Wise old wizards and savvy scholars can help conjure up plenty of treasure in Wizard’s Ring, a highly volatile 5 reel, 40 payline video slot from Novomatic. The likeliest way to cook up an explosive jackpot comes via the bonus round that offers up to 30 free spins with sticky wilds. You’ll also have a chance to win a progressive jackpot. Playable on all devices, stakes range from between 40p and £80 per spin.

Like many games in the Novomatic catalogue, the design in Wizard’s Ring is pretty simple. A medieval library full of books forms the backdrop to the plain black reels which include A to 9 playing cards as well as quills, paper and ink and burning candles. More lucrative are the male and female apprentices who pay up to 400 coins per payline.

They’re joined by the bearded wizard who is the game’s wild – he substitutes for all other symbols bar the scatter and conjures up awards of 5, 20, 100 or 1,000 coins if you land 2, 3, 4 or 5 in a row.

The mysterious golden ring is the scatter – appropriately enough, it offers some magical awards when it hits. Find 3, 4 or 5 golden rings on the same spin and the cashier will race to the tune of 3, 30 or 300 times your total stake. The Free Games feature is also activated, offering 15 free spins.

The wild wizard is the symbol you’ll be hoping to see during these free spins – when he lands, he’ll lock in place for the free spin that follows. On that free spin, he’ll expand and turn the whole of that reel wild to greatly increase your winning chances. More free spins are on offer if you land 3 or more scatters on the same free spin giving you 30 free spins potentially.

The game’s progressive jackpot element is also available in the Free Games feature – to trigger the big prize, you’ll need to fill all 5 reels with stacked wizard wilds.

We’re in classic Novomatic territory with Wizard’s Ring. The design certainly won’t win any awards but the cracking bonus round makes this a playable video slot. It’s not 1 for the faint of heart though as the volatility is sky high. Expect plenty of spells when your conjuring will turn to dust.

Get on a run during the feature and the Wizard’s Ring can magic up some explosive results if your luck is in. I also recommend you try some of Novomatic’s other offerings with Dragon’s Deep a superb choice.