Witchcraft Academy is a 5 reel, 4 row, 20 fixed payline slot from Net Entertainment that can be played on all devices from 20p to £200 per spin. Set in an ancient and mysterious school of magic which is full of secrets and spells, it benefits from wild substitutions, an Element Bonus feature and free spins features.

The game looks superb as you join Efora the Witch and Earthan the Wizard on their quest for magic treasures – amid scrolls and books, you join the top students of the Academy alongside their pet Elements, the owl and the dragon. Symbols on the reels include heart, diamond, club and spade shaped potion bottles as well as the owl, dragon, Efora the Witch and Earthan the wizard – the latter is the most valuable symbol giving you 20 times your stake for 5 in view.

The wild symbol substitutes for all symbols bar the scatter symbols and only appears on reels 1, 2, 4 and 5. The Bonus symbol is important as 3 or more appearing anywhere on the reels trigger the Elements Bonus feature. You then choose Efora the witch or Earthan the wizard to cast an Element Shot at a random column.

The amount of Element Shots you get depends on how many Bonus symbols triggered the feature – i.e. 5 Element Shots for 5 Bonus scatters. An Element Shot is randomly made with 1 of 4 Elements – Efora’s Element is the owl and Earthan’s Element is the dragon. When each Element hits, it clears the closest symbol in the column.

The Element Shot can give you a coin win of between 10 and 200 times your total stake. If it hits an Armour Guard, the Armour Guard explodes hitting all symbols adjacent to it either horizontally or vertically. If it hits a scatter symbol, the Free Spins feature the symbol represents is unlocked.

In the feature, scatters only appear on row 4 and will give you an Overlay Wild Reel 1, +5 free spins, a 2x multiplier, +5 free spins and Overlay Wild Reel 5. If you get 3 or more scatter symbols during the Element Bonus feature, you will unlock a Free Spins feature.

Now, if all symbols are cleared, the feature will end and the unlocked Free Spins feature will then play out. In total, you can win up to 1,000 times your stake in this feature.

Now, the Free Spins feature is played when you get 3 or more scatters – this will give you 5 free spins. Look out for Bonus Spin symbols appearing anywhere in view as these will reward you with extra free spins – 2, 3, 4 or 5 Bonus Spin symbols will give you 5, 10, 15 or 20 free spins.

If you were lucky enough to some extras, you could play the free spins with a 2x multiplier and an Overlay Wild Reel. In total, there’s 30 free spins to be had with a 2x multiplier or 1 wild reels. This can lead to wins of up to 8,000 times your total stake on every free spin!

Witchcraft Academy certainly looks superb and has the bonus features to make it a top slot – it’s all about the Elements Bonus feature where up to 5 coin wins prizes can give you a cool 1,000 times your stake. However, for me it’s about accessing the Free Spins feature with an Overlay Wild Reel, a 2x multiplier and extra free spins. If you manage to get additional free spins too, this could result in huge wins. It’s a medium to high variance game so you need to tread carefully.

Overall, Witchcraft Academy is a superb game from NetEnt which has the potential to pay out well in the base game, Elements Bonus feature and Free Spins feature. If you like witches, Playtech’s Halloween Fortune and iSoftBet’s Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters are recommended.