The action in the Red Wizard slot plays out on a slightly unusual machine. The 5 reels are set up in a 3x4x4x4x3 formation with 50 paylines. To create a winning combination, you need to land 3, 4 or 5 matching symbols from left to right in a payline, starting from reel 1.
There’s something for everyone when it comes to stake levels. Bet sizes range from 20p to £500 per spin (the latter for the mega high rollers). Use the + and – buttons next to the Total Bet box in the bottom left-hand corner then adjust to suit. In some countries, Autoplay and Quick Spin are available. Paytable payouts are shown in cash rather than coins and are adjusted as you change your bet level. This keeps everything simple and straightforward.
The Red Wizard RTP is 96.49% which is better than average (standard is 96%). Medium variance, the bigger wins will come from the respins which can award fixed jackpots. The max win is 2,400 x your total stake.
There’s a suitably magical and mysterious feel to the design in the Red Wizard slot. The setting is the forest that’s shrouded in a red glow. There’s a rather understated soundtrack humming in the background while you spin. This combines with some classic slot noises which could come from a classic fruit machine than a mysterious wizard-themed slot. Those bangs and bleeps felt a little jarring at times but overall, the design here works well.
On the reels, you’ll find gold A to 10 royals alongside a potion bottle, gold ring, book of spells and raven. The raven is the highest value symbol as it pays 3 x your total stake if you land 5 on a payline.
The Red Wizard shrouded in a cloak is the game’s wild. He can land anywhere apart from reel 1 and substitute for all the standard symbols when part of a winning combination. He can also deliver some potentially magical multipliers when he lands on the middle reel during the free spins. There’s also a castle, which is the scatter and the Flaming Ball symbol. Both of these can trigger bonus features.
You can play Red Wizard on tablets and smartphones as well as desktop computers. The imagery works perfectly well on the smaller screen devices. We’ve no complaints about the features either. The Red Wizard mobile slot plays nicely.
The gameplay in this mediaeval style fantasy is similar to the other slots in Playtech’s Fire Blaze Jackpots series. With 2 bonus features, highlights include free spins with multiplier wilds and a streak respin bonus where you could also land a bumper jackpot prize.
The Fire Blaze Respin feature triggers when you land 7 or more Flaming Ball bonus symbols on the same spin. Those triggering balls are held. You’ll then receive 3 respins on a new set of reels which are made up of blanks, stars and Flaming Balls.
If a new Flaming Ball lands, it locks in position and the respins reset to 3. You’ll notice that each ball comes with a value attached. These are worth 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15 or 50 x your total stake. When you’ve used up all your free spins, the values attached to the Flaming Balls are added together to give you an overall prize.
If you land a star symbol during this round, it transforms into a jackpot prize which is added to your total award.
To land the Grand Jackpot, you’ll need to fill the positions on the game grid with Flaming Balls or Stars. In that happy event, you’ll scoop the Grand Jackpot Prize of 2,000 x stake. This comes on top of the awards from the Flaming Balls.
Land 3, 4 or 5 castle scatter symbols anywhere on the reels on the same spin and you’ll pocket an award equal to 1, 10 or 50x stake. You’ll also trigger the Free Games feature.
Your reward is 6 free spins. Boosting your winning opportunities are multiplier wilds that can appear on the middle reel. When one of these forms part of a winning combination, the payout is boosted by 2x, 4x, 8x or 16x multiplier. You can also retrigger the feature to give you 12 free spins in total.
You can trigger the Fire Blaze Respins from within the free spins. The Flaming Ball symbols that land on the 3rd reel during the free spins are more valuable than those found during base gameplay. During the free spins they are worth 5, 10, 15 or 50 x stake. That means if you do trigger the respins round, you’ve got a chance of a decent leg up.