There’s always a place for witchcraft and wizardry in online slots. Even better if the magical online slot in question delivers a slots experience that embraces the finer nature of the magical world, magical spells, enchantments and, as the name might suggest, a giant grimoire. NetEnt hands us all of this and more on a platter on its Golden Grimoire slot. Visceral colours, gemstones and an air of mysticism help us towards 200 times our stake.
Grimoires are massive magical tomes, often housing spells and various incantations. Open up the one from NetEnt and inside is a reelcase with five reels and 20 paylines. Across it we see floating symbols. Perhaps if we were a witch or wizard we might be able to interpret them, but thankfully Golden Grimoire has an information tab which clearly describes all the symbols and their values. Low value symbols appear as the card suits – Spades, Hearts, Diamonds and Clubs, all with different colours. The higher value symbols are gemstones with critters wrapped around them. For instance, we have a Blue Gem with a Snake, a Green Gem with a Kraken, a Purple Gem with a Scarab and the highest paying symbol – the Red Gem with a Spider. When they pay out as generously as they do, even the most squeamish slots fan won’t be bothered about bugs anymore.
As the reels spin, our eyes follow the brightly coloured symbols, waiting for them to be part of an active payline. The Red Gem with the spider is the most rewarding and gives us five times our stake for five on a payline. While all of this is happening, there’s an enchanting soundtrack playing in the background that really does make it feel like we’re casting spells ourselves.
The Golden Skull is Wild and can line up across the reel, but it’s nothing to be afraid of. In fact, it’s extremely rewarding but only appears when it’s part of the Mystery Symbol Feature. This feature is marked by the mystery grimoire looking symbol with a question mark on it. It can appear on any spin on the third, fourth and fifth reel, settling to reveal a random pay symbol or the Skull Wild. If it matches the symbols present on the first reel, they connect and transform all other symbols in the path. The Scatter symbol can trigger Free Spins when it appears on the first, third and fifth reels, giving us eight Free Spins. The Mystery Symbols now appear on each spin, giving us Sticky Mystery Symbols that lock in place until the end of the round. It’s witchcraft!
The Mystery Symbols soon stop being a mystery as they play an integral part of the slot’s bonus feature. But maybe that’s just because we’ve mastered our spells? Either way, Golden Grimoire is a colourful, fanciful affair that any slot player should enjoy. Nice little touches we like include the Free Spins reminder on the left of the screen, appearing in the form of a book, turning pages as it counts down. There’s plenty of potential for magical wins on this slot and, as ever, when we’re betting high the wins are too.