Witch Pickings

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1 Reels 5
2. Paylines 40
3. Progressive No
4. Maximum coins 40
5. Jackpot 400
6. Maximum jackpot in coins 1000
7. Multiplier No
8. Scatter symbol Yes
9. Free Spins Yes
10. Betting range from $0.4 up to $16
11. Coin Bet Range from $0.01 up to $0.4
12. Coins per line 1
13. Bonus Game Yes
14. Wild symbol Yes
15. Payout percent 95.93

The graphics of NextGen's Witch Pickings slot are excellent. You'll see a bit of a fantasy, nature-based wonderland behind the translucent reels with a castle in the background and a clear path in front of you. This game has a symbol set that makes a lot of sense in terms of it all tying together into the same theme, and the bonus features fit into this concept really well also. Overall, this is a great example of this company putting together a game with excellent graphics and gameplay instead of only relying on one or the other.

Game Format

The layout of this slot is pretty normal as far as video slots go. You'll have three rows of symbols spread across five reels, and there are 25 paylines to play with. One thing that will stand out for players is that the cost per spin is a little atypical in this game because it's based on multiples of 40 instead of 25. You start with a minimum bet size of $0.40, and this goes up to $80 per spin to cover players at all stakes. All of your wins in this game are based on a multiple of your total bet, and that explains how they reconcile the differences between the bet sizes and the number of paylines in the game.

Wild Symbols Wins

The glowing purple crystal ball is one of the most important symbols in the game to keep up with because it's a wild that shows up quite a bit. It can be found on every reel, and it's responsible for some sizable payouts. Five of a kind earns 1,000x, and four earns 200x. You can even pick up 100x for three or 20x for just two of these wilds. It's worth noting again that these wins are multiplied by your entire bet, so they're a bit larger in size than you would typically expect from being listed in this way.

Scatter Payouts

The symbol with all three witches; blue, red and green; is the scatter. It pays for two of a kind or more anywhere on the reels. Two earns 50x, three gets 100x, four picks up 250x and five is worth a 625x payout. The structural differences in how the payouts are determined for scatter wins are noticeably different compared to that of the wilds, and that helps to balance out the pay table a bit since both of them pay for just two of a kind.

Free Spins Feature

When you score with three or more of the scattered witch symbols, you'll get a set of free spins. Each witch gives you a choice between three features that can be activated during your free turns. For the blue witch, you get symbol prizes, stacked symbols or matching symbols to give you better chances of hitting winning combinations. The red witch gives you either a wild multiplier (from 2x to 10x), extra wilds added to the reels or expanding wilds that cover the whole reel. Finally, the green witch offers you a choice between an extra five free spins, payouts that go in both directions or a multiplier (from 2x to 5x) on all of your payouts for the feature.

Regular Payouts

There are two tiers of regular payouts in the Witch Pickings slot. The top tier starts with the castle symbol, which pays out 800x for five of a kind. You can also earn 600x for five of the boiling cauldron, and it drops to 500x for five of the purple potion. The black cat pendant is the lowest of the top-tier symbols, and it gives you 400x when you get five in a row.

The A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 symbols round things out at the bottom end. The purple A and red K pay 200x for players who get five of a kind, and five of the orange Q or cyan J will get 100x. You can also earn 100x for five of the yellow 10 or green 9 symbols as well.

Overview

The Witch Pickings online slot by NextGen might look like just another standard video slot at first glance. It has the standard setup of a wild symbol with the top payout in the game, scatters that give payouts and free spins, and extra value during the free spins, a formula that's been used countless times in the industry.

However, our opinion on this game is that it stands out for a number of reasons. First, there are multiple wins for just two of a kind, which add quite a bit to the hit-rate of the game. Second, the graphics and sound are well above-average, and they contribute quite a bit to the experience. The selection of options for the free spins bonus feature is also one of the most extensive customization scenarios that we've seen in any portion of any online slot. Because of all of these factors, we think this game is great just how it is.

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