The Magical Reels slot is 5-reels 4-row real money casino game with scatters that are collected to trigger a free spin bonus with richer reels and huge multipliers on any one of the paytable symbols.
Playing on the high variance Magical Reels mobile slot by Microgaming is a big gamble. Yet you can win up to 11,000x your bet and you don’t even have to sacrifice the RTP which is still a decent 96.13%, so keep reading. It’s worth it.
So what’s the downside? The mechanics are a little frustrating. Every scatter book on the five reels gets you collecting stars or multipliers for the paytable symbols, not unlike the Wildfire Wins slot review.
Find 5 stars for a symbol and you’ll trigger a minimum of 5 free spins, with the multipliers collected now active, and progressively richer reels as you knock out symbols on the paytable.
Look, we know, the mechanics sound very frustrating. The base game pays very little, and you are just looking for those scatters to fill the award trail on the left of the screen.
But with a magical slot theme that sees you spinning 8 high-paying potion symbols and 4 low-paying magical ingredients, there’s something that sparks the imagination in this witches cottage.
You do have to have patience. Much like most high variance slot games, the big wins don’t come easy or often. But the free spins do, which is actually not what you want.
You want to prolong how long it takes for you to trigger the Magical Reels slot bonus. The longer it takes, the higher your chances of collecting multipliers and stars.
5 stars on any one symbol will trigger +5 free spins and that symbol removed from the reel. If you can trigger it by getting 5 stars on more than one symbol, you’ll get +2 spins and even richer reels with fewer symbols in play.
But it’s the multipliers that are the quiet stars of this video slot review. Mostly you trigger wins on multipliers of 5x or 6x, and then they reset for the next free spins round.
If you can get those multipliers into the 20x, that’s where max wins of over 11,000x your stake come into play, and why you might never play anything other than at Microgaming casino sites.
An all-or-nothing kind of real money video slot, for an all-or-nothing risk-taker of a gambler.
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|Mobile Slot released||April 2022|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 20 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||3.87% / 96.13%|
|Min/Max bet||0.20 / 20|
|Max win||11,000x your bet|
|Free spins||Starts at 5 Free Spins / Increasing Multipliers and Richer Reels|
|Bonus rounds||Scatters, Free Spins, Richer Reels, Multipliers|
Scatters: The Book symbols are the scatter symbol. Only 1 will affect the award board and you can land 5 books anywhere on the reels at a maximum. A single book can reveal up to 3 stars or a +1 multiplier to add to the award boards. It does not have a payout.
Award Boards: Each symbol, except the book, has a star meter on the left of the screen. Each of the symbols will have the possibility of increasing its star rating or its multiplier rating, by landing just a single book symbol. These come into play during the free spins.
Free Spins Bonus: When you fill any star meter with 5 stars, you trigger 5 free spins. When another star meter is filled, an extra 2 free spins are added. The symbol represented by the full star meter is removed from the reels. The multiplier for the symbols left on the screen now becomes active during the Magical Reels slot free spins.
If the multiplier is used during the bonus (ie. that symbol is part of a win), it will reset to 1x at the end of the bonus. If not it will keep on growing for the next free spin bonus trigger.
Bonus Stars and Multipliers: If the award bonus is empty, the game will randomly award you 12 bonus stars and 12 bonus multipliers.
This Magical Reels slot game is a frustrating beast, but what do you expect from a high variance game with a top win of 11,000x your bet?
It's not going to be easy to mix just the right ingredients to get alchemical magic.
The problem is that you end up hating the free spin bonus trigger as it never triggers with enough stars, enough removal of symbols, or even enough multipliers. And then you win 30x your bet and wonder how on earth you build up anything meaningful.
But look at it another way: the potential for big wins is here, but this online slot throws you a nice bonus every once in a while to keep you spinning. Unlike the Raging Rhino Megaways slot, this feels more even-handed than most other big win Microgaming slot games.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: June 28, 2023 - Rating