This slot is a real leap forward for Aristocrat. It should show that days of this slots maker being associated with ‘playable yet simple’ slots are coming to a close. White Wizard is a live slot with features that have never been seen on Aristocrat slots before. These include expanding reels (combined with their ‘reel power’ setup), multiple stacked symbols, expanding wilds and a pick-em game to retrigger the bonus.
Even with the new look and advanced features the galloping clicks sound when the reels stop is still in place. You’ll also find the playing card symbols and the crazy electronic tunes when you hit a win.
Graphically, White Wizard is a step up. Green cats, owls and blue roses combine with the Wizard himself and are sharp and modern. The reels are animated, with flashes of color and the drip of the red orb examples of this.
Reel Power slots do not have the traditional win lines setup. Instead any combination of symbols on any reel can be a win, as long as they start on the left hand side. This sounds complicated in writing, though once you see it you will quickly find that it is easier to follow than the old lines system. As long as there are symbols on consecutive reels starting from the left, you have booked a win.
With no win-lines, credits and coin size are the combinations to decide your total bet amount. Keep an eye on the ‘total bet’ number. The standard range for live Aristocrat slots is between 50c and $100. You’ll be able to auto spin and even gamble wins on the flip of a playing card.
In addition to the standard symbols, there is a wild red orb in this game. The wizard himself looks like the top paying symbol. The scatter symbol is the blue rose. Unusually for Aristocrat, several of these symbols are stacked. The rose is the most stacked symbol (appearing in consecutive rows of up to 5). Combined with the 243-ways reel power setup, stacked symbols can be very powerful, if you get a couple of wilds at the same time, you could be winning on 20 or more lines at the same time.
For me the retro beeping tunes and the modern dynamic slot did not quite match. With so many years of history using their signature sounds, I cannot see Aristocrat letting this go any time soon though.
The bonus round is where the big step up in technology becomes very apparent. The core feature is made up of 12 free spins. There are two ways to trigger this. The standard way is to get 8+ blue roses on the reels at any one time. This is made easier due to them being stacked. Alternatively 5 roses on the last reel gets you a ‘pick em’ screen, where you choose a symbol. One of the 5 symbols gives you a free spins feature.
Once the bonus starts, things get crazy very quickly. For every 3 spins you take, an extra row is added to the reels. You start with 3 spins on a 5×4 grid, then 3 on a 5×5 grid, 3 at 5×6 and the final 3 at 5×7.
Remember, the reel power setup means that consecutive symbols from the left are winners regardless of position on the reels. When you have 5×7 the possibilities are huge. You have more than 16000 winning combinations possible.
It gets better. The red orb melts up and down, covering multiple symbols on the middle reel with wilds. It is possible to get the entire middle reel wild at the same time as having 16,000 possible win-lines. If that does not entice you to give this slot a try, then I do not know what will!
The bonus can be retriggered too.
I have enjoyed Aristocrat slots for many years, though will admit that some of them are a little simple compared to those from IGT, Bally and MicroGaming. This is a real step in the right direction, bringing the familiar Aristocrat style right up to date. At the moment, this slot is in live casinos only, I look forward to seeing this game make its debut online in the not too distant future.