There’s black magic in the air in Maji Wilds, a 5 reel, 50 payline video slot from Playtech. The highlight of this voodoo-themed game is the special wild. When it hits it can transform and add a range of modifier extras including multipliers of up to 5x, transforming symbols and sticky and sliding wilds. Stakes range from between 50p and £50 per spin.

Playtech has created a nice-looking game here. The reels are set against a swampy backdrop and include lower value A, K and Q symbols made from bones. More rewarding are the skulls, bottles of potion and crocodiles. They’re joined by a mysterious woman and a masked voodoo priest. Land 5 of the latter for a 10 times bet payout.

Central to all of the action in Maji Wilds is the playing card wild – it performs all the usual substitution duties and offers payouts of up to 1,000 coins. This wild also has some magic inside it – whenever a wild lands, it will act as a standard wild or morph into 1 of the 4 following magic wilds:

  • Bad Spirit wild – this spooky ghoul possesses other symbols which transform into extra wilds.
  • Snake wild – this sneaky serpent slides across the reels. Each symbol in its path becomes wild.
  • Voodoo Doll wild – the voodoo doll wilds remains locked in position for the next 5 spins.
  • Shrunken Head wild – multipliers increase with each winless spin, up to a maximum of 5x.

Once the wild extra has been applied, a new payout consideration is made. You can get more than 1 wild which can lead to some pretty impressive results.

Unfortunately, you won’t find any traditional bonus feature on this trip to the bayou. Everything revolves around the wilds which hit regularly. We didn’t find this a very volatile game – the minimum bet of 50p per spin is quite high though, especially if you’re nursing a limited bankroll.

The cartoon design works well enough here. It’s not the highest class but more than serviceable. As is the superb New Orleans-style jazz soundtrack. If you fancy a break from the usual Halloween fare then a trip to the swamplands and the Maji Wilds is worth undertaking. However, if you like plenty of features with you gameplay then Maji Wilds probably won’t be one for you – Playtech’s Halloween Fortune II is recommended.