Wizard of Aus

(iSoftBet) Slot Review

Wizard of Aus slot

Wizard of Aus: Slot Overview

Prepare to head down under, in iSoftBet‘s magically inclined slot, Wizard of Aus. Players are no doubt aware of the original Wizard of Oz, the famous book, or the equally if not more famous film starring Judy Garland as Dorothy. In a play on words, iSoftBet has flipped the title so players don’t find themselves sucked up in a tornado and dumped on a new world. Rather, Aus being short for Australia, we’re off to the wide brown land, sort of, in a magical antipodean themed game.

iSoftBet has leaned a lot more heavily on the magic aspect than the Aus one. Being a clone of Merlin’s Magic Mirror, the studio has left most of the original intact. They have made a few references to Australia via a Gandalf type character with corks dangling from his wizard hat, and at a stretch, a parrot in a tree on the right-hand side of the game panel. Other than these two loose allusions, the rest of Wizard of Aus is entirely magic-based – reinforced by a medieval-inspired soundtrack and enchanted forest location. Wizard of Aus gives off a peaceful vibe, matching the spirit of its gameplay, which has moments but is far from being a high flying slot.

Played using 5 reels and 20 paylines, punters can get the wand-waving going on any device, from smartphone to desktop, and anything in between. Stakes are the usual iSoftBet range, starting at 20 p/c for those stretching a bankroll to £/€20 per spin for the mid to higher rollers. The math model also rolls on medium volatility while producing a theoretical return value of 95.96%.

Magic permeates the paytable, where we find crystal-like low pays embossed with 10-A icons, then a potion bottle, a mysteriously glowing tome, an owl, and a pipe-smoking wizard as the premium symbols. Hitting a full line of premiums generates a payout worth 8 to 25 times the total stake. Purple and gold wild symbols replace any other symbols except the scatter to form winning combinations. A combination formed only of wilds pays like the highest premium, if it is the highest combo on a line.

Wizard of Aus: Slot Features

Wizard of Aus slot
Wizard of Aus – free spins

The Evil Queen from Snow White would be all over Wizard of Aus as its two main features revolve around Magic Mirrors in one form or another, accompanied by a couple of secondary modifiers. The first is ten Magic Mirror Free Spins, triggered when 3 or more scatter symbols are in view. All triggering scatters are transformed into Magic Mirrors and remain sticky for the duration of free spins. At the end of each spin, every Magic Mirror symbol reveals either a cash prize (displayed as a coin value) or a symbol of the same kind. It is possible new Magic Mirror land during the feature, and if so, they also stick for the rest of the free spins round.

The second feature is Magic Mirror Respins. When 3 symbols of the same type land on reel one, Magic Mirror Respins are triggered. Magic Mirrors reveal a random symbol and remain sticky for the rest of the respins. If any new symbols of the same type land, they are locked and respins continue. When the grid is filled or no new winning symbols land, the winning total is awarded.

Let’s finish off this section with a couple of random modifiers. One is Wizard Wilds, which turns a number of symbols wild at the end of any paid spin when activated. The other is Mystery Magic. After any losing spin, a random number of symbols are transformed into a matching symbol to form potential wins.

Wizard of Aus: Slot Verdict

Sometimes, when a developer picks a country to theme a game, they go completely overboard and ram in more cultural references than you can shake a wand at. Perhaps if Wizard of Aus was a completely original game, they might have, but it’s actually the total opposite, so any Australian based players out there might feel slightly short-changed. The studio has gone for a light touch in this regard, which iSoftBet is to be commended for in some ways; just don’t expect to rock up to Bondi Beach in a pair of budgie smugglers and throw another shrimp on the barbie.

Still, iSoftBet has made an attempt at bottling the Aussie easy-going, water off a duck’s back attitude, and Wizard of Aus does capture this spirit quite well. Wizard of Aus provides relaxing gaming, more concerned with conjuring up a magical atmosphere than taking players on a crazy all or nothing ride. The features are nice if your expectations aren’t too high, occasionally pulling off a decent enough result. Respins have the ability to build something cute, and Magic Mirrors can stack up some okay coin wins during free spins from time to time. We’re probably being too easy on Wizard of Aus, but iSoftBet has designed such a pleasant game they’ve made it hard to bring the hammer down and be overly critical.

In the end, Wizard of Aus is a warmly presented slot that might appeal to a certain type of casual player. If defence against the dark arts is a private passion or traipsing through enchanted forests at midnight spotting owls sounds like a marvellous night out, Wizard of Aus could be a good fit. If you are expecting a high powered romp through the outback dodging dangerous wildlife with a Dumbledore-like character, forget it.

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In the end, Wizard of Aus is a warmly presented slot that might appeal to a certain type of casual player.

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