols on one of the active pay lines. This will see you taken to a second screen where you’ll find a number of scrolls. Simply pick a scroll to reveal a prize.
Design and Setup
BetSoft are renowned for designing slots where the graphics are of a very high quality, although this magic themed slot does fall short a little in comparison to the rest of the range. The symbols all have a very basic design, while the wizard, despite floating up and down, doesn’t interact with the game as much as you’ll find with other characters at similar slots.
One aspect of the slot which is unique however, is the way the reels spin. Instead of the usual spinning motion, the symbols will reveal themselves one at a time, starting by moving from left to right across the top reel, before moving to the middle reel and then the bottom. Each of these spins takes a little longer than usual, keeping you in suspense that much more.
This 5 reel slot has a total of pay lines, although you can choose to play any odd number of lines up to the maximum 9. The coin value ranges from just 2c per line all the way through to $1, while you’ll also choose the bet per line of between 1 and 5 (clicking max bet is exactly like hitting the spin button except that it will automatically set the bet per line to 5).
This Wizard themed slot isn’t the most complicated you’ll ever play, but it does have some charm (I apologize for the pun). The unusual spin motion gives the slot a unique aspect, while there are some very nice payouts for the premium symbols on the reels. The lack of a free spins bonus round might not suit everyone, but for those who enjoy games where you’re not constantly interrupted by features, Wizard’s Castle might be a slot you’ll enjoy.