Slot players desiring a game full of features will have their hopes granted with Three Wishes. Using visual and sound themes inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, Betsoft created an online slot with bonus screens, free spins, click-me wins and a powerful magic carpet.
Snakes, monkeys and camels offer payouts, but none are as lucrative as the belly dancer. Three Wishes’s gameplay is straightforward and the three-dimensional animation runs smoothly. The player can test it out in a free mode or play paid games on desktop platforms.
The five-reel three-row slot takes up the width of the game’s window. Large buttons below the reels control the gameplay. “Select Lines” lets the gamer choose up to 30 paylines to play. “Choose Coin Bet” offers options between .02 and .50. Each spin’s bet and win multiplier is adjustable using the “Bet Per Line” button. “Spin” starts single plays, while “Max Bet” does the same but with the per line bet raised to 10.
Above the reels, one will find the “Sound On/Off” button next to “Autoplay” which offers up to 100 automatic spins. Game information can be found by clicking the “View Pays” button on the far right.
Wins occur when three or more consecutive matching symbols line up from left to right or right to left, starting from the first or fifth reel, on a played payline.
In order of increasing value, the standard symbols are: Snake Basket, Fruit Bowl, Ruby, Crystal Ball, Swords, Gold, Camel and Belly Dancer.
The game’s most fruitful symbol is the Magic Carpet. It acts as a wild card, substituting for any standard symbols on a winning payline. It also pays the largest winnings when three or more appear consecutively on a line. In addition to those benefits, the Magic Carpet triggers its own bonus feature when it lands on reel one.
Three Wishes also comes with a feature Monkey icon and two scatter symbols: a Treasure Chest and Magic Lamp.
As referenced above, the Magic Carpet initiates a feature game when the symbol appears on reel one. The carpet flies over the other four symbols in its row, turning each into a payout. With these four combined wins, the Magic Carpet Feature produces some of the slot’s biggest payouts.
When the Monkey symbol appears only on reel three, row two, it triggers a Click-Me feature. The four fields surrounding the monkey become clickable wins for the player until he or she gets a “collect” message. This seems to be the most frequent of the features, thus its payouts tend to be the lowest.
Three or more Treasure Chest symbols scattered on a payline starts the Three Wishes Free Spins game. Three chests deliver five spins, four chests get 10 spins and five chests win 20 spins. The free spin reels function like the regular reels, but with the other features turned off.
Finally, three or more Magic Lamp icons start the feature that gives the game its name. The player is taken to a screen with a magic lamp. The genie within offers six wishes of which the player can click three wishes. Each fulfilled wish has a payout, and the three are combined for the total win.
In addition to all its features, Three Wishes also grants many wins during the regular game. Though the vast majority of these payouts are less than the total bet, those meager “wins” are less prevalent than in other similar Betsoft games.
Still, neither the reels nor the features offer any grand payouts. And there’s no motivation or bonus for playing the maximum bet.
These are minor quibbles about a well-rounded slot game. Three Wishes has enough extras to please discerning players, while also offering an uncomplicated experience for casual gamers.