Mystic Wheel Slot
The Mystic Wheel slot is an August 2019 release from Red Tiger with a Celtic adventure theme. Of medium to high volatility, this is a well-designed and simple slot with the potential to pay out over 10,000x the bet size.
Mystic Wheel takes place on a 5x3 reel set with 30 fixed pay lines and comes with an industry-standard RTP of 96.16%. That huge potential lies within the game’s sole feature, the eponymous scatter triggered ‘Mystic Wheel’ which offers ample win multipliers and up to 77 spins.
You can play the Mystic Wheel slot machine from €0.20 to €10 per spin.
Design & Symbols
The design is possibly the best aspect of this game with some superb artwork and detailing on the wheel, symbols, and background. The setting is the entrance to a rocky cave somewhere in the Irish countryside.
In the base game, the wheel is largely obscured by the gameboard but you can see that it sits atop a solid stone plinth surrounded by a rocky outcrop bathed in a mysterious blue light. Framed by a thin granite-like border, the gameboard contains 5 blue/green reels with 8 regular symbols and a scatter symbol.
During the Mystic Wheel feature more of the wheel is revealed. Like most wheels of fortune, it is divided into segments, each of a different value or purpose. The background music is somewhat eerie and mystical and very much in keeping with the theme.
Low-value symbols are the card suits; clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades. High-value symbols are keys, rings, brooches, and diamonds. The diamond is the most valuable symbol, paying 10x the bet size for 5 on a pay line. The game has no wild symbol and the scatter is a small Mystic Wheel.
Mystic Wheel Spins
The only feature on offer here is to get to play the Mystic Wheel which is scatter triggered. Land 3 or more scatter symbols to activate the wheel. As well as landing the scatters during regular play a randomly activated “Wheel Activator” feature adds extra scatters to the reels.
You’ll know if the Wheel Activator is in effect when the screen illuminates, starts to shake, and the reels blur. The Wheel Activator significantly increases your chances of triggering the bonus round although it is by no means guaranteed.
Landing 3, 4, or 5 scatters awards 3, 4, or 5 spins of the Mystic Wheel. The wheel is divided into 10 equal segments which each contain one of the following awards
- Additional Spins - (between 1 and 4 spins added to your total)
- Win multipliers - (up to10x your stake* added to your feature win)
- Multiplier Boosts - (between 1x and 4x added to each win multiplier on the wheel)
- Double All – Doubles all win multiplier values
- Question Mark – Applies a random number of spins or multiplier boosts
The maximum number of spins the game allows is 77 with a top win of 10,000x the stake.
*the starting win multiplier values go up to 10x but increase significantly during a decent bonus round as multiplier boosts build up.
Mystic Wheel Summary
Having played Mystic Wheel for a considerable length of time my feelings are still relatively mixed. On the one hand, the bonus round can be seriously good fun when you get on a roll; when win multipliers are up in the ’40s or ’50s and the free spins are adding up it can be a very engrossing and exciting game. On the other hand, however, get a bad bonus round (and you will) and the whole thing is rather deflating.
That’s the problem with a one-trick-pony such as Mystic Wheel, the bonus feature is hard to trigger and it really is all the game has to offer. Despite some lovely design work and a wonderfully atmospheric soundtrack, the base game is tedious.
There are no wilds or win multipliers to add a bit of spice to regular play, it is simply one big grind in the hope of landing those scatter symbols. Without the ‘turbo’ option to speed up the spins I may well have lost the will to live.
This game is easily placed in the medium-high variance online slots category and ironically enough I think an even higher variance could salvage is somewhat. Sure, the grind will be even longer and more torturous, but if a higher percentage of the bonus rounds were likely to yield gold then it could be worth it. As it stands the pain is already there in spades and (in my opinion), the reward is too often not large enough to justify it.