Witchcraft Academy is a video slot game set in a magic school, and was developed by NetEnt. It has 5 reels and 20 paylines, with bets starting from just 20p a spin. In the library of the Witchcraft Academy, two main characters dare to learn more beyond their standard books. Their curiosity can lead you towards the bonus features, so in this case, it pays to be sneaky! Special features include wild substitutions and free spins and a unique bonus game.
Giving us the vibe of that famous school of wizardry, this Witchcraft Academy looks as though it holds Ancient prestige and mystery amongst its walls, and that’s just from looking at the library where the game is set! You will spot hovering brooms and books moving around on the shelves. It looks fantastic, so now let’s look at what the game itself is like.
Cast your Bets
All 20 paylines are fixed in place, so will be in play with every spin of the reels at a 20-credit value.
It is then up to you to decide how much to stake against each payline. Coin values start at 1p up to £1 per payline, and the value you choose will be multiplied by the 20 credits to create your total bet.
To further boost your bet, you have the option to increase the bet level to a value between 1 and 10. It should be automatically set to 1, but bear in mind that any increase above 1 will mean that the coin bet is multiplied by the bet level, deciding your total bet.
Check you are happy with it before you start spinning; it should be displayed just below the reels.
As is the case with most NetEnt games, you will need to match three or more identical symbols from left to right across a payline in Witchcraft Academy to win. The more you match, the bigger the prize.
The wizard, named Earthan, holds the most value in the Witchcraft Academy slot. Five wizards along a payline can award the top payout of 400 times the line bet amount. Efora, the witch, has top prize value of 200 times the line bet.
A rather cute looking dragon – from this distance, anyway – could bring you up to 100 times the line bet for landing five of a kind, with the owl holding top payouts up to 80 times.
Witchcraft Academy’s lower-value symbols are the card suits, with a bit of a magical makeover. They are 3D and glowing with a special aura. All suits are equal in value, with top prizes of up to 40 times the line bet, but you must still match identical symbols along a payline to win.
We’ve got two special features here, one of which can help you transform your free spins into a winning spree with some lucky spellcasting.
The Witchcraft Academy wild symbol resembles a school emblem, glowing red on a golden background.
Wilds can appear on reels 1, 2, 4, and 5, substituting for any of the standard symbols. If there is a missing link to creating a win and a wild symbol lands in the right place, it can become that link.
This symbol functions both in standard play and during free spins.
The scatter symbol has ‘Bonus’ written on it. Land three or more of these anywhere on the reels in a single spin and you can trigger the Elements Bonus.
Choose either the witch or the wizard to cast a shot at a random column. The aim is to break down as many of the obstacles in the path as possible to collect prizes. If your character hits an armour guard symbol, any other symbols horizontally or vertically will also be demolished, leaving behind a coin prize.
At the end of the columns, behind the symbols standing in the way, there are free spins, multipliers and wilds to be collected. Whatever you collect will then be applied in the free spins game.
A Magical Experience
We’ve seen many magical slot games in our time, but Witchcraft Academy still seems to find a unique edge. Perhaps it is the top-notch graphics and animations depicting a dated setting, or maybe it’s the twinkling backing music which sets it apart.
Obviously, if you’re a seasoned slots player, you will be aware that neither wilds nor free spins are particularly ground-breaking features. The difference in the Witchcraft Academy slot is that you have the chance to try and build your own free spins bonuses in the Elements Bonus. Trying to gather coins whilst on the lookout for multipliers and extra spins makes the feature a little more exciting. Plus, it means you are likely to create an ever so slightly different bonus package each time you play.
The RTP of this slot is 96.38% and it has a medium variance.
NetEnt has got an ever-evolving catalogue of top-quality slot games. If you are impressed by the visual aspects of Witchcraft Academy then there is lots more for you to explore from NetEnt. Try a spin with Jumanji, EggOMatic or Dead or Alive to see more fantastic creations.
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