Join a magical showman who can conjure up plenty of surprises in Balthazar’s Wild Emporium. Powered by Core Gaming, this 5 reel, 20 payline slot comes with 3 different free spins round complete with stacked, expanding and colossal wilds. Also on offer are 5 randomly triggered base game modifier extras. Play, on all devices, from between 20p and £100 per spin.
An old style travelling caravan and a magical forest form the backdrop to the reels here. Symbols include calligraphy style playing cards as well as a book of spells, bottles of potion, Balthazar himself and a gold coin. The latter 2 each award up to 20 times your total stake. There’s also a wild – this offers awards of up to 25 times your total stake per payline as well as substituting for everything apart from the 3 scatter symbols.
As we mentioned in the intro, there are plenty of extras to get stuck into here. Watch out for Balthazar who can magically appear from a puff of smoke on a losing spin and randomly award 1 of 5 special extras:
- Potions Wild feature – adds wild or colossal wild symbols to the reels.
- Magic Respin feature – the reels will respin to create a new winning combination.
- Dr Burns feature – some of the old symbols are burned away and replaced by new ones to create a new winning combination.
- Snake Eye feature – the symbols on the reels are shuffled to create a new winning combination.
- Deja Vu feature – the reels rewind to reveal a potion symbol.
The main attraction at Balthazar’s Wild Emporium are the free spins rounds – there are 3 of them in all, each offering a different wild extra depending on what coloured bottle triggered the feature:
- Purple Free Spins feature – stacked wilds are added to the reels in this round.
- Blue Free Spins feature – here you’ll spin with expanding wilds in play.
- Yellow Free Spins feature – Colossal Wilds are added to the mix here.
Once you’ve triggered the free spins by landing 3 or more of the same colour of vial, you’ll be offered a number of free spins. You can collect these or gamble part or all of the allocation. If you gamble, the reels will spin again. If another of the same colour vial lands, you’ll win the gamble.
The more you gamble, the bigger the potential number of free spins on offer. In theory, you could win up to 500 free spins in the purple free spins, 750 in the blue free spins or 1,000 in the yellow free spins. Once you’ve decided to collect, the free spins will begin, complete with the special wild extra.
Balthazar’s Wild Emporium is an entertaining slot – the design has the feel of a travelling showman and works very well. There’s plenty of action on display here too. The modifier extras liven up the base game and the wild extras in the free spins round can quickly have a big impact. After a single gamble in the colossal wilds round, we managed to spin our way to a win of over 300 times our stake.
As far as volatility goes, we’d put this on the high side of medium with wins of up to 5,000 times your stake on each spin! The Emporium can sometimes feel likes its snake oil that’s being offered – trigger the free spins though and get lucky with the wilds and Balthazar’s Wild Emporium can serve up some wildly entertaining action. If you like the theme, Play ‘N Go’s Golden Ticket is worth playing.