Is this Magic Journey mobile slot a classic game or a video slot? Neither, but keep reading as you may be surprised on the journey you’re about to embark.
No, you’re eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, you do have two slots here. Except you don’t, what you actually have is one slot machine with 5 reels and 1 row of symbols, and then a scorecard above it. This scorecard is where you get wins, and where you have 8 paylines.
Which is why it’s so hard to write this Magic Journey slot review, because Pragmatic Play are breaking the mould a little bit: this is almost like Bingo, only you spin a singular slot reel to find out which symbols you’ve won.
There are no wild symbols, no scatters, no mini-games or free spins. But that’s not to say that there isn’t a little bit of magic in this Magic Journey slot.
You get a win by lining up 3 symbols on any one of 8 possible paylines. You get those symbols by landing them in the 5 reels 1-row slot machine below, they then get transferred above.
How many lines you get will determine how much you win. But as you only spin 5 symbols, and there’s 9 you can get on the board, how do you get more than one line win? Well, every win gives you another re-spin of the reels, adding to the possibility of catching even more symbols.
8 lines will pay out the maximum of 400x your bet, whilst 1 line pays out 2x your bet. You can build a real momentum here, and it’s super fun to watch.
The Journey To The West slot theme is popular in Oriental casino games, because who doesn’t love the Monkey King, the Pig Priest and all the colourful characters that the original tales bring with it?
It’s beautifully done, although having to get one symbol of each makes it a little frustrating, much like a good high variance game should be.
So why only give this Magic Journey slot game only 3 stars? Despite a high RTP of 96.54%, we can’t help but be disappointed by the fact that the max win is a little low and the minimum bet a little high at 0.20 a spin for what amounts to 8 paylines.
Still, we had such a great time playing here, that we have to recommend it, if only because we love the unique spins and the fact that it’s trying something new, and mostly succeeding.
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|Mobile Slot released||January 2020|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 8 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||3.46% / 96.54%|
|Min/Max bet||0.20 / 100|
|Max win||400x your bet|
|Slot Themes||Myths & Legends|
How to Win on Magic Journey Slot: Any symbols on the 1x5 reel will be highlighted on the 3x3x grid. If you get 3 highlighted symbols on one of 8 paylines you get the following wins -
It's not possible to win on 7 lines at a time.
Re-spins: If you get a win, you'll get a free re-spin of the 5x1 reel game, to get more symbols highlighted and more line wins. If you get the Monkey King symbol, you'll get a respin even if you've got no wins.
We'll admit that we wavered about giving this Magic Journey review 3 stars or 4 stars. Mostly because we had such a good time playing on such a wonderfully unique game.
Ultimately we gave it 3 stars because it seems odd that you can't get 7 lines wins, even though this has 8 winning paylines, and the max win is only 400x your bet for a volatile game.
Don't let that stop you, there's something wonderfully fun about matching symbols and a brilliant Oriental game theme that gives the Monkey King a fresh new twist.
We will say that if you are looking for something a little bit different, and have a softspot for games like Bingo or classic slots like the Mega Joker slot, then we highly recommend playing Magic Journey, one of the newer Pragmatic Play slots.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: March 26, 2021 - Rating