Players can head to Arabia to win some wishes - and cash - with this genie-themed video slot on the Microgaming platform. 10000 Wishes is the latest release from the partnership between Microgaming and independent game developer Alchemy Gaming.
10000 Wishes is almost identical to the earlier release from this partnership, Wheel of Wishes. The symbols and desert background are the same, aside from looking like it’s a bit later in the day. The other differences are fixed jackpots for 10000 Wishes instead of the progressive wow pot featured in the previous game and a higher volatility rating.
The Aladdin and genie vibe is strong in 10000 Wishes. The background scene is really lovely, with warm pinks and golds, and it looks like the game takes place near sunset. Activating Power Mode switches the screen to nighttime, with light from the cave glowing softly in the background.
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The low pay symbols are brightly coloured card suits. The high pay symbols are a classic genie and Arabian nights symbols the genie lamp, an overflowing treasure chest, bottles filled with mysterious potions, a beautiful spellbook, and a gleaming medallion. There are also Wild symbols, which substitute for all symbols, except the scatter, and the scatter symbol is the Bonus Wheel.
The 10000 Wishes music is a jaunty middle eastern melody, and the drama really amps up when special features are activated. The developers have done a fantastic job of building tension and excitement with music during gameplay.
Players must land three scatter symbols to trigger Power Spins. Once activated, the centre of the game grid becomes a 3×3 mega symbol, and the two outside reels contain only one random high-pay symbol. This vastly increases the chances of landing a good-sized prize.
Players who are unimpressed with the base game, which awards a maximum of only 500x, and are tired of waiting for a chance to award them the three scatters can enact Power Mode to trigger permanent Power Spins, which stay activated until turned off by the player.
Players are more likely to land the Bonus Wheel in this mode, and the wins definitely occur more often. However, this increased winning comes with a hefty price tag of 25x whatever the bet was when power mode was activated.
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The Bonus Wheel feature is triggered when players land the Bonus Wheel as the mega symbol. This takes you inside the cave filled with treasure to spin the wheel and win one of the fixed jackpots. The fixed jackpot awards a mini, minor, major, or mega prize. These pay out at 25x, 75x, 500x, and 10,000x the stake, respectively. A win is guaranteed with the Bonus Wheel, and the payouts are significant.
The gameplay of 10000 Wishes is solid, and the option to play a higher stakes game by activating Power Mode is fantastic for players looking for higher stakes. The volatility in the base game is probably high enough for new players, and the simplicity of the game mechanics is also refreshing.
The Arabian nights theme is fun, and the music is enjoyable and does a good job of building a feeling of excitement. The graphics are pleasing to the eye, and the Power Spins and Bonus Wheel really add the excitement that might be missing from the base game.
10000 Wishes has enough variety and optional play to keep gamers of all calibre happy. It’s worth a look.