Genie Wild slot review
"Please turn your device horizontally," screams the mobile casino as I try to load up slots developer NextGen Gaming's 5 reel Arabian-themed slot, Genie Wild, on my Android tablet. Mobile slots are improving all the time, and where some work well on certain devices and others are just, well, total pants, it's nice to see that a developer has brought out some mobile games specifically designed for the landscape format. And in landscape, you get a really good sense of what Genie Wild is all about: slick, attractive graphics, nice bonuses and smooth mobile play.
On the Reels...
A 25 payline mobile slot played out over 5 reels, Genie Wild has coin bets running from $0.01 to $2.00 and an Autoplay function up to 50 spins, all of which can be easily altered via the 'Spanner' icon in the top corner of the game screen.
Easy to Navigate?
It's a shame some developers aren't like Microgaming - who have their paytables accessible via a simple swipe of the finger from the game screen - but with others, like NextGen here - you have to navigate your way through a series of screens.
Anyway, once found you can see details on the game's symbols: a monkey, a bowl of fruit, a treasure chest, jewels and the female genie, plus Arabesque 9-through-Ace symbols and the Genie's bottle which acts as the game's Scatter.
The Genie is Wild in Genie Wild!
The genie acts as the Wild, paying out a 5,000-coin jackpot for hitting five on the reels while also substituting for all regular symbols other than that scattered bottle.
Find a Genie in a Bottle to Win 10 Free Spins
Three or more of the genie's bottles anywhere on the reels triggers a free spins bonus round with 10 free games. During the spins, expanding wilds will appear on the reels to give you some juicy extra wins.
Only 10 spins doesn’t sound too grand, but I found the expanding Wilds to hit fairly frequently to bump up your prize pool. However, those on the hunt for bigger fish to fry on their tablets or mobile phones need look no further than Playtech's great Arabian-themed Desert Treasure slot with a healthy 97% RTP, while the travel-themed mobile slot, Safari Heat, is a worthy alternative from the same developer.