Betsoft dazzles the eyes, ears and (occasionally) the wallet with Magic Shoppe slot. The game’s high-definition aesthetic employs Freemason, occult and magic imagery to create a mood of mystery and wonder, while the orchestral soundtrack feels cinematic.
But looks aren’t everything if the game itself is weak, happily Magic Shoppe’s slot experience is full of winning combinations and bonus features. It’s also easy to learn thanks to basic gameplay and a good information sheet. Magic Shoppe is available in free and paid fashions for mobile and desktop platforms. Playing on desktop is recommended to get the best sense of the game’s visual style.
The game’s excellent design is laid over a familiar structure. Magic Shoppe is a five-reel three-row slot with 25 paylines. The gaming buttons are organized in a user-friendly format, common to Betsoft games, below the reels.
Though paylines are locked at 25, the bet is customizable with the “Coin Value” and “Bet Per Line” fields. The “Spin” button starts single plays. “Auto Play” lets the player adjust automatic spins between five and 100.
On the far left is an on/off volume button. To the right of that is a gear button that customizes the gameplay’s speed and sound. The question mark button on the far right leads to information windows detailing wins and features.
Though playing card values are common to video slot games, they’re actually relevant to Magic Shoppe’s theme, with card tricks being part of magicians’ oeuvre. Cards 10 through Ace are the most frequent of the slot’s symbols, and thus pay the least.
A magician’s hat, known to be the home of rabbits, doves and handkerchiefs, is the next most valuable symbol. Then there’s a silver coin, often found behind children’s ears at magic shows. Next up are throwing knives, meant for the board behind the magician’s bound assistant. Handcuffs, for escape artists, is the second most valuable icon. A floating skull covered in glowing hieroglyphs is the game’s highest valued standard symbol.
Wins occur when three or more consecutive matching symbols align from left to right on played payline, starting from the leftmost reel.
Magic Shoppe also has three scatter symbols that trigger their own special features.
Two of the game’s scatter symbols are a red box and a blue box. The red box starts Sun Free Spins, and the blue box starts Moon Free Spins. Landing three red boxes anywhere on the reels picks up three free spins, four red boxes get six free spins, five red boxes win 12 free spins. The same goes for the blue boxes. Every free spin in both of these games results in a payout or an additional feature. Thus one can win additional free spins during the free spin games.
The magic wand symbol is also a scatter. Three or more magic wands appearing anywhere on the reels triggers the Magic Wand Feature. All three scatters (magic wands, red boxes and blue boxes) turn into wild symbols. This may be the game’s most lucrative feature, especially since multiple wilds on a payline deliver their own large winnings.
Magic Shoppe has an additional gambling game. After any winning single spin, one can click the Double Up button to be taken to a screen that lets the player guess a coin flip. Choosing the side correctly doubles one’s winnings, while an incorrect selection loses it all.
Beneath the floating Masonic Eye of Providence, the game’s features—though essentially simple—are the key to one’s enjoyment, appearing enough to keep the player playing. Over my 600 test spins, there were 10 sets of Sun Free Spins, 9 sets of Moon Free Spins and 11 Magic Wand Wilds. The wilds were very profitable, consistently delivering 2000+ credit wins on a 125 credit bet.
Between the game’s great look and big wins, Magic Shoppe should appeal to slot players of all types. The easy gameplay will hook new gamers, while the free spins and prized wilds will keep seasoned players spinning.