Wizard of Oz Slot Machine
The Wizard of Oz was made in 1939 and has been a perennial favorite ever since, with both children and adults all over the world being enchanted by the magical story of Dorothy and her efforts to make it back to Kansas. The Wizard of Oz wasn’t actually a major success upon release and it wasn’t until the TV broadcast in 1956 that the movie really ignited the imagination and would become an annual tradition. Over seventy years later, Dorothy and her adventures still enchant and sequels, stage shows and spin-offs are made to this day. One of these spin-offs is the slot by WMS, featuring some of the more memorable aspects of the film.
The majority of symbols at this slot will be instantly recognizable to anybody who has seen the film. There is Dorothy herself, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion together, the wicked witch of the west, Toto, the ruby slippers and many others. Many of the symbols have animation when forming part of a win line, where a clip from the film will be shown – for the same clips you may have differing soundbites. You’ll also find that Glinda the good witch floats into view on occasions. Visually you wouldn’t say that it’s the best slot online, but these extra touches do enhance the look and feel of the game.
Wizard of Oz Slot Feature
Having landed the three Emerald city symbols, you’ll now pick one of the three to reveal either a cash win, the Emerald City Feature or the Winged Monkey Feature.
The Emerald City Feature sees you taken to a screen which is filled with glittering Emeralds with the amazing city in the distance. Pick these emeralds at random and you’ll either be given a cash prize, taken to one of the characters, or head to the Emerald City itself. When meeting a character you’ll choose one of two gold charms to reveal the character and finding the Emerald City will take you to meet the Wizard of Oz himself, where you’ll win prizes for every character you’ve met along the way.
The Winged Monkey Feature is a free spins round where you’ll gain 8 spins. You’ll gain extra wilds during this feature as the winged monkey symbol is introduced on the middle reel, this symbol spreading wilds. The free spins can be re-activated.
Wizard of Oz Reels & Symbols
This slot has 5 reels and 30 win lines, although should you wish to play fewer than 30 you can. To set your bet amount you can use two different options. The classic panel lets you select the number of lines and the coin size, while the quickbet panel shows you a series of boxes with the total stake labelled on them – you’ll click one and the spin will start.
All of the symbols pay out for landing three in a row or more from left right on a win line. The biggest payout comes when you land the Jackpot symbol five times in a row, where you’ll win 10,000 coins. This actually swamps every other symbol in terms of payout, with the Wizard of Oz logo and Dorothy coming in next and paying out 1,000 and 750 coins respectively. All of the other symbols pay out between 500 and 100 coins for five.
Glinda the good witch will appear randomly at times and grant a wish, where one or more reels will be turned completely wild.
The Wizard of Oz also doubles up as the logo of the game and will substitute for any other apart from the Jackpot and the feature symbols. The emerald city is the feature symbol and will activate the feature if appearing on reels 1, 3 and 5.
Wizard of Oz Conclusion
This Wizard of Oz is one of the most watched movies of all time, so the onus was on WMS to come up with a slot that did justice to the movie. I think I can safely say they have. This slot does fill you with the joys of the film, transporting you to the magical Land of Oz This game comes alive with the features – particularly the Emerald City feature, where you’ll feel like you are on the journey with Dorothy, the scarecrow, the tin man and the lion, eventually meet the Wizard himself, winning cash prizes as you go. This slot will appeal to everyone, whether a fan of the film or not
The Wizard of Oz: Facts and History
In 1900, L. Frank Baum wrote ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ and nearly forty years later, Metro-Goldwyn Mayer decided to adapt the book into a movie. Judy Garland, who was 17 at the time, was picked for the lead role and will perhaps forever be known as Dorothy. The film was released in 1939 but amazingly struggled somewhat, only making just $3 million at the box office, little more than it cost to make the film in the first place. The film did earn positive reviews and was nominated for six academy awards, including best picture, but lost out to ‘Gone with the Wind’ for the best picture Oscar.
Today, The Wizard of Oz is a much loved family classic, watched at Christmas time on annual basis. The film was voted the 6th best movie of the century by the American film institute and ‘Over the Rainbow’ was voted the single best song in a movie.
Walt Disney produced a sequel in 1985 called ‘Return to Oz’, which although failing at the box office is now considered something of a cult classic. Disney produced their second Oz based film in 2013, the much more successful ‘Oz the great and powerful’, grossing over $493 million worldwide.