Win Wizard Slot from Novomatic
Elements of this 5-reel video slot reminded me of several other Novomatic titles. The bonus feature in particular feels like the inspiration came from King Richer (and several other King-themed games). Graphics do set this game apart. You’ll see a wizard, cute dragon and magic symbols on the reels – alongside the more traditional fruit symbols. This is not the most complex of games, relying instead on the solid Novomatic game play and the occasional appearance of wizards over the reels to dish out some more wins.
How to Win on Win Wizard
During the base game your wins will come in the normal way, by lining up the fruits and magic symbols. These are helped along by dragons, which are wild symbols. These only appear on reels 3, 4 and 5 – and so can’t create any wins of their own. Instead they turn 2+ of the regular symbols into 3, 4 or 5 of a kind.
The glowing purple sphere with the word ‘magic’ underneath it is the best paying symbol, this is the only unique symbol other than the wild dragon. Lining up 5 of these will get you a 1000-coin prize, while 4 are worth 400 and 3 get you 200. These symbols do come stacked on the reels, making it possible to cover the entire 5 reel by 3 row grid with them. This will get you a huge 20,000-coin prize.
Win Wizard ranks the playing card symbols higher than the fruits. It is the king which comes next in the pay table, worth 400 coins for 5. The other playing cards follow – and then the cherry and plum make up the smaller wins, with 5 of a kind bringing just 80 coins. All of these prizes are based on the minimum 2 coins per line spins (40c minimum) and will obviously be much higher if your bets are larger than this.
Win Wizard Bonus Feature
There are no bonus symbols on this slot – instead the bonus game is triggered by hitting 5 ascending musical notes on any spin. You’ll hear these while you play, with the first 1 to 3 notes triggering often – though you’ll need to complete the 5 to see the bonus.
Next you see purple smoke appear on between 1 and 3 of the reels. A wizard now appears on each one. Each wizard holds an open spell book, and the pages rapidly flip. What you are hoping for is that each one lands on a number – which you are awarded as a win. If this happens, then the pages flip again. This continues until each of the books lands on a page which says ‘The End’. At that point the wizard will become faded, and any others that are still producing wins will continue. When you hit the end of all of your books, your bonus game is complete.
There is a little bit of magic in the design of this slot – though the traditional symbols do dominate the reels a little. The logo above the reels looks spectacular, this sparkles with lots of small stars while you play. There are some potion bottles to the side, and a purple background elsewhere behind the reels.
The reels are white and most of the symbols are simple and blocky in their design. The dragon does stand out, this looks like a baby animated dragon, and is looking right at you out of the screen. There is not too much in the way of animation (think flashing) during the base game.
When you hit the bonus game, the animation is fairly good. Purple reels and detailed wizards and books make this worth seeing. Sounds are a mix of regular Novomatic beeps and a few computerized sounds which are more on-theme. Each symbol will make a loud ‘pop’ sound when it is involved in a win.
20 Line Setup
The setup is a very standard 20 line Novomatic game – the win-lines are fixed for this game, and the minimum bet 2c for each of the 20 lines. Like all games from this software house, auto-play and gamble after win (which is a blinking light rather than a playing card choice) are offered as standard.
Novomatic have taken some solid slot concepts and given them a new theme with Win Wizard. Instead of kings with 3-reel slots in their bellies, we have Wizards with spell books to distribute some cash during the free spins bonus. This is certainly a nicely produced slot, though whether it has enough to keep players engaged for more than the occasional session, I am not sure.