Black magic is in the air in The Shaman King, a voodoo themed slot from Bally Wulff. It comes with a 5 reel, 10 payline game engine complete with expanding wilds as well as a free spins feature that awards 10 free spins with sticky wilds. Stakes range from between 10p and £20 per spin.
Like many slots in the Bally Wulff catalogue, The Shaman King is a fairly simple slot – joining the lower value playing cards from A to 10 are a selection of symbols related to black magic. Look out for drums and voodoo dolls, both of which award 50 times your stake if you land 5 on a payline. The mysterious, fortune telling woman, complete with skull is the most lucrative standard symbol, awarding up to 200 times your stake.
The Shaman King himself is the game’s wild – he doesn’t offer any specific payouts but does substitute for all other symbols apart from the scatter. Better still, whenever he lands he will expand to fill the whole of the reel and become a stacked wild.
The death mask is the scatter – land 3 or more of these anywhere on the reels and you’ll trigger the Free Games feature and with it 10 free spins. The extra wrinkle on offer here is the presence of extra wilds – whenever 1 lands during your free spins, it will be frozen in place and will stay locked for the remainder of the feature.
As usual with Bally Wulff slots, you’ll be given the opportunity to double up any payouts via the 2 gamble offerings. Either guess colour of the playing card or try and climb up the gamble ladder. Each gamble is a 50/50 shot so take care.
The voodoo visuals here are better than in some of the developer’s other slots and are reminiscent of the James Bond classic ‘Live and Let Die’ – the gameplay is typical Bally Wulff – simple, fast paced action with the best winning opportunities coming via the feature. The free spins bonus isn’t the easiest to come by but the sticky wilds can make it worth the wait. We’d put the variance in the medium to high bracket.
The black magic theme won’t be to everyone’s taste – get lucky with those sticky wilds though in the feature and The Shaman King can conjure up some impressive hauls of treasure. If you like sticky wilds in the feature, I recommend you play Yggdrasil Gaming’s Cazino Zeppelin.