Any game with a magical theme is a fun play if it’s designed well, and that’s certainly the case with Wizard’s Castle. You won’t find the vastly superior graphics that Betsoft included in some of their 3D titles, but there’s still good quality images and some entertaining features too, such as the floating wizard. The symbols are cartoon-like but well drawn and there’s enough of a magical feel to get fans of this genre interested enough to pull out their wand!
Flip the Tiles
When you’re ready to get started, open your spell book and get ready for play. There are 5 reels in front of you, set up to resemble stone bricks but these won’t rotate like a normal reel. Instead of spinning row in rows of three, each of these tiles flips individually – and only after the head wizard commands them by thrusting his wand in their direction!
On the reels there’s a total of 9 paylines which you can reduce by clicking on the relevant spell book at the base of the screen. You can also set the amount to bet per spin with between one and five credits available. You can also set the value of each credit, with between 0.02 and 1.00 on offer.
The paytable shows the prizes which are on offer so if you’re not sure how to bet, this can be a big help. Most symbols pay out for a match of two with just the pestle and mortar and scrolls requiring a line of three. The payout per line is multiplied by the number of credits you play, with so it’s easy to work out what’s up for grabs.
Play the Elements
The main way to win on Wizard’s Castle is by lining up regular symbols along an active payline but there are some extras up for grabs too. There’s not as many as can be found in some of the other Betsoft titles but they still can help to bump up your prize tally. Wild and scatter symbols are included on the gameboard and these help to make it easier to get a win. Scatters are the only symbol which count no matter where they land on the reels.
You’ll also find a bonus feature. This is unlocked when you manage to spin all four elemental symbols – air, earth, wind and fire – consecutively along a single payline. The bonus pulls down a new screen where you’ll find six scrolls waiting for you. This is a “pick me” style bonus and all you have to do is to decide which scroll you think holds the biggest prize. Once you’ve made your choice the scroll will unfurl and reveal what your win is before returning you back to the base game.
A Wizarding Community
If you’ve enjoyed the chance to whip out your wand and cast a few spells you’ll be delighted to hear that there’s plenty more magical themed slots on the market. Alkemor’s Tower, also from Betsoft, is a slightly larger slot based on 243 ways to win, but also features the same emphasis on elemental spells.
Moving away from Betsoft and offering a different approach, there’s Bell Wizard from Wazdan which reinvents the traditional fruit symbols and places them deep within a magical setting, complete with 9 paylines.
Wizard’s Castle from Betsoft isn’t the most expansive title from this developer in the magical genre, but nevertheless there are plenty of features here to both entertain and offer a good chance of a win too.