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First of all, there’s nothing as slick as a wombat wearing a top hat and tails, in the manner of a ringmaster. Because I’m a bloke who loves a touch of drama, Balthazar’s Wild Carnival slot gave me a chance to spin some reels while unleashing my inner showman. So roll, roll up for a symbol spinning carnival. This fella could take on the star of the Queen of the Crystal Rays slot for the top entertainment slot!
Core Gaming has produced this second Balthazar themed game to please the crowds clamouring for another bite of this cheeky chappy.
The Wild in the game’s title is a big ol’ clue, this is a game where the Wild generates a lot of the action. Plus, the showman has magic up his swanky sleeves in the shape of those potion modifiers and a cluster of progressive jackpots.
Look and Feel
This game is set in the world of the road-side carnival. Meet the nattily-dressed bloke with the beard and red suit – this is Balthazar of course- the game’s sharp dressed man with a plan. It all smacks of a Victorian era like the Sherlock’s Casebook slot from 1X2. Good job, Core Gaming!
The reels are set on a wooden stage and awning, the scene of the main man’s flights of fancy. Balthazar lurks to the left of the reels and comes to life as you spin the reels.
This is game with some top-flight graphics and the spin button has been swapped for a mysterious cauldron.
The Balthazar’s Wild Carnival slot is set over 3 rows, 5 reels and 20 pay-lines. Just like the Tiki Vikings slot from Microgaming and Just for the Win in other words, but that is where the similarities end.
The big-ticket icons on the reels include the chest of potions, a coin with Balthazar’s shy and retiring face, a spell, and the showman’s top hat.
The lower value icons are the Ace through 10 of the card deck.
A mysterious sparkle with the word “Wild” could net you a supersized payday if you land 5 of them on an active pay-line. The Wild subs for all icons except the special Scatter- a selection of 3 different bottles.
Enhanced Free Spins
If you are lucky enough to land two different Scatters on reel 1 and 2 you will trigger the free spins game. The number of pink, blue or gold potion bottles you land on the reels will dictate the number of free spins you will get. Landing five of the gold potion bottles will reward you with the top prize, 300 free spins. Nice one Balthie!
Prepare for your big show moment. You will see the Gamble Wheel presented by the suited and booted Balthazar. Spin the wheel to determine whether you collect your free spins, increase your bet level and more.
During the free spins round the title’s suped-up Wilds are on offer. The magician can award Firework, Exploding and Marching Wilds.
Marching Wilds land a trio of Wilds that travel the reels, trying to make you a win.
In a moment of pyrotechnic madness, ol’ Balthie Boy will lob a firework at the reels making Firework Wilds. Where the firework goes, it leaves Wilds in its wake. It kind of reminds me of a barbecue at Wombat Towers when I throw a few mystery bangers into the mix.
Finally, Balthazar can check a secret potion on the reels, leaving a trial of Exploding Wilds. That dude is a real showman! Balthie, you crafty fella, you!
Watch out for these bits of magic which materialise in a puff of smoke and awards at random 1 of 5 modifiers.
– First of all, watch out for Wild Reels which add new Wilds to the reels – not only that but they arrive stacked. Bravo my man.
– Then 5 of a Kind give you a win with 5 icons.
– When Oversized Colossal Wilds land they take out other icons and try and get you over the winning line.
– Big Win gifts you a win that can be a tidy x20 wager value.
– And Lucky Wilds sees Balthazar selecting a standard icon to turn Wild. Where these new icons make up part of a winning pay-line, the value of the line win is magically increased by x7.
A tiny percentage of your wager is stored away to fill the 7 jackpots which you can randomly trigger at any time.
First of all, Balthazar’s Wild Carnival slot is a game dressed to impress and it doesn’t fall short with all of these features. Those seats will be packed thanks to the showstoppers that this game contains.
With a host of reel modifiers, a trio of special Wilds and the enhanced free spins this is is a sell-out show. And, don’t forget those 300 free spins on offer. Bring on the Magic, Balthazar is my new favourite slot dude.
Wombat Score 4.5
The Balthazar Wild Carnival slot is slick and packed with a trophy of extras.