Cast a Spell
Magic Castle has a very explicit title: this game is about magic, and it is taking place in a castle. The reels are simply standing against a dark stone wall, framed by burning torches that give the entire screen a mysterious red and purple glow. Add a classic command bar at the bottom and there you have Magic Castle.
To be perfectly honest, Magic Castle is far from original when it comes to looks and atmosphere. When testing it, we felt that we had visited similar virtual universes times and times over already. This isn’t the best way to stand out in such a huge market, but let’s still dig a little deeper to see what Magic Castle really has to offer.
Familiars to the Rescue
Magic Castle features 5 reels and 40 paylines in total, which gives players enough space to bet from 40 to 2000 credits at every spin. This sort of large betting range is a great advantage, as it gives all players the freedom to pick the level of risk that they are most comfortable with. The paylines are fixed, but you can still activate the autoplay game mode to place the same wager on several consecutive spins.
As mentioned above, Magic Castle has a rather high volatility. This makes you less likely to score prizes as frequently as you might be used to, and makes the entire game a little more challenging as a result. The paytable contains jewels, chalices, spell books, roses, a cat, a wolf and more original symbols, worth a maximum of 400 times the value of your current wager.
Free Spins and Multipliers Combined
If you are patient enough, Magic Castle actually has quite a few interesting bonus features to reveal. Leonora herself, for instance, plays the role of the wild card and replaces the basic icons on the reels wherever she appears. Wild combinations on their own can also award up to 1000 times your line bet instantly, if you are lucky enough to find enough of these rare symbols. Wilds also trigger extra multipliers for the combinations that they help complete, going up to x10.
Finding a combination of 3 castle symbols awards 15 free spins, during which the cats and wolves turn wild as well. Leonora wilds can still multiply your rewards up to 10 times over during the free spins, which you can retrigger by finding more castles on the reels. Play your cards right and you could win a maximum of 150 free games, enough to make you richer than you ever thought possible.
Classic Theme, Original Bonuses
Slot games such as Double Buffalo Spirit by WMS or Savanna’s Life by EGT are quite similar to Magic Castle in several ways. Most of their bonus features are identical, and you will have the possibility to win plenty of free spins in all of these games. That being said, the basic setup and number of paylines can be wildly different.
Other names like Book Of Magic from EGT have a different gameplay but very similar visual features, compared to Magic Castle. Both games star mysterious women with magic powers, are set in an undisclosed location and, simply put, look like each other a lot. Making the difference between the two, and many others, can prove challenging at times.
A Difficult Game, but with a Huge Incentive
Magic Castle is a classic slot game in terms of graphics and theme, with plenty of equivalent slots out on the market. What makes this IGT really worth trying is the free spin bonus and wild multipliers. While being overall a little challenging, Magic Castle has some very good incentives that kept us motivated right from the start.
The basic prizes on the paytable are decent, but not exceptional. Here again, the multipliers will make all the difference. This will force you to be constantly on the lookout for the special symbols that Magic Castle offers, and to make use of that large betting range to risk as many credits as you dare.