A mysterious illusionist takes centre stage in The Vanishing Act, a magic themed slot from High5 Games. Playable from between 40p and £40 per spin, it’s a 5 reel, 40 payline title that comes with Super Stack symbols and a free spins bonus round. Can it help you conjure up a hat full of coins? Let’s take a closer look.

First impressions are pretty positive – The Vanishing Act comes with SuperStacks which can fill an entire reel or reels with the same symbol to create multiple winning payline opportunities.

Symbols on the reels include the magician performing a number of Houdini style feats of escapology as well as a pair of beautiful assistants. They’re joined on the reels by playing card symbols from A to 10. The wild is the biggest symbol, offering payouts of 1,000 coins if you manage to find a five symbol combination – they’re standard High 5 visuals which work especially well when they appear as Super Stacks.

The Vanishing Act also comes with a Free Spins feature – find the Free Games symbols on reels 2, 3 and 4 and you’ll trigger the feature and be awarded 7 free spins. That sounds a little on the meagre side, but to compensate, even more SuperStacks are added to the reels for the duration of the feature, giving a big boost to your chances of hitting a decent sized win.

For all it’s magical theme, The Vanishing Act lacks a little pizazz – the imagery is perfectly acceptable but a specialist backing track would have certainly enhanced the overall feel. As far as features go, it’s all about the Super Stacks. They can deliver well in the base game but really come into their own during the free spins feature when extra Super Stacks are added to the reels.

Get lucky here and fill up multiple reels with the same symbol and the results can quickly fly. Be warned though, The Vanishing Act is a volatile, high variance slot – expect plenty of lean spells where this magician can make your bankroll disappear from view in seemingly no time.

When you do get lucky with the free spins, this performer can certainly help conjure up bumper amounts of coins from seemingly nowhere. I do prefer High5 Games’ Sirens though where there are multipliers of up to 10x in the feature. If mystery/magic themes tickle your fancy, Novomatic’s Lucky Lady’s Charm Deluxe is very good and often overlooked.