Get in the mood for Halloween with Side City Studios’ witchy online video slot – Charms and Witches. It offers an RTP of 95,53% and the chance to win up to 3.000x the Bet per Line! There are plenty of Halloween favorites featured including black cats, rats, toads, witches brew and ravens. Spell up some cash with Charms and Witches’ Bonus Features such as Free Games with Double Wins, Wild Substitutions with Double Wins, a Pick Me Bonus and Random Wilds granted by a Spooky Bats Bonus.
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Charms and Witches is a 3-row, 5-reel, 25-fixed payline, online slot haunted by witches and witchy accessories. The reels are set against a background depicting a night sky lit by a full moon. A spooky mansion peeks out of the right hand corner, an iron gate frames the right and left sides and 2 jack-o’-lanterns grin wickedly from below. The overall graphics quality of Charms and Witches is above average with cleverly animated higher-paying symbols such as a good witch that transforms into a wicked witch and a black Raven that transforms into a gentleman. The music and sound effects set a deliciously spooky Halloween mood.
Charms and Witches shows cash values for Bet per Line, Total Bet, Win and Balance along the bottom of the screen. Choose a Bet per Line (1p – £2) to select a Total Bet ranging from 25p – £50 at Vera&John. The winning combo values in Charms and Witches’ Paytable are listed in credits which remain fixed despite changes made to the bet. Most cash wins are auto-calculated by multiplying the pay by the Bet per Line. Scatter wins are the exception as each is multiplied by the Total Bet.
Charms and Witches has 13 Halloween themed symbols. There are 3 special symbols including a Wild, Pick Me Bonus and Bat Scatter. The Wild form its own winning combos as well as substitutes for any regular symbol awarding a multiplier of 2x to each win that it completes. The Pick Me Bonus symbol triggers the Bonus Feature it is named for, and the Bat Scatter symbol awards winning combos in addition to potentially triggering Free Spins. Charms and Witches has 10 spooky regular symbols. Listed in order of highest to lowest value, they include: Witch, Rat, Raven, Toad, Potion, Scarecrow, Black Cat, Witch’s Hat, Shoe and Tassels.
Charms and Witches has left to right gameplay only with the exception of the Scatter and Pick Me Bonus symbols which do not follow along any payline. Get 2+ (Wilds, Scatters, Witches, Rats) or 3+ matching symbols to form a winning combo. The highest paying symbol of this online slot is the Wild which awards a win of 3.000x the Bet per Line for a 5 of a kind match. At Vera&John, that can translate to as much as £6.000 when the max bet is selected. The Wild can also double any win it completes allowing it to award up to 1.000x the Bet per Line when acting as a substitute.
NYX Gaming Group online slots typically offer an Autoplay option. Charms and Witches’ Autoplay ranges from 5 – 100 spins.
Charms and Witches Bonus Features
Spooky Bats Bonus: This Feature randomly triggers during either Main or Free Games mode. A group of bats will fly across the reels transforming regular symbols into Wilds. The Spooky Bats Bonus will award at least 1 Wild each time it activates. Expect this Feature to trigger more often during Free Games mode.
Free Games Feature: The appearance of 3+ Bat Scatters triggers an initial 10 Free Games enhanced by a Win Multiplier of 2x. It is possible to re-trigger another round of Free Games during this mode.
Pick Me Bonus: This Bonus triggers when 3 Pick Me Bonus symbols appear on reels 2, 3 & 4. Players may click on 1 of the 3 triggering symbols to be awarded with either a cash prize, a cash prize + the opportunity to pick again, or win all the prizes.
Gamble Feature: NYX Gaming Group slots often implement this standard Feature. After any win, players have the opportunity to click on the ‘gamble’ button to wager winnings for the chance to either double or quadruple them. To double a win, players must guess the correct colour (red/black) of a facedown card. To quadruple it, players must guess the correct suit (diamond, heart, spade, clover) of a facedown card. It is possible to correctly guess up to 5 consecutive times. An incorrect guess will result in the loss of winnings.
Summary table Charms and Witches
|Software developer||Side City Studios (NYX Gaming Group)|
|Supported on mobile devices||Yes|
|Release date||October 2016|
|Payout Percentage RTP (?)||95,53%|
|Volatility / variance (?)||Average|
|Features (?)||Spooky Bats Bonus, Free Games, Pick Me Bonus and Gamble Feature|
|Roles / pay-lines (?)||5 / 25|
|Min. / Max. bet||25p up to £50|
|Line Bet||0.01 up to 2.00|
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Charms and Witches is a solid Halloween slot pick, not only for players that look for excellence in graphics quality and animations, but also for anyone that appreciates solid Bonuses that trigger with relative frequency. Not to mention, there are plenty of Scatter wins and Wild Substitutions to help pad the bankroll and keep things interesting. Take Charms and Witches for a test run at Videoslots and brew up some wins! If you are looking for more spooky themed slots to help you get in the mood for Halloween, check out these other reviews.
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