Magic and alchemy are in the air in Wizard, a classic 5 reel, 50 payline video slot from Novomatic. The likeliest way to conjure up a cauldron of coins comes via the bonus round that awards up to 30 free spins with extra wilds and scatters put into play. Playable on all devices, stakes start at 50p, rising to £75 per spin.
Colourful they may be but games from Novomatic rarely offer the height of design – that’s certainly the case with Wizard which boasts the developer’s usual functional sound and visuals. Set against a medieval laboratory, you’ll see a selection of alchemy-themed objects spinning around the reels. Look out for bubbling cauldrons of potion, flasks full of chemicals, a raven, book of spells, ring and gemstone. The ring and gemstone are the best of the standard symbols, awarding 10 times your total stake if you land 5 in combination.
Helping to cook those ingredients into a winning combination is the bearded wizard who is the game’s wild. He substitutes for everything bar the scatter and offers payouts of up to 20 times your total stake per payline.
Keep a special eye out for the red dragon which is the scatter. Landing 3, 4 or 5 of these on the same spin will get you an award of 5, 25 or 200 times your total stake as well as triggering the Free Games feature where you’ll receive 15 free spins. Boosting your winning chances here is the addition of 16 extra wilds which are in play throughout the round. Landing a re-trigger is a little easier too thanks to the extras scatters that are thrown into the mix.
Like many Novomatic video slots, Wizard isn’t magical as far as design goes. The gameplay is brisk as usual though and the wilds in the feature offer some very decent winning potential. Despite the bubbling, alchemy theme, Wizard isn’t as volatile as some game in the Novomatic catalogue. The variance here is in the medium range.
There’s a certain familiarity about Wizard. Fire up a Novomatic video slot and we have a pretty good idea of what we’ll see. That was the case here. If you’re a fan of the developer’s low-tech, high intensity slots then Wizard conjures up a pretty good spell. Alternatively, any of the Wizard of Oz games from WMS Gaming are recommended.