The premier games developer Williams Interactive, has released a range of games featuring the Wizard of Oz in different versions of the story. The Wizard of Oz – Wicked Riches is probably the darkest story of all, as the theme moves away from Dorothy, and centres upon the Wicked Witch. Even the bonus rounds offered in this game are designed around her, featuring her sinister Flying Monkeys and the famous tornado.
The Witch’s Symbols
The background of this slot game is dark forest scenery all done in purple and black, and the only light comes from the full moon casting long shadows. Even the symbols represent articles connected to the Wicked Witch. You will see the Witch’s Black Hat and her Broomstick, an Hour Glass filled with red sand and a Flying Owl.
You will also see the Wooden Bucket of water, that will signal the end of the Witch, and this symbol can earn you a prize if becomes part of a winning combination. There is also the prospect of the tornado, as well as the evil Flying Monkeys that the wicked Witch will set upon you.
The Wizard of Oz – Wicked Riches has five reels with thirty pay lines. The Witch’s tune plays while the reels spin, and the peal of an old clock is heard when certain bonuses are landed.
A Free Spins Round with a Multiplier
The Wizard of Oz – Wicked Riches slot game offers a free spins bonus round, which is triggered by the appearance of three or more Wicked Riches bonus symbols across the reels. Eight free spins are awarded, and if you land on winning lines at this time you will receive a randomly selected multiplier, seen at the top of the screen.
This multiplier can change its value with each spin of the eight free spins, and range from two times to ten times. At the end of the free spins bonus round, the Wicked Witch calls you My Pretty, and congratulates you on what you have won from her, which adds a bit of fun to the game.
The Flying Monkey Bonus
Even though the evil Flying Monkeys swoop on to the screen, with the cackles of the Witch encouraging them onwards, there is an occasion where the Flying Monkeys are a bonus. If you find a Flying Monkey symbol on the third reel, they will swoop down one at a time and sweep all the other symbols they touch into Wilds, completing a winning combination. The Flying Monkey bonus is actually a floating Wild feature, and this feature can be triggered quite frequently. This can certainly add up to some good payouts. The bonus can also be activated during play in the free spins bonus round.
The Tornado Bonus
You are not given any warning when the Tornado Bonus arrives. This feature in Wizard of Oz – Wicked Riches is random, and can appear after any spin. It appears as a twister dramatically blowing across the screen. The Tornado then chooses one of four progressive jackpots across the top of the screen. When you find out your particular jackpot, you are taken to another screen to choose a Barn to see what prize you have won. Although the Tornado bonus appears randomly, the amount you win is determined by your triggering spin. A higher bet will increase your chances of locating the winning Barn.
This is an easy slot game to play, making it popular with new and seasoned players.