A Starlit Night
It’s like you’re looking up at a beautiful night sky when you look at the 5 reels of The Magic Flute; the rich blue background is awash with delicate white swirls and pinpricks that look like stars. A magical setting fit for an opera as renowned as this.
Against the deep blue, there are the vibrant colours of the symbols, some of which are popping with an eclectic mix of colours, perfectly contrasting against the dark hues. In a similar fashion, this is what the payline indicators surrounding the grid do. They pop against the darkness to highlight their importance.
In regards to the graphic quality of the images used, they do have a dated texture to them that feels somewhat retro, but given the age of the opera itself, it works in Novomatic’s favour. The Magic Flute is a more authentic and atmospheric experience due to its lack of extravagant graphics.
Pipes of Peace
Panpipes are your means of unlocking 15 free games, which is about the only feature of the game. When they’re found upon a winning line, in enough quantities, the pipes will sound and the extras will begin to spin your reels for you. Customers can make a match of 2 of the scatter symbol and get €2 for their reward, but to actually trigger the spins, you need over three matches.
There is a wild icon at work here, a snowy looking queen that dominates the grid whenever she appears, but in truth she only offers a doubling of cash. Although good, the volatility of the title means it doesn’t occur very often, and so the free games still come out on top.
Magic in the Air
The rest of the paytable is broken down into casual tiles and premium ones, the former easily identified due to their card suit values. The A, K, J, Q and 10 can reward as much as €120, should you find enough of them, but they’re relatively small prizes when compared with the mighty elegance of Tamino and Pamina, the male and female (main) protagonists of the opera and game. Even on the lowest betting range, they can be worth €750. Each.
As already stated, the wild can double funds, and thus is the most rewarding of all the items, with five of a kind reaching as much as €9,000.
What Serene Music You Play…
The controls in The Magic Flute are rather different to a lot you may have seen elsewhere, when playing Novomatic games – they have an old school edge, making it feel like you’re sat in front of a physical slot machine. It takes something away from the ‘story’ of the title, but it does mean that playing the activity is much simpler.
Bet One is how you will tap through the bet amounts, with €1 per payline being your starting point. To reach the maximum bet, you can continue clicking that widget or utilise the Bet Max toggle next to it; the final amount you’re able to bet is €100 on every line.
Unlike other Novomatic games, the bet doesn’t affect or change the paytable, thus you don’t have to break the bank in an attempt to win big.
The autospins don’t have any additional settings, therefore meaning the reels jump to attention as soon as you select the option, and can be stopped just as easily.
Time Honoured Magic
When all is said and done, Novomatic have done a good job in adapting the opera into a friendly gaming format. However, that isn’t to say that the mystic wonder of The Magic Flute is conveyed to the highest standard – there is much room for improvement.
There’s so much scope for dynamic aesthetics and lively bonus features, rather than a time worn appearance and limited variance. Still, the final verdict is a positive one, making The Magic Flute enjoyable if not overwhelming.