Fri, Mar 1, 2:01am by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:26pm
Wishwood is a pokie based around ‘the luckiest tree in the forest’. As you play, you’ll aim to make progress up the tree, unlocking different bonus features as you go. Throughout the game you are accompanied by Poa, a friendly and mischievous purple sprite who stands atop an equally purple mushroom. Poa gives the game a fantasy feel, which is added to by the wooden butterflies, squirrels and owls that also feature. Will Poa make it to the top of the tree? Give this a spin to find out.
This IGT designed pokie offers up a variety of ways to activate the range of bonus features – check out these highlights:
This initial feature of Wishwood can appear at any time during the base game. Three wisps will appear below the reels and you’ll pick one to award one of the following prizes:
Wispy Wilds – Up to 4 wilds can appear on each of the five reels.
Magic Multipliers – 3 or 4 multipliers will appear between the reels, with values of 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x or 10x. These multipliers are applied to any wins touching the multiplier values.
Bonus Climb – Entry into the main bonus climb feature (see below).
Tangled Symbols Feature
After any base game win, you might be lucky enough to activate the ‘Tangled Symbols’ feature. This will see the winning symbols held in place, while the rest of the reels will be held in place. Any new wins will lock in place too, with the re-spins continuing until the win is no longer improved. This feature could potentially turn a single 3 in a row win, to a series of higher paying 5 in a row wins across a number of lines.
There are three ways to enter the ‘Bonus Climb’ feature. The first is via a pick in the ‘Mystery Picker’ feature. The second is to land the bonus symbol on reels 1, 3 and 5. Third, landing two of the three bonus symbols might see Poa adding the final bonus symbol into place. You’ll now get to spin a small wooden wheel featuring numbers that apply to how far up the tree you’ll climb. Start to unlock the following features when you reach level three (levels 0 to 2 pay 10x your total bet):
Amber Wilds – Seven free spins with sticky ‘amber’ wilds.
Enchanted Wilds – Five free spins with any instances of a wisp on reels 2, 3 or 4 filling a meter next to one of the top three symbols. Fill all five slots in the meter and that symbol will turn wild and 5 more spins are added. Turn all 3 symbols wild and you’re in for a fine feature.
Top of the Tree Bonus – 8 free spins where you’ll select one of the high value symbols. After each spin, the symbol will expand vertically to fill the reel and all symbols between the special symbols on different reels will also transform into the special symbol.
Wishwood features a slightly enlarged 5×4 reel set up with a set total of 20 win-lines. The wild symbol is the highest paying in the game at an impressive 10,000 coins. Poa’s ‘acorn’ helmet and the wooden owl, squirrel and butterfly are next on the pay table. The playing card symbols 10, J, Q, K and A complete the reels.
IGT have set Wishwood in the middle of a dense forest, with tangled branches framing the reels. All around the scene are little balls of coloured light, adding to the fantasy feel. Poa stands to the left of the reels throughout, adding a sense of fun to the pokie, while his animation is excellent throughout. An enchanting soundtrack greets each spin, giving the game a fairy-tale feel.
Wishwood is an entertaining and involving pokie from IGT. It is ideal for those players who enjoy a lot of bonus features. The randomly awarded ‘Mystery Picker’ and ‘Tangled Symbols’ features can strike at any time and give you a winning boost. However, the best is yet to come. The ‘Bonus Climb’ sees Poa risk his limbs as you move up and unlock bigger and better features.