Golden Genie and the Walking Wilds: Overview
Abracadabra yo! Developer Nolimit City takes to the clear desert skies of the Middle East in their Aladdin themed slot Golden Genie. Everyone knows the legend – you find a lamp, give it a rub, and out pops a genie to grant three wishes. Any wish, anything at all, whatever your heart desires. Ponder the possibilities for a moment. What would you ask for? Go altruistic by ending wars, hunger and installing world peace? Or go the numero uno path by asking for immortality, fame, and an ATM card that can withdraw limitless wads of cash? Toughie, and sadly, one we are unlikely ever to face.
Where were we? Oh yes, Golden Genie and the Walking Wilds. Well, this genie might not be able to grant all of those wishes, but he does have the power to cough up big wins regardless. Nolimit has had a knack for turning out some stunning slots lately, but also some less memorable ones. Ah well, they can’t all be hits, so let’s give Golden Genie the proverbial rub to see what happens.
Speaking of classics, Nolimit City has taken a somewhat straight forward approach when it came to setting up Golden Genie. Playable from 20 p/c up to £/€100 per spin, the game utilises a 5-reel, 20-payline setup for players to score winners on. This occurs in combinations of at least three matching symbols, consecutively, starting at the first reel. This is the rule for most of the game, however, there is a slight alteration to the win ways during one of the features as you will see.
Visually, it’s also pretty straight forward. A clear night sky full of stars serves as a backdrop while the odd cloud drifts by. You can imagine the respite night brings in this part of the world following the hammer and anvil sun during the day. No wonder Dubai provides air-conditioned bus stops for its public transport using citizens. The music, meanwhile, is a curious mix of the Middle East with a touch of Deadwood’s soundtrack/effects in the air. Speaking of that game, Golden Genie doesn’t get as manic as Deadwood does, but there is a subtle undertone of the Wild West going on.
A closer inspection of the highly volatile math model reveals a hit frequency of 33.91%, which means wins are triggered every third spin on average. As typically is the case with Nolimity City, Golden Genie comes in two RTP versions for operators to use depending on the market - one version offering an RTP of 96.03% and another one at 94.11%.
As for the symbols, there are 10 regular pays. Half are the usual 10 to A royals, the rest are leopards, striking serpents, lamps, Aladdins, and Princesses. Values are good amongst the upper high pays, where a line of 5 princesses are worth 25 times the stake. The slightly aggrieved looking Genie symbol serves as both wild and scatter. As a wild, the genie substitutes for any regular pay symbol to form a winning combination.
Golden Genie and the Walking Wilds: Features
Golden Genie is a rather busy slot with several features to benefit from. First out are the Genie Lamps Stacked Wilds exclusively found on random base game spins. When activated, reel 2 and 4 turn into fully stacked wilds while the remaining reels continue to spin. During this feature, the game pays both ways.
Also during the main game, if Aladdin aligns to the left of the lamp symbol, the Genie Wishes feature is activated. Here, all Aladdin and Lamp symbols act as wilds. Moreover, all pay symbols get a random payout multiplier of x2, x3, x4, x5, or x10 attached. If Genie Wishes occurs during the free spins feature, all Aladdin and Lamp symbols transform into Genie symbols.
The highlight of this slot is the Genie Parade free spins feature which is triggered when 3 or more scatter symbols appear in view anywhere on the reels. This feature doesn't come with a set number of spins. Instead, it continues for as long as there are Genie scatter wilds still in play.
Now, one of the Genie symbols takes on the role as the Golden Genie and all Genies begin their journey with an x1 multiplier. With each spin, the genie symbols move one reel to the left until falling off the leftmost reel. This includes those that triggered the feature as well as any new ones which land.
The Golden Genie has a multiplier that increases by +1 for every spin which it also transfers to all the other genies. If the Golden Genie falls out of view, it makes the genie to its right the new golden one. When all Golden Genies have left the show, one more spin takes place which may produce another genie. In that case, this new one becomes the Golden Genie, continuing the feature with the accumulated multiplier.
The bonus round theoretically arrives every 190 spins, but if you aren’t in the mood to wait you can hit the Nolimit Bonus Buy button. Where available, players can lay out 80 times their stake to land at least 3 scatters on the next spin. The RTP increases to 96.36% when buying the feature.
Golden Genie and the Walking Wilds: Verdict
Aladdin and his highly desirable lamp is a theme that shows up in slots regularly. Nolimit City has created quite a good example of this style for players to have a rub at. It manages to be classic in some sense, yet the features are unusual and complement the exotic theme. A couple of downsides are the somewhat basic visuals, as well as a main game which gets a bit samey at times.
Those after something a little different may well find it in The Genie Parade. This feature has good potential thanks to its intriguing combination of walking wilds and progressive multipliers. It’s both fairly original, and effective, especially if Genie Wishes appear to load the grid with Genie symbols.
On the subject of potential, Golden Genie and the Walking Wilds might not be a cave of stolen treasure, but it can produce wins of up to 9,583 times the stake. The base game does have the tendency to be a bit repetitive, but the Genie Lamp and the Genie Wishes do pop up from time to time to help stave off boredom.
Albeit not as stirring as some other titles in their catalogue – Barbarian Fury, Deadwood, Punk Rocker spring instantly to mind - Golden Genie and the Walking Wilds is another solid Nolimit Slot. The Genie Parade lives up to its name when it’s on, offering an extended bonus game loaded with substantial rewards. For possible wild/multiplier bonanzas or something slightly different at least, Golden Genie and the Walking Wilds is definitely worth a look.
If Deadwood and Harlequin left you wanting more games in that vein, Golden Genie makes for a good follow-up.