Clearly inspired by the theme of Harry Potter, NetEnt have created their own take of a story that features a school for young wizards and witches.
This Witchcraft Academy slot game will certainly provide anyone that knows anything about the famous wizard an immediate sense of nostalgia as they will feel they have been transported to a Hogwarts-esque place as they look to learn the art of magic.
This Witchcraft Academy game review found that the playing grid consists of five reels that each have four different positions in which icons are able to fall in order to form winning combinations. In addition, there are 20 different paylines available, thus providing players with some potentially great opportunities to win some magical prizes.
Players can either test the game out by using the Witchcraft Academy Free Play version made available at the top of this game guide, or they could look to play for real money and get in on the action as soon as possible, which is something we would recommend considering the rewards on offer.
Spins can start from as low as €0.20 per go, although those that want to place higher amounts on each turn are free to place up to €200 on each spin, therefore making the game accessible to players of all budgets. In traditional NetEnt fashion, these values can be altered by the click of a button; as can the ‘Autoplay’ and ‘Max Bet’ features.
Winning combinations can start from anywhere on the grid and do not need to begin from the left or right-hand side. The four icons on the paytable that belong to Earthan (the young wizard) and Efora (the witch) are worth the biggest rewards, with up to 400x the stake for five of a kind available for the wizard. The dragon and the owl are next in line, whilst the four playing card suits are worth the lower amounts.
The Witchcraft Academy bonuses are available via some of the special icons that are found in the game; the bonus icon, the Wild and the Scatter.
The Wild has the ability to substitute all other icons except for the specials and can appear on all reels except for reel three during the base game and the free spins game. In addition, it can expand and appear stacked over a full reel as well.
The Scatter icon can only activate the ‘Elements Bonus’ round when at least three of them appear on the grid and is played across a 5×4 board where the last three rows are filled with giant statues. Players will need to choose two wizards to fire the three Elements Shots that players have. Three Scatters will allow players to pick the same wizard three times.
Once chosen, they will shoot at the column selected to clear some of the giant statues. When a spell hits, the statue will explode and break all objects around it. The aim is to destroy the statues to try and obtain one of the five bonus symbols being hidden. Each provides different special features that can be used in the free spins round.
The first and last bonus icons can unlock a full stack of sticky Wilds that cover reels one and five, whilst the middle icon hides a multiplier of 2x for prizes that are won in the free spins round. The second and fourth bonus symbols provide prizes of five free spins. Once this game ends, the free spins bonus will begin and players have the opportunity to win up to 20 additional spins when they collect the bonus spin icons.
RTP (return to player)
Our Witchcraft Academy review found that the return to player (RTP) rate for this NetEnt slot game stands at 96.38%, which can be considered pretty good, especially with the great Witchcraft Academy bonuses available to trigger and win.