Halloween has come round again and it’s NextGen’s turn to release an online slot to make our bones shiver. Only, Witch Pickings Slot doesn’t take the Macbethian view of witches, with this slot operating much more along Wicked lines in terms of game design and overall vibe. Whether or not you will be defying gravity after spinning this five reel, 25 payline would-be epic depends on what our witch protagonists conjure up from the game’s bonus feature, which we get to pick.
As we learned from the Wizard of Oz and, subsequently, Wicked, not all witches are bad (other references to good witches are available). The three witches (it’s always three) in question in this online slot operate very much under white hat rules in a meadow of purest green. Or, in this case, red, blue and green hats. They appear together in a good-looking threesome as our Scatter, ready to wave their wands to our benefit in the Witch Pickings Witches Bonus feature. But more on that later.
Our high-paying game symbols we look to as we eek out the base game are the Witches’ Castle, Cauldron, Potion and every witch’s favourite companion, the Black Cat. 9s through Aces make up our lower-paying symbols, with all symbol wins paying left-to-right as normal. Unless we choose otherwise in the Witches Bonus feature. But more on that later. For now, let’s just add that we can double or quadruple any base game or feature win with NextGen’s Gamble feature. Guess the correct colour or suite of a card and we multiply our winnings. Guess incorrectly and we forfeit those winnings to the bubbling cauldron of doom.
The chomping at the bit can cease! It’s time to talk about the Witches Bonus feature. Whoop! We trigger this delightful ditty when we land three or more Three Witches Scatters anywhere across the reels. Now, each witch grants us a choice of features to include in our bespoke bonus game.
The Blue Witch offers us symbol choices. Will you choose to have high symbols the same, a randomly-chosen high symbol stacked or a cash prize between x25-500 our line bet awarded for every time one of our high symbols lands on the reels?
The Red Witch is clearly the wild one of the bunch. She offers us Wild choices during our free spins. But will you go for Expanding Wilds, Extra Wilds or a Wild Multiplier between x2-x10?
Finally, the Green Witch offers us either an All Wins Multiplier, a Pays Both Ways pay system or 5 Extra Spins. Witch choice we go for is all up to us. Aha. The more we trigger the bonus feature and the higher the win we achieve, the more trophies we collect. The more trophies we collect, the higher we climb up the Witches ladder and the bigger the rewards will be.
The combinations of bonus features within the Witches Bonus feature are seemingly endless. Witch can only be a good thing. Aha. It certainly is a useful device for keeping the gameplay fresh, while our Trophy targets give us plenty to aspire to in the long-term. Overall, Witch Pickings is one online slot that, like pets, isn’t just for Halloween. These witches are here for the long-run.