This magic show is a real roller-coaster ride thanks to the high volatility up Magic Wild’s sleeve, just don’t let the magic distract from the RTP of 95.30%.
Magic Wilds is based around a world of arcana and alchemy. Mysterious stone runes, grotesques and ghostly grimoires haunt the reels, while the background is a gloomy Victorian garret in which the moustachioed warlock resides.
There is no story to the magic per se, but the world the slot builds feels inhabited and engaging.
The graphics of this Red Rake Gaming slot are gorgeous. The gloomy attic of the background is painted lovingly with a Rembrantian eye for the fall of a shaft of light.
A lot of production value shows on the reels where the artwork is beautifully drawn and iconic enough to make reading the reels both fun and easy. These are also set off by lovely animations that fit with the tone of a magic-based slot and add up to a visually unified scene.
These visuals are augmented with a high quality soundtrack with some full frontal orchestral moments for winning and spinning and a pleasant ambient track to set the game’s broader tone.
The base gameplay of Magic Wilds sets up five reels with four rows each and thirty two win lines between them.
There is a feature involving the magician symbol which allows for additional Wilds and a Free Spin bonus where the bigger wins are to be had. See below for details on these two exciting features.
Overall, the gameplay doesn’t push too many boundaries but is fun enough.
The Wild symbol substitutes for all symbols except the Bonus symbol in the base game and the Free Spin +1 symbols in the Free Spin bonus game.
Additional Wilds are added by the presence of the Magician symbol. This symbol covers four rows on a reel.
If it lands partially on a reel, those squares on the reel are transformed into Wilds. If the Magician symbol lands so it covers a full reel, then the Astral Projection feature is triggered and the Magician is duplicated across a random set of reels before transforming into Wilds.
The Bonus symbol acts as a Scatter. Landing three or more symbols anywhere on the reels triggers the Free Spin bonus. At the start of the Free Spin bonus, twelve free spins are awarded.
After each free spin the number of rows will increase at random up to a maximum of eight rows. Along with each row, seventeen win lines are added. The maximum number of winlines is 100.
During the Free Spins, the Free Spin +1 symbol is added to the reels. Landing one of these anywhere on the reels gains the player an additional Free Spin.
Magic Wilds comes with wild variance as the volatility in this game is set to high. High volatility slots tend to go well with our preferred slot machine strategies.
A high enough volatility can make up for a low return to player, which is good as Magic Wilds has a return to player of just 95.30%. This is substantially lower than our yardstick for average of roughly 96%.
The range of bets on the site we tested ran from a minimum bet per spin of $/£/€0.10 up to a maximum of $/£/€50.00 per spin.
Magic Wilds is a good looking slot with some nice programming behind the curtain. The bonuses and features keep things moving along for the player and the high volatility is a great match for our slot strategies.
This is somewhat undercut by the low return to player, however some players may feel that the positives outweigh this negative.