Wheel of Wishes
Travel to the deserts of a fantasy wonderland on the slot from Alchemy Gaming, powered by Microgaming, to discover the Wheel of Wishes filled with four progressive jackpots featuring seed values between 10 and 2,000,000 credits. A Power Spin mode will increase your chances to trigger the jackpot bonus game where you are guaranteed to win one of the four jackpots.
Wheel of Wishes is a progressive jackpot slot with five reels, three rows and 10 fixed pay lines. Wins are awarded three to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. You can chase the jackpots on desktop or mobile from 0.10 to 25 credits per spin. The game has medium volatility with a mediocre RTP of 93.34% which includes the jackpot contribution and effectively puts the default RTP in the 88 – 90% range, similar to the Mega Moolah blockbuster slot. Activating the Power Mode reduces the overall RTP to 92.24%.
The design follows the rudimentary visuals Microgaming has embraced in the last few years. A plain desert scene on a sunny day with some rock formations in the distance is in the background of a simple geometric game window. Arabia.-themed icons dominate on the reels while the giant Wheel of Wishes scatters holds the secret to winning the jackpots. An oriental soundtrack adds some authenticity but that is as far as it goes.
All pay symbols including wilds can appear fully stacked and start with five low-value icons – purple button, blue clubs, green diamonds, orange-red hearts and red spades – awarding 2x to 3.75x your bet for a single five of a kind. The premiums are a purple gem amulet, a set of potion vials, a mystical book, a treasure chest bursting with gold coins and a magical lamp. Hit five on a line to win 4x to 10x your bet. An intricate icon marked with the word itself is the wild symbol, substituting for all regular symbols and yielding 50x your stake when five across the reels. Since you can hit full screens with any of the symbols, it pitches the overall win potential to 37.5x to 500x your stake. The Wheel of Wishes icon is the bonus symbol on this slot.
Wheel of Wishes Slot Features
Considering the mediocre RTP, the jackpots are the main reason to spin the reels on this slot creation. It certainly seems to have sufficient attraction as the immense success of the Mega Moolah series has shown, and they come with a similar RTP value. Well, let’s take a closer look at what wishes will come true on this game in term of bonus feature and reel excitement to keep us spinning with the hope of winning that coveted progressive jackpot.
Surprisingly, there is very little to report. There are no random or free spin features other than the Wheel of Wishes Jackpot bonus game. The slot has though two modes – Default and Power Mode. Activating the latter will increase the bet size by a factor 10, e.g. a 1.00 base bet turns into a 10.00 credits bet. That will put off most low-rollers but for those willing to fork out the extra cost, there are some benefits as the game will play in permanent Power Spin mode, making it easier to trigger the jackpot bonus game. In essence, more chances of winning a jackpot.
To trigger said Power Spin mode in the standard game, you will need to land two Wheel of Wishes bonus symbols anywhere on the reels. The three centre reels are combined for one spin, containing giant 3×3 premiums and a 3×3 bonus wheel symbol. The outer reels will land a random stacked premium. The result will be anywhere between nothing if the symbols in the middle and outside don’t match and a full screen of a premium. The third possible result is a Wheel of Wishes bonus symbol landing in full view to trigger then the jackpot bonus game.
The game will lead to a separate screen, displaying the four jackpots – Mini, Minor, Major and WoW Pot as well as the coveted Wheel of Wishes with 20 segments. Similar to the Mega Moolah series, you will get one spin on the wheel with a guaranteed win of one of the jackpots. The size and number of segments are not a true indication for your chance to win any of the jackpots, that decision is made by a Random Number Generator. However, the higher the bet the bigger the chance to trigger the jackpot bonus game. The jackpots have the following seed values:
- Mini: 10 credits
- Minor: 100 credits
- Major: 50 credits
- WOW Pot: 2,000,000 credits
The value displayed is the amount you will win in your currency. A fixed percentage of all bets made across the Microgaming network will contribute to the jackpots. Once won, the jackpots will be reset to the seed value. While the lower two will be instantly credited, the two main jackpots will go through a confirmation process to ensure that they indeed were triggered.
For some reason, we always expect some evolution in anything ranging from a mobile phone to a car. The same applies to online slots where we look for some new features or extra modifiers that will surprise us. Microgaming and Alchemy Gaming did none of that as the game misses any excitement whatsoever that keeps us going while we relentlessly pound the reels in our pursuit of winning a jackpot. But yeah, they included the Power Spin mode where we have to fork out 10x the base bet to have a better chance at gaining entry to the Wheel of Wishes bonus game. Not cool!