Slot Review of Balthazar´s Wild Emporium by Core Gaming
Balthazar´s Wild Emporium is a magic themed slot by Core Gaming that has 5 reels with 3 symbols on each and 20 fixed paylines. This online slot game is available to play for free and has themed symbols, 5 playing card symbols and a Wild. There are 3 different free spins rounds where you can win between 500 and 1,000 free spins with special Wild features which are launched by playing the gamble bonus round. If Balthazar appears randoming during gameplay he will use one of five different potion bonuses to turn a loss into a win.
Free Spins and Bonuses
If 2 identical potion bottles (pink, blue or yellow) land on reels 1 and 2 the Gamble Bonus Round starts. You will be awarded an amount of free spins which you can collect or gamble. If you decide to gamble all or part of the available free spins you will return to the reels and if a 3rd identical potion bottle lands on reel 3, the gamble screen will appear again, offering a new higher number of free spins. This continues until you have won each gamble round up to reel 5. Once you have collected the free spins or gambled and lost, the round will end and any collected free spins will be played out.
The 3 different potions will enable you to win the following awards:
- Pink Potion - 5 bottles will award you up to 500 Free Spins with Stacked Wilds
- Blue Potion - 5 bottles will award you up to 750 Free Spins with Expanding Wilds
- Yellow Potion - 5 bottles will award you up to 1,000 Free Spins with Colossal Wilds
You can only receive the maximum amount of free spins if you have gambled 100% of the free spins and won additional potion bottles up to the fifth reel.
At any time Balthazar can appear and turn a loss into a win using 1 of 5 potions:
- Potions Wild - Adds Wild or Colossal Wild symbols to the reels
- Magic Respin - Reels respin to a winning combination
- Dr Burns - Burns off the symbols in view to reveal a new win
- Snake Eye - Symbols shuffle, snake-like, to reveal a win
- Dejas Vu - Rewings to a potion symbol
Balthazar´s Wild Emporium Symbols
If 3 or more (in some cases 2 or more) identical symbols land on neighbouring reels, starting with the leftmost reel, along an active payline, they will create a winning combination. This slot has 4 themed symbols, a gold coin, Balthazar, a chest of potions and a book of wonder potions and 5 playing card symbols, 10, J, Q, K and A. The Wild symbol is a dark ball with the word Wild, it can be used as a substitute for all symbols except for the pink, blue and yellow potion bottles. The different potion bonuses used by Balthazar are all green and have the different bonuses written on them, Potions Wild, Magic Respin, Dr Burns, Snake Eye and Deja Vu. All the multipliers can be found in the paytable and change according to the bet settings.
Buttons and Controls of the Slot
The main screen of this slot by Core Gaming has a large i button in the top left hand corner of the screen which opens the paytable, information about the free spins rounds and gamble screen, potion bonuses, shows the paylines and rules of the game. It also has a setting button that enables you to turn the game sounds on or off. At the top of the screen is a message bar showing the name of the online slot game and then scrolling through basic information about the five different potion bonuses.
To the right of the reels you will see a cauldron with a flashing green play symbol, this will spin the reels once with the current line and bet settings. Above that you will see the total stake amount and - or + buttons which allow you to change your total bet per spin. The circular arrow opens the autoplay options popup where you can choose the stake per play, the number of plays, loss limit and single win limit. Below the reels you will see the account balance, the total stake amount and the amount of the most recent win.
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