Put on your white coat and head into the laboratory and try and cook up a jackpot in Reel Attraction, a science-themed video slot from Novomatic. Played using a 5 reel, 20 payline game engine and optimised for desktop, tablet and mobile devices, it comes with sliding wilds and a bonus feature that awards up to 40 free spins. Stakes range from between 40p and £100 per spin.

We’re often sniffy about the design of Novomatic games but Reel Attraction is one of their better efforts. Joining the lower value A to 10 playing cards are a magnifying glass, atom, microscope and a female scientist holding a vial. She is the most rewarding standard symbol, offering awards of 1,000 coins if you manage a 5-in-a-row combination.

There are 2 wild symbols – the white-haired professor and the magnet. When the mad professor lands on reel 1 and a magnet wild lands on any of the other reels, you’ll trigger the Reel Slide feature. The professor will expand to turn the whole of reel 1 wild. He’ll then use his magnet to pull the other reels with wilds to the column next to him. The other wild-less reels shunt to the right. If any new payouts are created, and they should be as the wilds will be in closer proximity, a new payout is made.

Look out too for the conical flask which is the scatter – landing 3, 4 or 4 of them anywhere on the reels triggers the Free Games feature and with it, 20 free spins. Whenever the mad professor wild lands during the feature, he will expand to turn the whole reel wild. That stacked wild will remain locked in place for any remaining free spins. Look out for 3 scatters on a free spin as this will retrigger the feature giving you a total of 40 free spins.

Given the scientific theme you may have thought that Reel Attraction would be an extremely explosive video slot – in fact, the variance is in the medium range. The Reel Slide feature hits far more regularly than the Free Games though – the stacked wild make the lengthy waits for the feature to arrive worth it.

This is a jolly game from Novomatic. The design is a step up from the norm and the theme is an amusing one. Throw in a pair of decent features and you’ll soon feel the pull of Reel Attraction. I also recommend you try Miss Fortune by Playtech which has a similar theme.