Wishing Wheel: Slot Overview
Irish games are arguably one slot category that isn't crying out for more entries, especially if developers are going to clone older releases to do so. Such is the case with Wishing Wheel from iSoftBet which uses the same math model and features of the rocking disco slot Hot Spin Deluxe. Players who went all weak at the knees when spinning for modifiers from Hot Spin Deluxe's feature-wheel can do so all over again, this time on the Emerald Isle surrounded by shamrocks, rainbows and leprechauns.
iSoftBet has created a traditional Irish view consisting of green grass, hills, cloudy skies and what appears to be a Hobbit hole to host their 5-reel, 20-payline game area. Players get an equally traditional soundtrack backgrounding the action, which should make fans of this style feel right at home. A tempting wheel on the left is more atypical, highlighting a bunch of enticing features such as "Rainbow Wilds" and "Shamrock Sync". A final touch is our smiley green attired, red-haired chum who leaps into the fray from time to time to help bestow modifiers. On the whole, Wishing Wheel serves up a set of consistently predictable yet exceptionally well-designed audio-visuals.
If you're familiar with Hot Spin Deluxe the stats won't surprise you much, including the 96.11% RTP and high volatility. During testing, bonus games could end in fist-through-the-screen inducing zero coins being awarded. On the other end of the scale, the 5,000x max win figure is not bad at all it must be stated, even if it doesn't stand out in any way by today's standards. Along the way, a hit rate of around one spin in three keeps the game moving, as do random spins of the feature wheel when our leprechaun pal's feeling generous. Players tempted to try their luck with Wishing Wheel can do so on any device, selecting bets from 20 p/c to £/€20 per spin.
Wishing Wheel provides eight unimaginative, yet in-theme symbols to line up. Four are low pay J-A icons covered in Celtic weaves, while premiums are mushrooms, four-leaf clovers, harps and pots of gold. The pot of gold is the only symbol type that pays out on two of a kind or more, whereas the rest require at least three to create a winning combination. Four-leaf clovers appear on the wild as well, in a golden form, to replace any other symbol except the bonus.
Wishing Wheel: Slot Features
For an Irish themed slot, Wishing Wheel is a rather feature-rich experience. Of course, it helps they were all premade and ported over from a previous slot. As you might have gathered from the title, the main event is a feature wheel awarding modifiers, joined by random multipliers and free spins.
At any stage of the base game, the leprechaun may randomly leap into life and give the wheel a spin. Whatever feature the wheel stops on is applied to the following spin:
- Mystery Pipe – 6, 8, or 12 mystery symbols are randomly placed on the grid, then all transform into the same matching pay symbol.
- Rainbow Wilds – 5, 7, or 10 wild symbols are distributed across the reels.
- Mega Reels – 3x3 sized mega symbols appear on reels 1-3 or 2-4.
- Shamrock Sync – 2 or 3 reels become synced, so they display the same symbols on each. It's possible to win Super Shamrock Sync in which 3, 4, or even 5 reels are synced.
- Rainbow Reels – up to 3 reels are stacked with wilds. The Super Rainbow Reels version stacks 3, 4, or 5 reels.
- Ultra Reels – the entire 5-reel grid becomes one single titanic symbol.
As an extra good piece of fortune, Shamrock Multipliers may randomly be awarded when the wheel spins. If so, then it reveals a multiplier of up to 10x to improve the resulting win.
Last up is free spins, accessed when scatter symbols are in view on reels 1, 3 and 5. This triggers a spin on the Wishing Wheel to win up to 15 free spins. One feature from the above list is also selected to be active on every single free spin. You don't miss out on the Shamrock Multiplier either, which may come into play on any free spin if awarded.
Wishing Wheel: Slot Verdict
Like most Irish slots, if you're not into the leprechaun thing, you probably won't be excited to play whatever game happens to be full of them. The same can be said about Wishing Wheel, crammed to the gills as it is with Celtic clichés. Such comprehensive use does make it a great match for leprechaun buffs to lose themselves in. As to theme treatment, iSoftBet has used it as thoroughly as any other studio has. Wishing Wheel manages to look like most of its competitors while providing more than enough spritely magic on the reels and jaunty leprechaun antics to please fans.
What may possibly broaden Wishing Wheel's appeal is its wide variety of modifiers available in all phases of the game. They pop up fairly often during the base game and on each free spin of course, yet they can be infuriatingly useless. As mentioned above, bonus games can end up with no wins occurring despite having full reel wilds or synced reels, which is as baffling to write as it was annoying to sit through. As we know, luck is unpredictable, so be prepared for modifiers or bonus games that go absolutely nowhere when playing Wishing Wheel. On the flip side, potential is decent where wins top out at 5,000 times the bet.
So was the cloning process worth it? Sure, why not. Anyone after a good-humoured Irish slot full of extras will have no problem getting on board with Wishing Wheel. At the end of the day it's a competent enough addition to the swollen Irish line-up that takes nothing away, if not adding much which wasn't there before. If Hot Spin Deluxe dipped in a barrel of Guinness sounds appetising, then Wishing Wheel should have the goods to entertain.
Move the disco hall gaming of Hot Spin Deluxe to the rolling hills of Ireland, and you’ve nailed what Wishing Wheel is all about.