Games developer Thunderkick has pulled another impressive rabbit out of the hat in Magicious, a 5 reel, 10 payline slot with a magic theme. The onscreen action centres on two magicians, one male and one female who use their magic wands to conjure a series of cash prizes. Take to the stage from between 10p and £100 per spin.

As usual with slots from Thunderkick, Magicious is a delight for the eyes and ears. The visuals, including the dapper, moustachioed magician are simple but super sharp and set against an old theatre background. The understated, jazzy backing track is interspersed with special effects when the wand reveals a winning combination with big drumrolls for especially big payouts. The symbols are a series of brightly coloured stars and boxes. Clear and crisp they are too.

The look and sound of Thunderkick-created slots are almost a given but what about the features? The first thing to notice is that Magicious is a win both ways slot, offering payouts from both left to right and right to left.

The main attraction though is the expanding wild with respin feature – the wild only appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 though. When it does hit, it will expand to fill the whole of that reel. At least 1 extra spin will then be added. Find two expanding wilds and there are two free spins on offer, find the wild on three reels and you’ll be rewarded with three extra spins. If you’re lucky enough to fill all three central reels with wilds, the results can be very impressive, especially in combination with the win both ways game engine.

And that’s about it as far as features go – there’s no traditional free spins feature as such or any other bonuses to speak of. Magicious is none the worse for that though. The expanding wilds keep the pace high and the variance relatively low. The simple format makes it a good place for a new player looking to try their luck without risking too much of their bankroll.

Its luscious looks and rapid-fire action make Magicious a winning combination. Complex features are no substitute for solid gameplay and Magicious has that in abundance. And if you get lucky these magicians can still help you conjure up a hatful of coins. If you like expanding wilds, look no further than WMS’ Black Knight II – this is a volatile favourite that can give you huge wins in the free spins feature (and is my favourite slot game ever).