There’s even more fun on the reels as you make your way down the Yellow Brick road in the third installment of the famous WMS Slots range. I bring you the Wizard of Oz Wicked Riches Slot Machine.
Did you know there’s a spin off story about the Wicked Witch of the West who appears in the Wizard of Oz? It was a hugely successful book in the 1990s, which was turned into a hit Broadway show and it’s called Wicked. We think that this tale is the inspiration behind the reels of the mighty WMS slot Wizard of Oz – Wicked Riches, a title that is themed almost entirely round the Wicked Witch. This makes a real break from the other slots in the series that are stuffed full of characters from the Judy Garland movie and is sure to appeal to fans of the darker side of the franchise.
In terms of reel art, The Wizard of Oz – Wicked Riches draws heavily on the Wicked Witch of the West theme. It’s full of all the symbols of darkness as well as the pail of water that’s used in the story to finally bring this cackling crone to her deserved end. There’s more than enough action in the background too to bring the whole production to life. Couple this up with a top class range of sound effects that even use vocal samples of the Wicked Witch narrating the game-play and you’ll see that this is one extremely well made slot.
The Wizard of Oz – Wicked Riches has a very simple base game. This plays over a five reel set up that’s contained in an old school style casino grid with fifteen stop spaces on view and thirty pay-lines. The biggest prize on offer here is from five jackpot symbols – although the pay-table has been trimmed down considerably to cope with the big multipliers that are available in the free spin bonus. As with most WMS slots there is a wild to help you out by substituting in combinations and a bonus scatter.
There’s a marvellous reel mechanism waiting for you on the reels of The Wizard of Oz – Wicked Riches. This is the Winged Monkey feature that promises to bring you a ton of winnings. All you have to do to activate this is hit the Winged Monkey symbol anywhere on the middle reel. This will turn into one of the game’s standard symbols, and then all symbols of this type will magically become wild. As you can no doubt imagine this leads to some pretty big wins on even the most average looking board.
What top slot would be complete without a free spin round? Well you get a great feature on Wizard of Oz – Wicked Riches. Just stop in three or more of the special bonus symbols to get into the round with eight spins, for the duration of which all your winning combinations, except for the five wilds and five jackpots are subject to a random multiplier that’s between 2x and 10x. You can re-trigger the bonus too adding a further eight spins to your total making this one of the most lucrative features of this type you’ll find.
On top of all this reel and feature action Wizard of Oz – Wicked Riches has one more trick up its sleeves. There’s a random jackpot function known as the Tornado bonus that can literally trigger after any single spin on the reels. Here you see a twister blow across the screen, which selects one of the four progressive jackpots on offer – this is the one you’ll be playing for in the second screen game where you get to pick a barn to see if you can win the big money prize. The more money you bet on the reels, the bigger your chance of finding the winner.
The Wizard of Oz – Wicked Riches is a truly marvellous slot game. Whilst I like the other two machines in this series, both the original game and Ruby Slippers do sometimes seem to have a little too much bonus game action on the cards. You can get lost sometimes on the reels and you don’t know what you want to hit. All of that confusion is gone with Wicked Riches, which is a much simpler slot machine. I never thought I’d say it, but I have – I actually long for a game that’s not so stuffed to the rafters with bonuses. Well, sometimes anyway.
What can you expect from the action on this slot machine? Well, there’s a lot going on in the base game with the wild monkey feature that has found its way from the bonus reels of Ruby Slipper onto the base game in Wizard of Oz wicked riches and the free spin game is an absolute classic. This is one online slot that you’ll want to get worked up about especially when you see the big money jackpots on offer here.
One thing I will say about playing the Wizard of Oz- Wicked Riches is that this is a game for when you’re flush with cash. In order to maximise the winning potential of this slot machine you’ll want to bet at least £2.40 per spin to guarantee that you get a chance of winning a progressive jackpot every time the tornado round hits – and of course as with many online slot machines, you also up your chances of hitting that all important bonus round if you spend more money on the reels.