A magical woodland is the setting for Druidess Gold, a highly unusual 5 reel, 1,296 ways to win video slot from Lightning Box Games. It comes with a bonus feature that offers up to 12 free spins with locked wilds as well as the chance to hit a mega spin where the reels are dominated by a single symbol. Play from between 50p and £62.50 per spin.

If you’re used to playing slot machines with a traditional 5 reel and 20 payline format, then Druidess Gold will take a little getting used to. The reels are dominated by a 4×4 square (the Reelfecta) in the middle. Rather than 4 reels, this is in fact a single reel, albeit one with 16 symbols on show.

Land at least 5 of the Bonus symbol on the outer positions of the Reelfecta and you’ll trigger Druidess Gold’s chief selling point, the Ring of Protection Bonus feature. Here you’ll be awarded at least 3 free spins but there’s plenty of scope to add.

On each free spin, a wild or a poison bottle will appear, starting in the top left hand corner of the Reelfecta. If it’s a wild, it will be locked in place and you’ll receive an extra spin. These held wilds keep on coming on the outer positions of the reels, adding extra spins as they go, until you land the poison bottle. You’ll receive a 2x multiplier on the poison bottle spin too.

If you manage to fill up all of the outer positions of the Reelfecta, the 4 inner positions will become filled with wilds too – you’ll then be given a single Mega Spin with all 16 wilds in place which offers some spectacular winning opportunities.

The action crackles along at a decent pace in Druidess Gold thanks to the 1,296 ways to win game engine – this game is all about the bonus feature though when the extra held wilds can deliver some huge opportunities.

Visually, it’s nicely put together and has a typically magical feel. Look out for candles, swords and wands, books of spells, crows and an alchemist on the reels. The Druidess is the wild, appearing on the Reelfecta and reel 4 only. Despite so many symbols being on show, the reels don’t feel overcrowded. The action plays out to a fantastical style orchestral soundtrack.

Druidess Gold takes a little getting used to – spotting winners isn’t that easy at first view so some free play spins are certainly recommended.

Triggering the Ring of Protection Bonus feature is the key to success here – get on a roll with the frozen wilds and there are some good chances on offer. Trigger the Mega Spin and the Druidess can deliver plenty of gold. Lightning Box Games also offer you Pixie Gold which is almost identical.