NetEnt, whilst known amongst most slot fans for the insane quality of graphics and entertainment in their slots, also are very clever at satisfying players need by aiming their slots at very specific play styles and by making creative use of slots features. Magic Portals, one of their witchcraft and wizardry themed slots, is a great example of this. Despite a relatively simply 5x3 reel structure and 25 fixed pay-lines, this game plays unlike many others because of the way it uses its wild symbols and free spins. In recent months it has become one of their most popular slots on their online touch system and after a long play session, I can see the draw.
Ok, it’s a NetEnt slot, so it goes without saying that it looks and sounds stunning. The entertainment value is high and the theme is fun and broad enough to appeal to most people. Initially, the game didn’t do so well actually, it was very heavily hyped on release, almost unfairly so and it didn’t live up to expectations as a ‘massive slot’. After time however, people have begun to see this for what it really is, a fun, simple and very playable mobile slot game. It’s available on desktop too and you don’t have to download anywhere to play it.
The variance is in the low to medium range so this game isn’t usually hard on the bankroll like Jack and the Beanstalk can be, though it has a wide betting range up to 250.00 credits at some sites. Like most NetEnt slots you’ll find a very high RTP which means despite the lower than average volatility the win potential is still decent if you catch it right. It’s not as low average pay-out as something like Starburst though, that’s still the better game for long play sessions with little risk.
Where Magic Portals really shines is in the use of its bonus mechanics. The wilds for instance use the game theme in a novel way. There’s two portals on the screen and, if two matching symbols fall into both portals, all other matching symbols on the game turn wild. If this is a high value symbol – you can imagine the potential on that. It’s going to be rare that it results in a really big combination for sure, but it does hint that the game has a little bite on offer from time to time.
The free spins feature is also non-standard and are triggered by the portal mechanic. Whilst both the bonuses offer up larger than average wins on the game they can have a particularly annoying habit of blocking other wins on a non-bonus triggering spin. That’s the price of a big win mechanic in a low variance game.
Overall, Magic Portals fills a very specific niche in the NetEnt range, it’s not as graphics intensive as Guns N Roses whilst being almost as entertaining to play and offering a touch more pay-outs. It’s less volatile than Jack and the Beanstalk, but as a result offers less impressive potential in cash. These very focused game types are serving NetEnt very well as players can generally find something which suits their exact playstyle. Given its available as both a free play and real money slot – it’s well worth giving it some spin time at no risk to try it out.
Magic Portals Slot Rating
4 / 5
based on 16 player ratings
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