Thu, Jul 25, 9:03pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Sat, Oct 5, 4:15am
The wise looking wizard which appears on the reels of the Astronomical Magic pokie from Konami is textbook perfect. Think long white beard, pointed hat with star and moon symbols and classic long cape. Joining him are contraptions which might well reveal the mystical side of the cosmos. When you trigger the main bonus, the golden contraption in the special triggering symbols looks completely out of this world!
There are some unique elements to this slot. As you spin, you’ll notice that some of the symbols have golden frames. Get 3 of these on different reels, and that is where the Konami magic starts to happen. Here are the highlights of this low to medium variance game:
There are frames on all the reels. These some as singles, and others in short strips. They look like gold leaf embellishments, and don’t interfere with the symbols shown within them. Every time you spin, a symbol is selected at random to appear in all these frames. This gives you a shot at covering the reels in similar symbols – even before the best part of the lucky frames system kicks in.
You need to see these frames on 3 or more different reels. When this happens, they nudge up or down, filling the reels they appear on. A magical animation then occurs – before the symbols all change at once into a randomly selected symbol.
If you get the wizard (wild) symbols, this could trigger a huge line hit. Other symbols can cover 3+ reels or be connected by wilds.
There is one more significant symbol, which does not appear on the reels without the lucky frame feature. This shows a golden contraption with stars and moons on it – and is the bonus symbol.
To trigger the free spins, you need that special golden contraption to appear with the lucky frame feature. It is worth hitting all 5, as this gets you an incredible 88 free spins. You get 8 spins for 3 and 18 spins for 4.
There is a subtle difference to the game during the free spins, which makes a bigger difference to your results than you’d expect. This is a wild reel containing frames. This makes it much easier to trigger the nudging / revealing frames. You can retrigger for more free spins, or simply hit a big line win.
You’ll spin the Astronomical Magic pokies over a regular 5×3 grid. There is an unusual difference between the number of win-lines (30) and the credits per bet (45). The mystery is solved once you understand that this pays for the bonus features which can lead to some huge line hits.
The biggest line hits come via the wild symbols. These show the wizard. They have the potential to fill the entire grid of reels. Other high paying symbols are magical tools and contraptions. There is a golden telescope, book of spells, pendant and scales with spikey coloured gems in it. Even the most magical of pokies needs filler symbols, playing cards aces down to nines are used here.
This game is both colourful and distinctive. Around the reels you’ll catch glimpses of purple nebulae and glittering stars. The reels themselves are framed by golf pipes, with a cog-heavy mechanism visible in the background.
On the reels the wizard stands out. When this is involved in a win, a planet will rapidly spin in front of him. All the symbols are detailed, with bright golden and blue designs standing out against the red background of the reels. There are plenty of small touches, like the cosmos being reflected in the glass of the golden telescope.
Konami have used upbeat electronic jingles for the wins. I’m not entirely sure that the wizard would have approved!
Some unique game play and a beautifully produced theme make this pokie worth a spin. Lucky frames appear frequently (though will not always result in a win), keeping the base game engaging. When you do line up 3 or 4 reels of matching symbols, the big win potential is there. Add to this the ability to win up to 88 free spins, and you have a pokie which is out of this world!