Magic Mushrooms sounds like it’s some kind of stoner’s delight – don’t be mistaken by the title though. This is in fact a 5 reel, 40 payline slot from Yggdrasil Gaming based in a mystical forest setting. It comes with win both ways technology, free spins and multipliers. Stakes start at 40p going up to £20 per spin.
The reels in Magic Mushrooms feature 8 high value symbols. There are 4 creepy little critters and 4 chrysalis shapes from which they appear. The pink creature is the biggest payer, offering a 2,000 coin payout if you find 5 in a single active payline. The other creatures pay between 100 and 500 coins for a 5 symbol combo.
So where are the mushrooms you may well ask? In fact there are 3 of them and they’re all wilds. The purple mushroom is the standard wild and appears on reels 1 and 5. The blue mushroom appears on reels 2 and 4 and is a multiplier wild and boosts winning paylines by between 2 and 10 times your line bet.
Finally there’s the red spreading wild that appears on reel 3. When it hits, it will shoot out jets of what looks like lightning and in the process turns up to 4 other symbols into wilds. If you’re lucky, the spreading wild can create another spreading wild to create even more wild symbols.
Magic Mushrooms also comes with a Free Spins feature which is triggered when 3 or more of the pink, snail-like creature appear anywhere on the reels. Three snails will give you 10 free spins, four will provide 20 with five giving you an impressive 75 free games.
It’s possible to activate even more free spins during the feature – you only need to find 2 snails and you’ll receive 2 extra spins. The other figures are the same as in the base game.
The visuals in Magic Mushrooms are typical of Yggdrasil slots. They’re shiny and glossy but in this case they’re not quite as sharp as normal, set against the dark blue backdrop.
The volatility in Magic Mushrooms is pretty high – the wilds are the best route to picking a bumper crop of coins. If you can find a decent number of free spins and then hit the spreading wild, then the results can quickly become impressive. These mushrooms may not blow your mind but if fortune is smiling can certainly be magic.
Draglings, also by Yggdrasil, is very similar but I’d recommend my favourite by Yggdrasil, Cazino Zeppelin which is also highly volatile. Theme wise, Crystal Forest by WMS Gaming is quite similar and also a very good game.