About Voodoo Magic Slot
The world of voodoo magic has been invoked in a few top slot games of recent times, including ELK studios brilliant Voodoo Gold. This time Pragmatic Play are the developer to take on the weird and exotic world of curses and strange supernatural events. They’ve set their game in a dark witch shack somewhere in the Caribbean. Here, a chubby old witch appears to be brewing up potions and casting spells on the right side of the screen, while a snake in a jar sits and watches from the other side. You’ll also notice a voodoo doll with needles in its head, skulls, and eyes that might even be human. Meanwhile, a creepy soundtrack plays away to up the atmosphere still further.
It’s all a bit comic book but fun nonetheless, and Pragmatic’s creative team have been hard at work once again to bring the theme of this slot to life. The model is simple 5 reel stuff with 4 rows and 40 fixed paylines in play at all times. Bets start at just $0.20 per spin. Let’s find out more …
RTP, Variance and Top Payout
First thing to note is that like a few more of Pragmatic’s recent releases, Voodoo Magic is a highly volatile game. That means the win distribution will be very uneven, with long spells of little or no return before hitting an epic win sequence. So set your stake accordingly and don’t play if you are looking for a slow-paced game with regular wins. The Return to Player is a pretty average 96.5% so no complaints there, and your top win potential is just 1,000x per spin. That’s quite small in today’s market, and realistically in a normal session you won’t get much passed 100x to 500x.
Wins are triggered by landing three or more identical symbols on a payline from left to right, beginning on the left most reel.
Symbols and Paytable
Low value symbols are the standard cards, 9 through to Ace. Premiums are shown as a variety of scary-looking icons including lizards, ram’s skulls, alligators and some weird, unidentified skulls. The priestess is the top-paying symbol, delivering 12.5x bet for five of a kind. Look out as well for the wild which looks horrific too, but still substitutes for all regular icons to form winlines. Finally, the deadly potion is the Scatter that appears only on reels 2, 3, and 4, and triggers Voodoo Free Spins and Random Spins bonus rounds.
Gameplay and Features
Moving on to the features and all the best stuff here happens in the bonus rounds of which there are two. During the base game though you can benefit from Random Spin features that enhance the paytable or add wilds to the mix. Here’s how they work:
Random Spin Feature
To trigger this feature, you’ll need to land Scatters on reels 2 and 3. When this happens, you’ll be given a choice of two potion bottles and, depending on which of the bottles you picked, you will get either a Mystery Curse feature or a Fortune Hex feature.
Mystery Curse Feature– once the spin is over, a random number of Wilds will be added to the reels to give you a GUARANTEED WIN.
Fortune Hex Feature– All of the Bonus icons and low value symbols are removed from the reels. This leaves only premium symbols which greatly enhances your chances of landing bigger wins.
Voodoo Free Spins Feature
The main event here is the Voodoo Free Spins Feature.
To set this up, first of all, you need to land three Scatters on reels 2, 3, and 4. This gives you three options – you’ll need to pick from three cards with skulls on them, to decide whether you play Voodoo Free Spins, Super Voodoo Free Spin, or Mega Voodoo Free Spins!
Whichever you play, your free Spins will come with Mystery Symbols which will appear in stacks during the round. Whenever a stack lands on the reels the Mystery Symbols transform into one standard symbol from the paytable giving you more chances of winning. Remember, the higher the value of the symbol they transform into, the greater your wins can be.
In all three Voodoo Free Spins options, you get five free spins.
Now, here’s the good bit:
- Voodoo Free Spins will give you a guaranteed win of at least 10x stake.
- Super Voodoo Free Spins will give you a guaranteed of at least 25x bet.
- Mega Voodoo Free Spins will give you a guaranteed of at least 50x bet.
So, if the guaranteed win is not secured in the original 5 free spins, you are simply awarded 5 more spins to play with. This will keep happening until you hit at least the minimum win value for your Free Spins.
Voodoo Magic is a great looking slot with a very cool theme. There can be no question that this delivers in terms of visuals and atmosphere. The gameplay itself looks to be pretty slow in the base game with just two quite simple features to keep things interesting. You’ll need to get lucky with a high number of random wilds added to the reels to get something out of those. The best stuff of course will happen if you get lucky enough to hit that bonus round. Here, the option of a guaranteed minimum 50x win in Mega Voodoo Spins is compelling and if you get high value stacks from the Mystery Symbols things could get even better. The drawback of course is that Voodoo Magic is only offering a 1,000x top payout, which in today’s market is very low. If you do decide to play just keep in mind the variance is very high! Good luck, and have fun!