You have to hand it to WMS, when they put their minds to it they can and do produce some of the most payable slot games you will ever come across, and one such slot which is at the top of many players lists of slots they play regularly is their Wizard of Oz Wicked Riches slot.
However, there are some very noticeable differences in regards to the playing structure of this five-reel slot and most others, and as such it does deserve a full and comprehensive review which you will find below!
Playing Structure of the Wizard of Oz Wicked Riches Slot
You may have played many five-reel slots in the past, and whilst that is the way in which this slot game has been designed those reels are not video reels as is often the case, instead they are stepper reels much like those you find on some of the older classic slots.
Spread over those reels you will find 30 pay lines, however they are fixed pay lines so you will have to activate all of them before you can send the reels spinning. Therefore, each base game spin you play off will cost you 30 coins, on your chosen coin value setting.
For reference as the coin values can be set as low as 0.01, that means you do have the ability of playing this slot for a low stake of just 0.30 per spin, however by increasing the coin values you could play it for as much as 2.40 per spin. In fact, some casinos may have much higher staking options available, but most sites will have a max bet spin of 2.40 per spin on offer on this slot.
Pay Table and Payouts
In the bottom left hand corner of the slot game screen you will find the pay table button, and by giving it a click you can then scroll through each of the different sections of that pay table.
The base game jackpot is worth 10,000 coins when playing for stakes of just 0.30, however when playing for stakes of 2.40 that base game jackpot becomes an 800.00 jackpot payout instead. One interesting aspect of the pay table is that it reveals the long term expected RTP of this slot which for reference is 96.01%, which is slightly higher than average!
The entire possible set of winning combinations that can be spun in are also listed on the pay table, and each of the reel symbols are unique to this slot, and not simply the often found playing card reel symbols.
Bonus Games and Bonus Features
As we hinted at in our opening paragraph there is something very special in regards to the Wizard of Oz Wicked Riches slot game, and in our opinion apart from the unique sound effects and animations it has to be the bonus games and bonus features that makes this slot highly playable.
The first bonus feature that you could trigger is awarded when just one of the Winged Monkey reel symbols lands on the middle reel. When that symbol does make an appearance a Winged Monkey will fly onto the screen and select one of the standard reel symbols on the screen at random.
That symbol will then become a special wild symbol for that spin and also any matching reel symbols in view on the screen to the one selected will also be turned into wild symbols by one or more swopping Winged Monkeys flying onto the screen!
You will also find a set of Feature symbols attached to all five stepper reels of the Wizard of Oz Wicked Riches slot game, and when any set of three of them spin in onto any reel positions those symbols will then trigger a set of free spins.
You are initially awarded with a set of 8 free spins, irrespective of whether 3, 4 or all 5 Feature scatter symbols triggered the feature, and the same stakes you had in play on the triggering spin will be in place during that bonus game too.
Apart from the jackpot paying winning combination, when you spin in one or more winning payouts via the free spins bonus game you will be awarded with a random multiplier by the Wicked Witch of the West. That multiplier can range from x2 to x10.
You will also be able to re-trigger another set of free spins if three or more of the Feature scatter symbols spin in from one single free spin played off.
Tornado Progressive Jackpot Feature
It will certainly not escape your notice when you first see the slot screen of the Wizard of Oz Wicked Riches slot game that there are four live jackpots displayed at the top of the screen, and the way in which you could be awarded with one of them is via a special additional bonus game known as the Tornado feature.
When playing off any single spin you could be randomly awarded with the Tornado feature, and if you are then you will see 8 barns displayed on the screen. You are simply tasked with clicking onto one of them.
You will then either reveal a cash award which is then awarded to you and the bonus game then ends, or you could reveal a cash award along with a Feature message. It is via that additional feature that you then have the chance of winning one of the four jackpots displayed at the top of the screen.
One thing to keep in mind however about those jackpots is that whilst every player, playing for any stake amount does have the chance of winning one of them, the higher the stake levels you do play the base game for you have an increased chance of winning those jackpots.
So whilst you can play this slot for any stake level and still win big, higher stake players are likely to be awarded with the progressive jackpots much more regularly over their long term play.