Prepare yourselves for a trip to a magical forest, where Balthazar parked his caravan and is cooking all sorts of magical potions you may use to land lucrative payouts.
As you click on the pot brewing the winning elixir, you will enjoy the sweet sounds of birds singing and feast your eyes on a beautiful forest landscape.
Core Gaming prepared plenty of additional features just to make sure the 2017 release isn’t simply a pretty face.
Occasionally, Balthazar will try to help you turn the non-winning spins into winning ones during base game with a set of his potions, but note that this mysterious magician tends to be a bit tricky, so you will have to play a little Gamble game with him in order to get up to 1,000 free spins with Stacked Wilds, Expanding Wilds and Colossal Wilds.
Core Gaming is a software development company based in UK, which entered the online gambling industry in 2007.
The company from West Midlands offers a rather limited portfolio of video slots, but all of their games are considered topnotch and are available across all devices, thanks to their own “efficient, flexible and adaptable HTML 5 framework”.
Core Gaming managed to partner up with some leading players in the iGaming industry, such as Scientific Games, IGT and NextGen.
How To Play It
Before you start helping Balthazar brew winning potions, first you need to understand the basic rules of the game. The slot features a standard 5×3 grid and offers 20 fixed paylines, so all you need to do in order to start spinning the reels is set the most appropriate bet.
The coin denomination ranges from $0.01 to $5, meaning that the minimum you can wager is $0.20 per spin, while the maximum possible bet is set at $100, which will definitely please both penny punters and high rollers.
All wins in the 2017 release pay left to right, and at least three matching symbols on a payline will result with a win, except when it comes to Wild and Coin, which also pay for two of a kind.
In terms of symbols populating the reels, the Coin and Balthazar himself will pay the most, followed by a Box with potions, and the Book of Potions. Low-paying symbols are represented by playing cards. The Magic Ball is the Wild that substitutes for all symbols except Scatter potions that trigger one of three Free Spins features.
During base game, the mysterious Balthazar will occasionally appear and turn a non-winning spin into a winning one, with the little help of his elixirs.
Potion Wilds will add Wilds or Colossal Wilds to the reels, Magic Respin will respin the reels so that they can form a winning combination, Snake Eye potion will shuffle the symbols like a snake and create a winning combo, while Dr Burns will burn off the symbols to create a win. Last but not the least is Déjà Vu potion, which rewinds to a potion symbol.
The curious magician prepared a special treat for the Free Spins feature. He cooked up three different potions: the Violet, Blue and Yellow, all of them triggering a different number of freebies.
Once you land at least two matching potion Scatters on reels 1 and 2, Balthazar will appear and start the Gamble game, while the rest of the reels keep spinning. He will offer you a certain number of free spins you can either collect or gamble in order to win more freebies.
If you decide to gamble, you will need to wait for the 3rd reel to stop, and if a matching potion Scatter is landed, Balthazar will once again offer you a new, bigger number of free spins. Provided you landed all five matching potion Scatters, you are looking at a possibility to win an insane number of freebies.
The Violet Potion can get you up to 500 free spins with Stacked Wilds, the Blue Potion offers a maximum of 750 freebies with Expanding Wilds, while the five Yellow Potions carry 1,000 free spins with 2×2 Colossal Wilds.
Provided you have plenty of luck while gambling with Balthazar and win one of three maximum possible free spins, you can really expect life-changing payouts.
Try to land as many Wilds, since matching five of them on an active payline will get you a prize of 25 times the bet. The Coin and Balthazar share the second place, offering gamers 20 times the triggering bet for five of a kind.
Taking everything under consideration, we would advise all spinners to visit this magical forest and test their luck with Balthazar and his magical potions.
The Core Gaming product boasts topnotch graphics, exceptional animations and an engaging soundtrack, while offering a wide range of fun and rewarding additional features, for a starting price of $0.20.
The Gamble game is our personal favourite, where you compete with the mysterious magician to win up to 1,000 freebies packed with all kinds of Wilds. Don’t gamble your free spins that easily though, since you can lose everything you got in a second.