The Wizard of OZ Pokie
|Slot theme||Fairy Tale|
|Symbols||Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Wicked Witch, Toto, House, Tornado, Air Balloon, Ruby Slippers|
The Wizard of OZ Pokie Review
The Wizard of Oz released by WMS is a marvelous 5-reel pokie inspired by the 1939 fantasy film of the same name. According to research of the Library of Congress, the Wizard of Oz is the most seen film in the world, so little wonder that Scientific Games that owns the WMS brand decided to introduce a new pokie based on that wonderful film. Its colorful symbols illustrate characters and items from the legendary film. But what makes it really cool is the abundance of bonus features that almost copycat the main plot twists of the film. Bonus features such as Winged Monkey Wilds, Road to Emerald City will occur very often, refreshing your eyes and bringing generous wins.
Wizard of Oz has 5 reels and 30 paylines. A bet per line is adjusted between $0.01 and $5.00, which means the minimum and maximum stakes are $0.30 and $150 per round. The number of lines is also changed to the minimum of 1, though everyone is recommended to cover all the lines with any amount, lest you should miss some lucrative symbols and bonuses.
The low-ranking symbols are represented by a twister that brought Dorothy’s house far from her motherland in Kansas, to Munchkinland; the house itself and a hot air balloon (presumably the one that should have taken Dorothy home), all paying out x5, x20 and x100 for 3–5 of a kind. Further up the paytable, there is Toto, a small black dog that accompanied Dorothy in Oz; the Wicked Witch of the West and a pair of magic red slippers worn by the main heroine. This trio has identical payouts of x10, x25 and x150 for 3–5 of a kind. Regular high-ranking symbols are Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Man depicted together ($2500 at max), Dorothy herself ($3750) and the Jackpot symbol ($50,000).
The Wizard of Oz logotype is a wild substitute for all normal symbols. Besides, it is able to complete its own combos, paying out up to $5000 for five of a kind.
Glinda is a good sorceress who helped Dorothy in her adventures. In this pokie, she triggers a feature appearing in front of the reels in a gigantic pink soap bubble. Waving her magic wand, Glinda turns a random number of 1 to 5 reels into wild, and flies away. This is the only random bonus in the pokie and can be very productive in terms of the winning potential.
Oz Pick bonus
The Emerald City “Feature” symbol is a scatter that activates the Oz Pick bonus event when they land on reels 1, 3 and 5. Once there, you are asked to pick any of the three scatters to reveal a prize. The scatter that you select can win you a random cash amount, Winged Monkey free spins or Road to Emerald City mini game.
You get 8 free spins as an outcome of the Oz Pick bonus. During free spins, an extra special wild symbol comes into play. It lands on the central reel only and transforms a random number of regular symbols into wild. Free spins can be retriggered if three winged monkey symbols appear on reels 1, 3 and 5. Overall, this bonus addition to the game can lead to very sizeable wins if you get lucky to see a couple of extra wilds in proper places.
Road to Emerald City
You are shown a group of emeralds and are invited to select one. Awards include a cash prize (x30 to x300 a line stake), a character land or access to the Emerald City. If a character land is revealed, you are then transported to one of four locations such as Scarecrow Corn Field, Tin Man Apple Orchard, Cowardly Lion Dark Forest and Wicked Witch Castle. Whichever place you are taken, the pokie game asks you to choose a gold charm that can pay out x30 to x150 a line bet and send you back to the emerald selection stage.
Your task in the bonus to progress as far as possible because cash wins get higher with every new level passed. Once you find the Emerald City icon among the emeralds, you will be taken to the gate of that city that serves as the capital of the Land of Oz. Here again, you are to pick from four key characters, Dorothy and her companions. You are then sent to visit the Wizard of Oz for a final award. He will prompt you to check out the four characters (Dorothy, Scarecrow, etc.) to determine your cash prize. Each of the characters has four cash prizes associated with him/her. These values will be randomly lit up to stop on the award, at which point the feature ends and you return to the base game. The range of prizes for the four characters are:
- Dorothy: x300 – x1500 the line bet
- Scarecrow: x150 – x1000
- Tin Man: x100 – x750
- Lion: x100 – x500.
So at the final stage of the feature the prize can amount to a huge $7500, not to mention numerous intermediate rewards that you win on the way to the Emerald City gate.
Wizard of Oz is a very colorful and feature-packed video slot courtesy of Bally. It has a randomly activated bonus, free spins, expanding wilds and an epic bonus quest where you are to pick up the track to the Emerald City and get into big money. The maximum single win in the base game reaches up to $50,000 for hitting five Jackpot icons on a payline. If you are into interesting features, you are encouraged to give a spin to Wizard of Oz.