Wizard of Oz – Not in Kansas Anymore Slot Machine
When Wizard of Oz appeared on the cinema screens in 1939, it would have been impossible to predict that the film would still have a huge impact today. In fact, the Wizard of Oz would make a loss at the box office at first and it was only after a re-release in 1949 that the movie finally made a profit. As we approach nearly 80 years since the original release, the film is now a much-loved family classic, especially during the festive period. The film has seen many spin offs, including sequels and both Muppet and Tom and Jerry versions of the movie. A number of casino slots have been released based upon the iconic movie. ‘Wizard of Oz – Not in Kansas Anymore’ is the latest release, from Williams Interactive (WMS), and this feature filled game is a welcome addition to the series.
All-Ways Wins – The Base Game Setup
This slot has five reels and each of these show four symbols. The slot pays from left to right as usual, but the usual win lines are dispensed with, as you’ll enjoy the all-ways winning system. This means that you’ll win when landing a symbol on consecutive reels, irrespective of the actual position on the reels. This all ways winning system effectively gives the player 1,024 ways to win on every spin.
The top paying symbols in the game are Dorothy, the scarecrow, the tin man, the cowardly lion and Toto, while the symbols are completed by an array of familiar images from the movie. These include the basket which Toto famously escapes from and a lollipop (as eaten by the Lollipop kids). The ruby slippers play one of the most important roles in the base game as this acts as the wild symbol, substituting for every other symbol in the game apart from the scatter. This wild symbol appears on reels 2 through 5.
Wizard of Oz – Features and Progressive Jackpots
The Tornado Feature is the one that will activate all the others in the game. This feature sees the screen show seven reels that now spin horizontally and every time you hit a tornado on any of the reels these will scroll upwards. You’ll find a meter below the reels which fills with a tornado every time one hits and when you hit a total of 5 tornadoes, you’ll gain entry to one of the following three features:
Land of Oz Free Spins – This free spins feature gives you a total of 8 spins. During the feature, you can gain a series of ’boosters’. A winged monkey can give you a multiplier, while a balloon booster will see an additional 2 or 3 rows added to the leftmost three reels. Both the wicked witch of the west and Glinda the good witch add wilds to the reels.
Way Up High Bonus – You’ll start at the winged monkey level and you’ll now pick from 10 different clouds. Each pick will reveal either a credit prize, a boost to the next level or a bonus booster. For example, if you reveal a winged monkey in the first level you’ll find yourself with one additional pick and all prizes in that level multiplied by 2. The round ends when you have used your 3 picks and not advanced to another level.
Not in Kansas Anymore Bonus – This bonus feature gives you the opportunity of winning one of the progressive jackpots in the game. You’ll be met by seven colorful spinning bands in the shape of a tornado and each of these will either land on a blank, a credit amount or one of the progressive jackpots. There are 14 progressive jackpots in all, seven offered by the wicked witch and the other seven by Glinda.
Impressive Multi-Media Design
The sound and visuals in this game are impressive indeed, all played out on two large screens, while all of the action is controlled by touch screen technology. Throughout the game, you’ll see video clips from the iconic movie, while the graphics throughout the both the base game and the features are excellent, giving a multi-media experience that is tough to beat.
Should You Stay in Kansas, Or Follow the Yellow Brick Road? Slot Summary
This WMS designed slot is one of the best new titles on the casino floor. The all-ways winning system in place during the base game is always popular, while the range of bonus features gives a great deal of variety to the slot. At first, each of the features can seem a little complicated (especially if you visit the long-winded rules page) but you’ll soon get to grips with exactly what is going on – but even if you have no real idea, you’re in for a visual treat anyway! A must play.
About The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz was made in 1939, based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’. The movie was one of the first to make use of color, the opening scenes of the movie shot in black and white, until the famous moment when Dorothy arrives in Oz in glorious Technicolor.
The movie was nominated for six academy awards, although the release of ‘Gone with the Wind’ in the same year saw it beaten to the ‘Best Picture’ award and the only awards The Wizard of Oz would win were for Best Original Song (for ‘Over the Rainbow’) and Best Original Score. The movie suffered at the box office too and it would take 10 years before the original outlay had been covered in the movie theatres.
It was in 1956 that the movie first hit the TV screens, and strangely, it was the small screen that really made the film the hit it has become today, where it has become an annual tradition to watch during the festive period.
Today, The Wizard of Oz is considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time, being named number 6 on the American Film Institute’s 100 years, 100 movies list.