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Enter a wondrous woodland world with the Wishwood slot machine from game developer giants IGT. This fantasy-themed slot features a classic 3x5 reel set up and 20 possible paylines, with spins from as little as 20p.

Upon entering the Wishwood, you will be introduced to Poa, the energetic little sprite who loves spins and acts not only as the mascot for this game but as your pepped-up personal cheerleader too. The Wishwood RTP is a healthy 96.3% and with Poa cheering you on all the way, I don’t think you could wish for a better all-round slot.

The first thing to say about this slot is that Poa himself is the star of the show (other than you of course!). His wide-eyed excitement and overall cuteness shines throughout the entire game, and his interactions with both the board and the player are what really makes this a video slot. Whilst, graphically. This may not be the most advanced and high-resolution slot you’ve seen—especially by IGT’s own high standards—this is still a very lively set of reels.

You have your standard card values from 10 to Ace but the game’s symbols are very unique indeed, ranging from wooden owl, squirrel and butterfly icons, to Poa’s shiny gold hat and of course your bonus-related symbols, but we’ll get into those later.

The best way to describe the overall look and feel of this slot is that it has a pretty and dainty quality to it: very much in line with the quaint and mystical woodland setting – it almost feels like something out of a fairytale. The forest backdrop is littered with flora of all colours and the thick greens and browns of the undergrowth fill the screen.

Although the actual gameplay has plenty of excitement, it is combined with an almost a cosy and relaxed atmosphere, which a balance that very few slots manage to strike. To round it all off, the interface is extremely easy to use and the hugely exciting line-up of bonus features means the Wishwood slot should definitely be next on your list of games to try out.

How to Play

IGT have made some of the most popular in the online gambling community, so the actual mechanics are fairly by the book in this slot. The standard requirement for a winning combination is 3 or more symbols on an active payline, however, there are some symbols that only require 2 matches for a win.

The controls are equally straightforward: your primary spin is located in the centre of the screen and your bet adjuster is just to the left; to the right, you will find display windows for wins and total balance. Other than any audio or video changes that you want to make (accessed through the black bar along the bottom of the screen) you should be about ready to play.

A Forest of Features

As if the base game weren’t magical enough, the Wishwood slot game features a really good range of bonuses that aren’t too complicated to understand and plenty of variety to the gameplay. Here’s a quick run-through:

Mystery Picker Feature

This ingenious feature is a game of chance that decides which bonus feature you will access. Above the main board, you will notice there a various plants that hang over the reels. Occasionally, the plants will randomly produce glowing fruit and if they happen to send wisps cascading on to the reels, one of 3 bonuses will be triggered. The 1st of these is the Wispy Wilds which can randomly reward you with up to 4 wilds on your next spin; the 2nd is the Magic Multipliers which can range from 3 to 4 and increase your winnings by up to 10x on individual paylines. The 3rd feature triggers the highly coveted bonus round, which we’ll go into in more detail shortly.

Tangled Symbols

As the name might give away, this feature is similar to a sticky symbols/reels situation where the same wisps can entangle a winning combination and keep it locked in place as the other reels continue to spin. This will continue as long as you keep landing on successful matches and even more symbols can become tangled, meaning this feature has the potential chain together a number of wins.

Bonus Climb

As alluded to earlier, the Bonus Climb is the 3rd and final feature that can be triggered through the Mystery Picker or, equally, by landing three bonus symbols. However, this is where your new friend Poa can do more than just put a smile to your face, as he can sometimes shake the reels to help you find an extra bonus symbol to complete your combo.

The bonus round itself is essentially a progressive feature where you must climb through the trees to reach bonus modifiers at different levels. The first of these is the Amber Wilds, which award 7 free spins with sticky wilds; the next stage is the Enchanted Wilds where you play for 5 free spins as you try to collect wisps as they land on the board – gather enough and you’ll transform them high-value symbols into wilds.

Finally, if you reach the Top of the Tree you'll earn 8 free spins, during which, high-value symbols can start to expand until they fill their own reel as well as centre reel too. It’s an exciting way to top off an exciting run of bonuses.

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