The Dark Side of Magic
Wizard of Oz Wicked Riches is clearly a trip to the dark side of the Wizard of Oz story. Instead of visiting Emerald City, you will be venturing into the heart of the Wicked Witch’s lair. With a dark castle and a creepy forest in the background with only the full moon as lighting, the atmosphere is just as eerie and intriguing as you can imagine.
The game screen is also rather crowded, with plenty of command buttons and other info boxes all over the place. That being said, Wizard of Oz Wicked Riches is probably the most visually original of the 3 games of the OZ series by WMS, and if you are a fan of the film then you probably cannot wait to know how to start betting.
Wizard of Oz Wicked Riches is making the players’ task extremely easy thanks to a shortcut-based command bar. No need to browse through long lists and menus here, just click on the wager you want to place on the 5 reels and 30 paylines of the game directly. The bet range spans from 0.30 to only 2.40 credits in total. Apart from the usual autoplay game mode, Wizard of Oz Wicked Riches is as straightforward as it gets for a slot game.
The paytable of the game contains owls, brooms, creepy castles and many characters from the Oz universe, including the witch herself of course. The maximum reward in the base game is 80 credits if you play in bet max, which makes it more challenging to win big at first in Wizard of Oz Wicked Riches. Fortunately, the game’s medium volatility will give you a fair chance to score multiple wins in a row – and just in case, you also have a very decent array of bonus features to profit from.
Watch out for the Tornadoes
Wizard of Oz Wicked Riches has some rich and dynamic bonus features to offer, on top of a classic wild card that can replace the basic icons at will. The Wicked Witch bonus symbol, for example, is a scatter that triggers 8 free spins in any position on the reels, with a random win multiplier going from x2 to x10 applied to each free spin.
One of the easiest features to trigger is the Flying Monkey Bonus; you only need to find one of the creatures on reel 3 to convince it to help you spread wilds at random all across the game screen. You can also trigger this very handy feature during the free spins.
And for a final touch of randomness, the Tornado feature can be triggered after any spin without warning, The twister will pick one of the progressive jackpots displayed on top of the reels and will transport you to a different game screen, where you have to pick the correct barn to see if you have won the big prize of not.
A Final Chapter to an Epic Story
Wizard of Oz Wicked Riches is the perfect conclusion to the WMS Oz series, an original and rather ambitious project to translate such an iconic movie into no less than 3 different slot game. Wizard of Oz Wicked Riches takes players into the lesser-known and dark world of the Wicked Witch, and we loved it.
Less challenging that Ruby Slippers, Wicked Riches stands out thanks to its many fun bonuses and how easy it is to trigger them – you can expect quite a lot of flying monkeys as you spin the reels.
After Wizard of Oz and Ruby Slippers, Wizard of Oz Wicked Riches ends this WMS trilogy. If you have not yet tried out the two other games, we highly recommend that you do so. These slots might be similar and style but each of them offers a different gameplay, and it is up to you to find the one that suits your needs best.