Free The Wizard of Oz Emerald City slot
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The Wizard of Oz Emerald City is the fifth installment of this particular theme, following Wizard of Oz, Ruby Slippers, Wicked Riches and the 3 reel Road to Emerald City. It may be clear that this is licensing deal that works really well for WMS, therefore don’t be surprised if there is a few more still to come. This is possibly the most basic Wizard of Oz slot I have seen so far, however it has been a hit in land based casinos as a video slot machine. The various symbols in the game float on the eponymous yellow brick road and gently slide into place with each spin. The twinkly wand waving sounds are constant reminder of the theme. So will this journey to the Emerald City be prosperous or are we off on a wild goose chase?
On the reels…
Emerald City is a 5 reel slot, with 3 rows and 243 ways to win. There is a familiar feeling I get when playing Wizard of Oz-themed slots - all the action is in the features! There is a brief exception in this particular game with the Jackpot symbol, offering 3, 30 or 300 coins for 3, 4, or 5-of-a-kind (5OAK) on a winning payline. Other picture symbols include various characters from the famous story, including Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion, Scarecrow and more. The card symbols make up the remaining positions on the reels, not forgetting the Wizard of Oz bonus symbol.
Glinda The Good Witch feature
This is a random feature in the base game, which will see the reels drop down and turn pink in colour. Glinda The Good Witch will appear, wave her wand and award 1-5 bubbles. These bubbles drift and then burst into Wilds on any reel between 2-5. The added extra in this feature is the freshly landed Wilds can push the reels up 1-3 positions, generating more winning options.
Land 3 Wizard of Oz bonus scatters on reels 1, 3 and 5 and you will trigger the Bonus Wheel feature. You are first presented with a bonus wheel with Oz’s talking head at the bottom of the screen. The wheel spins and will land on either:
A Gem stone - a small fixed prize of 6 coins
A Jackpot symbol - a fixed prize of between 30 - 150 coins depending on which character it lands on.
The Emerald City Picking Bonus - a bonus that involves picking gems to reveal fixed prizes. You can progress into further rounds with bigger prizes on offer.
Glinda The Good Witch Free Spins - 5 free spins where Glinda will wave her wand and reward you with 1-5 Wilds as in the random base game feature.
The Wizard of Oz Emerald City slot is nothing more than a land based slot rehash. It lacks imagination and is pretty much a mix and match of other Wizard of Oz slots. Most wins are loaded into the features and you can very easily burn through a lot of credit before hitting anything substantial. Further pain is inflicted when you become aware of the rather meagre 93.95% RTP. If you like 243 way slots then avoid this trip down the yellow brick road and go give BTG’s Bonanza, Microgaming’s Highlander or Playtech’s Buffalo Blitz a spin instead.