The Masquerade Begins
Lovers are always destined to meet at the carnival and these are represented on the symbols. Who they are remains unknown. Traditionally masks were worn so that the wearer could act more freely as identities were kept secret making them extremely handy for romantic liaisons. The gentleman on the reels wears a green costume and a Bauta mask and carries a rose for his lover. The lady’s symbol is in a fancy dress costume and wears a columbina eye mask. Another couple are seen under the moonlight wearing Medico Della Peste masks, otherwise known as plague doctors’ masks.
Other symbols include a single columbina mask, a fancy necklace and peacock feather fan. The high paying symbol is the Lion of St Mark’s, a gold statue of a lion with wings which will pay 2500 coins for 5 in a row along a payline. Even the low paying symbols are given the opulent treatment with card suites appearing as a red heart, purple diamond, blue spade and green club. Players get two wilds instead of one for this casino slot machine. There is the Joker wild which is quite shiny and multi-coloured, and the other wild symbol is the bell tower of St Mark’s Basilica.
The joker or tower symbols can be awarded on any spin with the joker acting as a x2 wild multiplier and the tower as an expanding wild filling the whole reel. The scatter symbol is a zodiac wheel which can appear anywhere on reels 2, 3 or 4. When any of those symbols land, lightning flashes and a crack of thunder is heard to mark their arrival. Free games can be awarded when 3 scatters fall. When this happens the screen is filled with a starry sky and the 3 colourful zodiac wheels appear.
These rotate to determine the number of free spins up to 15, which of the two wilds will feature and the multiplier of x2, x3, or x5 to play for the extra games awarded. If the joker is the wild selected and is used to secure a winning match, this doubles the multiplier that was awarded for the game. This really boosts the wins to high paying ones when gold coins appear to spill from the screen as the wins pay out.
Waterways of Venice
Venice Magic features love and is also a water themed slot. It’s no surprise that when looking at other water themes, Venice is quite a popular subject. Venetia is a slot using software by GameArt that is very similar to Venice Magic. It uses similar symbol icons across its 5 reels, although when representing Venice we imagine there’s only so much that can be used. Betting is made per payline of which there are 20 and the lowest stake is 0.20 with the maximum being 10.
Its style is very glamorous with good clear 3D graphics, but it doesn’t quite capture the feel of the festival as well as Venice Magic does. That can possibly be put down to its overuse of too many iconic symbols of Venice. Less really is more sometimes and this is one of those times. Plenty of free spins on offer and a cool gamble feature to help boost wins makes it still enjoyable.
Venice Magic is a medium to high variance slot that has good pay table and masses of appeal in addition to a good return-to-player percentage with 96.18% being the magic numbers. Betting can be placed with quite high limits so one for serious gamblers, especially with its variance rating. As one of the latest online slots, punters can also play Venice Magic on mobile and it looks and sounds equally as great carried to different platforms. Many might look at it and think it’s a bit gaudy looking, but we thought it was a thing of beauty as it represents all the flamboyance of the traditional Venice carnival. It blends the waltzes with the scenery to explode on the senses with pure enjoyment. A beautiful city, a beautiful game, and a beautiful time spent playing it.