The Wish Master Review

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Most of us just have one wish when we settle down to play a new online slot game: the wish to make lots of lovely money from it! The Casino Gorilla is no different, but as a connoisseur of slots he looks for a little bit more than just the bottom line.

Entertainment, graphics, bonus features and the general mechanics of the game all come into the equation when the big guy is reviewing a slot game. Now it’s time to discover whether The Wish Master from NetEnt can make any of those wishes come true.

Released in 2014, The Wish Master uses the famous Tales of the Arabian Nights as its inspiration. Expect mystery and magic and a certain golden lamp that looks like it’s in need of a good polish!

Pros:
  • Excellent Bonus Game With Extra Features
  • Huge Maximum Jackpot Of 900,000 Coins
Cons:
  • Base Game Is Repetitive
  • Difficult To Trigger Bonus

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The Lowdown

The Wish Master is basically a version of Aladdin’s Lamp, a story as old as the hills. But with NetEnt at the helm you can be sure there is nothing old-fashioned about this slot game.

This is a darker version of the story than you may be used to but getting into the entertaining bonus round will be sure to brighten up your day.

The low-value symbols here are the J, Q, K and A – remnants of the old playing card slot machines from the 1800s. The four higher value symbols are cartoon images of a raven, scorpion, tiger and cobra mask – each with a different colour jewel embedded in the centre.

As you can tell from the choice of animal masks, this is not a fluffy bunny type of game.

How to Play

The Wish Master is a game which uses the familiar 5 reels and 3 rows layout favoured by NetEnt. Most of their games tend to start with this standard set-up and go in weird and wonderful ways from there.

When you open this game you are immediately taken into a murky cave, with that enticing golden lamp sitting on the floor to tempt you with its potential riches. You can spin the reels from as little as 20c, all the way up to €100.

Just use the coin value and level buttons to choose. The Max Bet button will automatically spin the reels for €100 so approach that button with caution!

There is an autoplay button to make multiple spins for you or you can manually spin the reels if you prefer.

You are looking to find three or more of the eight symbols going from leftmost reel to the right in order to win prizes. The highest value base game symbol is the pink cobra, which will pay up to 750 times your line bet if you find five in a row.

The wild symbol is fiery yellow against a black background, and you will find variations of wilds once you enter the bonus round.

This is a low/medium variance game with a return to player of 96.6%, and with relatively few symbols to find you should get regular winning lines, even though there are only 20 paylines available.

The top jackpot to play for is a very tempting 900,000 coins. The tag-line of this game is ‘May your wishes come true’ and with such a big jackpot on offer that is certainly what players will be hoping.

Special Features

You only need one scatter symbol to show up on the reels to free the genie from his golden prison and start the bonus round. That scatter is a picture of the lamp upon a scroll, and upon its appearance you will be granted 10 free spins. Along with those free spins you will be allocated a random special feature.

There are no fewer than seven special features, and they work like this: scorpion and tiger wilds transform these symbols into extra wilds; there is an expanding wild; 2 floating wilds which appear during every spin; a wild reel which always appears on the same reel the scatter showed up on; and multipliers of x2 and x3.

You start with one feature, but if another scatter appears during free spins then another random feature is added along with 5 more free spins.

You can have a maximum of 3 features active, so if another appears after that it replaces the first feature and gives you another 5 free spins. This Wish Master is pretty generous!

Gaming Experience

Playing the base game of The Wish Master is kind of like eating an ice-cream cone without the ice-cream. You know that lamp is just waiting out there for you, and you want to get to the action and let the genie do his magical stuff.

Once you do unlock your free spin rounds then the fun really gets going. The Casino Gorilla found a couple of magic lamp symbols in less than a hundred spins, and whether that was just a lucky fluke or a sign of how this game works, he had a pretty good time either way.

With a monster jackpot of close to a million coins on offer, this game has certainly got the potential to make a few dreams come true – just make a wish and start spinning those reels!

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