Magic Portals (Touch)

Magic Portals (Touch) Slot Review

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What is this mobile slot about?

Do you want to head to a magical world full of witchcraft and wizardry? We have just the magic portals to transport you there.

We love the theme of Magic Portals mobile slot. Like every other NetEnt Mobile Slot out there, Magic Portals Touch plays exactly as its online version. This includes beautiful video graphics, with magical fire and ice meandering across the screen, turning random symbols into wilds. The design itself is simple, but sharp, meaning that when playing on iPads and tablets it still looks beautiful, but it doesn’t have a heavy graphical load on mobile.

A unique take on wilds and free spins

This Magic Portals slot won’t be for everyone. It has a new take on the Wilds and Free Spins, putting two portals on the screen and if equal symbols fall on both portals it turns all others of the same symbols on the 5 reels as wilds. Equally the free spins symbol needs to land on the portal to get you the elusive free games. These portals have been condemned by many slot players as a ‘fad’ that rather than help, in fact prevent you from getting a huge payout.

But it’s not meant to. This is a mid to low variance mobile slot, which means it’s not for the  high rollers or big betters. Much in the tradition of Fruit Shop or Jack Hammer 2, Magic Portals mobile slot hits often, even if only small amounts, allowing you to keep playing for as long as possible. With 25 paylines and 5 reels, this is actually a very simple video slot that looks far more intricate than it is – most of the time you are simply spinning waiting for those wilds to transform.

Alakazam! You’re money is still here!

What this online mobile slot also has going for it is that the betting range is very inclusive, allowing the conservative slots player to bet as little as 25 cents a spin or an impressive 250 in cash. Best of all, we’ve had this slot pay out as much as 50 times our bet on a good round, so the wins can be surprisingly impressive from time to time, though generally it’s best not to go into this game expecting to win that much on each win.

If you find yourself with about 20% to 30% above your starting bet, consider yourself lucky and walk away happy.

Magic Portals mobile slot machine is an all round entertaining slot that has created a new concept for wilds and scatters. We applaud NetEnt for continuing to try something a little different. Haters will hate, but we think this is a great addition to the NetEnt Touch range of mobile slots.

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Mobile slot overview

Mobile Slot releasedOctober 2013 (on mobile)
Slot typeVideo Slot
Slot reels / paylines5 Reels / 25 Paylines
House edge3.4%
Slot volatilityLow/Medium
Coins range0.01 - 1.00
Min/Max bet0.25 / 250
Max win64,000 coins
Free spins10 Free Spins / Extra Portals for more Wilds
Bonus roundsRandom Wilds and Free Spins
Exclusive: 10 Free Spins + 100% up to £200 Bonus
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In-game bonus features

Magic Portals Wild Transformation: If two of the same symbols fall in the magic portal located in the centre of reel 1 and 5, they magically turn all other matching symbols on the reels as wilds, giving you some very decent wins.

Free Spins: No scatter symbol to be found on this mobile game, instead you get a free spins symbol (with the words Free Spin on it - clever hey?). This symbol shows up on reel 1 and 2, and if two symbols fall in the magic portal, you'll get 10 free spins. No multipliers here, but you get 4 portals instead of 2, meaning more wilds and bigger wins.

These can be re-triggered, which we've done a couple of times so it's very possible. However, the free spins are not easy to catch in the first place, so you might have to wait a while until you hit them.


Closing thoughts

Simply a fun 25 payline 5 reel mobile video slot that hasn't had the warm welcome in the slot world as it should have. Mostly due to the fact that it didn't live up to the hype of it's release. But naysayers should give Magic Portals mobile slot another try now that the PR campaign of this 'new and unique' slot has died down.

It's certainly different, trying a new and fun concept for wild substitutions, but it's certainly not earth-shatteringly different. What it is, is fun entertainment with a decent RTP rate of 96.6%, topping up your bank balance often enough to keep you spinning... as if by magic.

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Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: September 18, 2014 - Rating 4

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