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The wombat says: This wombat remembers when Magic Portals slot was released back in 2013. There was a big old buzz around the fantasy-themed game as NetEnt had decided to shake things up with Wilds and Scatters – which got us gamblers in a right kerfuffle. NetEnt has always had a reputation for creating unique and unusual game-play (check out the Tornado Farm Escape slot if you don’t believe me), and this is no exception. But has it stood the test of time? Let’s get cracking with our betting wands Wombat Fans, and find out.
Look and Feel
The graphics are pretty good overall, with the wizards, witches, owls and wolves given a nice hand-drawn treatment and a lot of neon animated effects. We particularly like the arc of flashing blue electricity that sparks from symbol to symbol when you land a magic portal win – it reminds us of The Lab Slot machine – it all adds to the atmosphere.
This is a 5-reel slot with 3 rows and 25 paylines, and your symbols on the reels are based on things that you’d associate with the magical and mystical.
They are made up of blue, green and red crystal spheres, a scary wolf, an owl mid flight and a fierce red dragon as your low value symbols, plus the blue-haired witch (who looks much scarier than the one on the Lucky Witch slot), a wizard with a long white beard and a red-headed witch as your high paying icons.
Magic Portals Wilds
There is no Wild symbol (as we know it) in Magic Portals slot. Instead, you’ll find 2 pink and blue glowing spheres that live in the middle row of reels 1 and 5. If the any of same symbol lands on both of these magic portals during the same spin then that symbol turns Wild, PLUS any other matching symbols that have landed anywhere else across the reels will also become Wild, too. Wooohoo! As you can see, this makes for some very lucrative winning combinations…
Scatters and Free Spins
These awesome little magic portals not only create wilds for you when you need them most, but are also responsible for triggering off the enchanted and elusive Free Spins too…
If you manage to land 2x of the Free Spins symbols on both magic portals on reels 1 and 5 and it’s time to get dizzy! 10 Free Spins will be yours Wombat Fans, and 2 more magic portals will open up on Reel 5, to give you even more chances to win.
Oh, and one more thing: you can re-trigger the Free Spins Bonus at any time by landing 2x more of the Free Spins symbols in the magic portals again. We managed it, and scooped 495 coins with 20 spins and we didn’t even need to cast a spell…
Hurrah for Magic Portals! And hurrah for NetEnt! We scooped a magical mega win of 1040 coins, which made us very happy indeed. Basically, it’s all about the eponymous magic portals in this slot – the base game pay outs are made much more lucrative by the magic Wilds, and if you trigger the Free Spins you can expect to take home some truly magical payouts.
Wombat score: 4/5
Loses a point for slightly outdated design…