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Magic of the Ring Deluxe Slot Review

Magic of the Ring Deluxe Slot Review

Magic of the Ring Game Details

RTP: 96.47%
Reels: 5
Paylines: 20
Jackpot: 5,150 x Stake
Progressive: No
Bonus Round: No
Free Spins: Yes
Auto Play Feature: Yes
Scatter Symbol: Yes

Magic of the Ring Deluxe is a remastered version of one of Wazdan’s most successful video slots – Magic of the Ring. The deluxe version comes with enhanced graphics, a change to the player-selected volatility selector and more concise, player-friendly animations and sounds.

The game is built around a 5-reel, 3-row format, and there’s a total of 20 paylines in play here, all of which are fixed in place. There’s a pretty obvious Lord of the Rings theme running through the game – without actually using the name itself (probably to save on royalties). So any Tolkien fans out there will especially appreciate this game.

In this Magic of the Ring Deluxe slot review I’m going to be giving you an in-depth, impartial look at what the slot has to offer. I’ll be covering everything, from a brief introduction of how to play the slot, to a look at the symbols and payouts, and, most importantly, the bonuses and features contained inside. Let’s kick things off with a look at how to play Magic of the Ring Deluxe.

How To Play

The first thing I should point out is particularly relevant if you’ve never played one of Wazdan’s slots before. Most of their releases come with an adjustable volatility level, which essentially allows you to choose how volatile – or not – you want the game to be.

In Magic of the Ring Deluxe on most mobile slots sites, this volatility slider is found in the bottom right-hand-corner of the screen. There are three different options to choose from, and if you’re looking for big wins, then you’ll want to set the volatility slider to high. If you’re happy for small, regular wins – but without the massive win-potential – then set it at either standard or low volatility.

Selecting the size of your bet is achieved by changing the “Coin Value”, which is found to the left-hand-side of the screen. Just to the right-hand-side of this button you’ll also see a “Cash Bet” button, which gives you an overview of the total amount you’re staking on each spin.

Once you’ve selected how much you’d like to bet, simply hit the red spin button in the middle of the screen and the reels will begin to spin automatically.

I also want to mention a couple of other features. First of all, there’s an autoplay function. This allows you to set a predetermined number of spins to play automatically, saving you from having to manually click each spin.

In the UK, it’s possible to set up to 100 spins to play automatically. In most other jurisdictions, you can set up to 1,000 spins to play automatically. You will also notice a “Max Bet” button to the right-hand-side of the spin button. Generally, I’m not a fan of this, as a simple misclick can see you staking almost all of your balance in a single spin – so keep an eye out for this.

As with all slots, Magic of the Ring Deluxe also comes with a detailed paytable. Here, you’ll be able to view information about everything from the symbols and payouts, to the methods behind triggering the bonuses and features.

You can also view the RTP of the game you’re playing (this can change depending on which volatility level you’ve selected), and you can also view the game’s rules and terms and conditions.

Symbols and Payouts

Like virtually every online video slot I review, Magic of the Ring Deluxe uses playing card values, including 10, jack, queen, king, and ace to depict the game’s lower-paying symbols. However, if you’ve set the volatility level to high, even these symbols can be worth a fair amount – especially if you’re lucky to line up 5-of-a-kind combos.

Magic of the Ring pay table

When it comes to the higher-paying symbols you’ll find a few; there’s a few different Dragons on the reels, as well as a wild symbol and scatter symbols – and I’ll be talking about the latter two of these in the bonuses and features section below.

Bonus Features

Magic of the Ring Deluxe comes packed with a ton of exciting bonuses and features, and I think it’s clear Wazdan have done an excellent job in bringing along the charm of the original game and reinventing it with some cool new mechanics. Below, I’m going to be taking a look at what these bonuses and features are.

Free Spins With Expanding Bonus Symbol

If you manage to land three, four, or five of the scatter symbols anywhere in view during the base-game (they do not need to be on an active payline) you’ll trigger the main free spins bonus. You will then be awarded 10 free-spins.

Before the free-spins begin, you’ll notice that a random “Bonus Symbol” is chosen at random. This is essentially the same mechanism we’ve seen used in a number of the “book” games – think Play’n Go’s Book of Dead or Novomatic’s Book of Ra Deluxe.

During the free-spins bonus, landing two or more instances of these symbols (anywhere in view) will cause them to expand, paying accordingly – assuming the symbol is a higher-paying symbol. If your chosen symbol is a lower-paying symbol, you’ll need to land three or more.

Magic of the Ring Deluxe free spins

It’s also possible to re-trigger the free-spins feature, and this is achieved by landing another 3, 4, or 5 of the scatter symbols anywhere in view. Doing so will award an additional 10 free-spins, and there’s no limit to how many free-spins you can win.

Scatter Bonus

I was surprised to see Wazdan listing this as a feature on their game’s promotional sheet, but I suppose it’s worth mentioning. The scatter symbols also act as the game’s wild symbols, and during the base-game, if they help contribute towards a win, they’ll step in and transform into the best-possible symbol.

Naturally, if three or more of these scatter symbols appear in view in a single spin you’ll automatically trigger the main free-spins feature, as I discussed above.

Gamble Feature

Gamble features are something that appear to be becoming more common in video slots; personally, I stay away from them, but they can be useful if you have a fairly mediocre bonus round and want to increase your winnings. In Magic of the Ring Deluxe, any win can be gambled – and it’ a 50/50 chance. If you press the “Gamble” button after forming a win, you’ll be tasked with picking one of two chests.

If you guess correctly, you’ll double your win. If you guess incorrectly you’ll lose the entire amount. It’s possible to gamble up to a total of five times in a row.

Jackpot and How To Win

Something I’m seeing in many of the more recent slots is that game developers are “upping” the win-potential inside. It’s clear that the iGaming industry as a whole is leaning towards more volatile, high-paying slots, and Magic of the Ring Deluxe is no exception.

It’s possible to win a maximum of 5,150X your stake per bonus round, so it’s pretty similar to the “clone” games it’s reminiscent of. In order to win this jackpot you’ll need to have the top-paying symbol chosen to be the expanding symbol, and you’ll need to land a full screen of said symbol to scoop the win.

When it comes to winning – as with all video slots, there’s no secret methods to winning. As I always recommend, give the slot a good play – a few hundred spins should be enough – and if luck’s on your side, you may just find yourself walking away with that monster payout!

Software

Magic of the Ring Deluxe logoIn the past, Wazdan’s slots used to be pretty clunky, uninspiring and hard to use.

Thankfully, their game engine underwent a complete overhaul a few years ago, and today their games are beautifully-designed and easy-to-play.

It’s super simple to select how much you’re betting per spin (something I found unnecessarily difficult on their older titles), and on the whole their games look – and play – great.

I also like that they’re all developed in HTML5, and it’s clear Wazdan operates with mobile players in mind.

All of their slots are fully mobile-optimized, and no additional software is required to play them from your mobile devices. Simply load the game up from your favourite online or mobile casino app, tilt your device into landscape more and you’re good to go!

Summary

With payouts of more than 5,000X your stake available, it’s clear that Magic of the Ring Deluxe offers the kind of win-potential most players are now looking for – and while the odds of actually hitting this payout are very slim, I like how the opportunity is there, at least.

From my testing experience, the slot plays really well, and the gameplay is smooth. I’m also a massive fan of how you can adjust the volatility level, as I think this really makes it possible to tailor the gaming experience to your personal preferences.

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My only real “complaint” when it comes to Magic of the Ring Deluxe is that it does lack some creativity. Not the game theme, which is obviously borrowed from the Lord of the Rings films, but does make the game look and feel pretty cool. It’s the actual mechanism.

Wazdan have opted to basically copy one of the most popular free-spins mechanics on the planet, but with all game developers doing the same, I suppose it’s only natural they wanted to add one of their own versions to their portfolio.

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