Street Magic Slot: Introduction
Having reviewed NetEnt's high-quality production Halloween Jack yesterday, the poor visual design of Street Magic becomes painfully apparent and hard to ignore. Some providers, such as WMS and Novomatic, have a knack for producing retro type games, something they do very well, but in this case, unfortunately, the visuals come across as outdated. It might seem a bit unfair to compare a relatively small studio to a mighty company like NetEnt with all the resources available to them, but what Play'n GO lacks in visual design it makes up for in mathematical design.
Street Magic is a 5-reel, 4-row slot with 20 fixed pay lines and available bet size settings ranging from €0.20 to €100. It comes shipped with a default setting of 96.48% RTP, well within the acceptable range. Central to Street Magic is the Magician Performance feature and the sticky wilds which we will look into further below.
As already mentioned, visually the game lacks punch, and the theme appears generic and outdated. The static pink backdrop does nothing to enhance the experience, although the eerie sound loop, which by the way seems to have been inspired by Yggdrasil's Nirvana, does a good job carrying the game.
Street Magic Slot: Symbols & Magician Performance Feature
There are 4 low-value symbols included in the game represented by heart, diamond, club and spade symbols, alongside 5 premium symbols represented by handcuffs, daggers, padlocks, pocket watches and rings, the latter being the most lucrative, giving you 25 times the stake for 5 of a kind.
The main character, a tattooed magician, serves a multi-purpose. As well as acting as a wild symbol, he also serves as a scatter. Land 2 of these in the main game and you'll benefit from one of three randomly picked Magician Performance features. These include:
- The Wild Shuffle - 4 wild symbols are randomly distributed onto the reels.
- The Expanding Man - the two magician scatter symbols expand, creating two wild reels.
- The Transporting Man - a third magician scatter symbol is added to the reels, triggering free spins.
Street Magic Slot: Free Spins
The free spins can be triggered either through the Magician Performance feature or by landing the scatter symbol on reels 1, 3 and 5. Once triggered, players will have to choose one of three cards displayed, revealing the total number of initial spins won. The possibilities are: 8, 10, or 12.
During the free spins, any wild symbol that lands on the reels remain locked for the whole duration of the feature. Should you managed to land at least one wild on each individual reel, a re-trigger is awarded with an additional 4, 6, or 8 free spins. It is only possible to re-trigger the feature once.
Street Magic: Conclusion
Production wise it's not the most exciting game, but do not judge a book by its cover. Street Magic is an explosive slot with good potential and high volatility. In the case you would land a full screen of wilds you have 500 times the stake spins to look forward to and a chance of landing the 5000x max win in the bonus.
Furthermore, sticky wild mechanics, which is our favourite feature, has proven successful in classic slots such as Dead or Alive (NetEnt), Cazino Zeppelin (Yggdrasil), and Rumpel (Novomatic). It remains to see, however, if further down the road we'll be able to add Street Magic to this list of classic sticky wild online slots.
Street magician or con artist?