The Great Albini
Enter the theatre of dreams in The Great Albini from Foxium to watch a mesmerizing magic show that can score you wins of up to 4,000 times your bet. In typical Foxium fashion, the gameplay on the slot progresses along a storyline. The master appears in a puff of purple smoke as his limousine stops in front of the theatre. With his beautiful co-star Lily at his side, he ascends to the stage to surprise the audience with a grand display of magic and illusions. Mystery Box Respins and a Free Spins round with stacked Aztec Lady wilds and multipliers are the main acts of the show.
The Great Albini is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 25 pay lines. That will increase to a 5×6 format and 50 pay lines in the free spins round. Spinning the reels on mobile or desktop devices starts at 0.25 credits and peaks at 125 credits. The RTP of this medium variance game is a rather player-friendly 96.6%.
Up on stage, the lights are dimmed with the frameless game window in the centre of the spotlights. The stage itself is clad in heavy drapes and set in dark colour tones. The magician stands on the left of the game window, ready to start his reel performance while his charming assistant will flank the right side during the free spins. A suspenseful but pleasing soundtrack is only interrupted by the magician’s voice and the applause of the audience.
Pay symbols are at the low end the usual 10s to As card royals, continuing in ascending order with a set for the cups and ball trick, a knife-throwing target board, a canary bird, Lily and the magician himself. The latter is the top symbol, appearing stacked at all times and paying 40x times your stake for a single five of a kind. The wild symbol is an intricate tile with the word itself across it, appearing on reels two to five only. The game has two scatter symbols, mystery boxes and bonus boxes.
The Great Mystery Bonus Game
A full stack of mystery boxes is needed on reel three to trigger the feature. Three respins are awarded with the mystery boxes locked in place. Any further landing on the reels in a respin will be locked as well and the counter reset to three. This continues until all position are covered with mystery boxes or no further boxes land on three respins. A random symbol, excluding the free spins and wild symbols, will replace the mystery box icons on the screen, and the winning payout is calculated according to the line wins based on the symbol value. A full screen of the Great Albini symbols will pay 1,000x your stake, the maximum win in the base game. The feature cannot be triggered during the free spins.
The Free Spins Feature
Hitting bonus boxes fully stacked on reels two, three and four in one spin will award one pick from three boxes to reveal 8, 10 or 12 free spins. The game window will increase to a 5×6 format with 50 fixed pay lines. The magician’s assistant Lily will turn into a stacked Aztec Lady Wild. Any appearance in a free spin will lock the symbol in place and award one respin with an x2 win multiplier. However, only winning combinations which contain the wild symbol will be multiplied and the standard wild will not act as a win multiplier.
The free spins bonus can also be triggered by buying the feature. The amount for the instant bonus round depends on the number of spins a player chooses. Options are 8, 10 or 12 free spins, all of which will come with the Aztec Lady wild feature.
Great show or just a puff of purple smoke? The Great Albini is probably the best effort from this relatively young game studio, although we also liked Adelia: The Fortune Wielder. Foxium is always developing their slots along a storyline, which adds an entertaining element to the gameplay. Plus, the maximum win in a single spin of 4,000 times the stake is most certainly worthy of such a master illusionist.