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I can admit to rubbing my teapot a few times in the fruitless hope that I’d magic a genie out, but now things are looking up wombat fans. Enter the rewarding and a touch nerve-wracking world of a genie in NetEnt’s The Wish Master slot. We have plenty of magic here at Wombat Towers including Balthazar’s Wild Carnival and Re-Spin Circus, but somehow NetEnt always seem to make the magic go that much further.
There’s certainly a generous genie on the loose with 900,000 coin wins up for grabs. So don’t be fooled by the darkly-dressed genie spreading cash and fear in equal amounts. There’s wonga to be won for the brave players.
Look and Feel
NetEnt’s genie-themed game looks heavily inspired by Disney’s Aladdin movie but more spooky. This is no colour fest like the Respin Circus slot but iti does have some great features. The wish-maker at the centre of the game is less of a goofball and more of an evil spirit in a black hood with a glowing finger. Gulp, I may need to crack out my wombat karate!
The slot has a dangerous vibe, with crisp eye-catching graphics and an expensive finish. The tone of the whole game is sleek and glossy. When you win you’ll get the chance to see the Wish Master creature animated and at his scary best.
The transparent reels are set in a dark cavern where heaps of coins form the background to the reels. To the right of the reels, glowing in a spotlight is a golden lamp, home of the wicked genie. Let’s get down to our three wishes.
The magical reel-spinning in the WishMaster slot takes place over 3 rows, 5 reel and a plentiful 20 pay-lines, so on the same level as the Inca’s Treasure slot machine from Tom Horn and a bunch of other games I could mention.
4 Gem-encrusted animal masks are the high-value symbols with a pink cobra mask taking the top spot, followed by a big cat, a scorpion and a black bird.
The Ace through Jack of the card deck in an ancient font makes the game’s lower value icons.
Flickering and flaming letters spell out “Wild” against a black shape, rather like the genie. This icon will sub for all symbols except the Scatter. Finally, the Scatter is a red-backed painting of the genie’s lamp.
Free Spins Secure a Scatter on the reels and the genie rises from the lamp giving you 10 free spins in a dramatic and chilling fashion. During this mode, the genie can trigger a variety of 5 side games, with 3 of these being able to run at the same time. Any further Scatters that land will boost your game with an extra 5 free spins. OK, he might look a bit spooky, but we love the genie!
Don’t be fooled by his appearance. This rare creature is here to try to make your money-making wishes come true. So what does this ghoulish figure have up his fiery sleeves?
You might be given a Random Wild where a pair of Floating Wilds land on each spin. Not bad.
Or, how about an Expanding Wild which grows to cover a reel and tries to make you a win?
And who could say no to a Wild Reel: the jean genie makes an entire reel, the one containing the feature-triggering Scatter, turn Wild.
Or maybe you’ll get an Extra Wild. This side feature turns one of the cobra or cat masks into a Wild version of the symbol (it gains a letter “W”).
The mysterious lamp beast might just give you either a x2 or x3 Multiplier too. If the gods of the lamp are with you then you may see this pair of multipliers working together, giving you a very handy x6 multiplier.
The Wish Master slot has graphics that are practically perfect (I couldn’t do better with my easel and paints). This game is based on a great original idea that is as rewarding, as it is smart.
Despite the dark looks, the genie in this game is trying to bag you coins so just don’t go hiding behind the sofa when he shows up, as he has 5 features to offer you.