Another Genie themed slot from Microgaming, and after the disaster that was Genie’s Gems, we’re hoping for some, even any improvement from the legendary software house with this offering Genie Wild. An ancient Arabian ambience surrounds this practical slot, and although it’s in no way an original theme for a slot game, there is potential for greatness.
Presented over the standard 5 x 3 setup with a modest 25 paylines, this slot takes us into a luxury tent somewhere in the Arabian desert. Opulent lanterns adorn the scene, giving the background a pleasant rouge hue. Beautifully decorated cushions are cast around the backdrop, adding to the overall upmarket feel of the scene.
The little symbols that matter the most
The high paying symbols here can be found in the form of a bowl of fruit, a green gem, a chest overflowing with gold coins and a gay looking monkey. The standard playing card symbols of 9, 10, J, Q, K and A form the lower value pack.
Corny phrases such as ‘she’s a real gem’ and ‘may all your wishes come true’ appear underneath the reels as you play, a tacky touch really, and not something we think it needed. The wild comes in the form of the genie and the scatter a bottle from which said genie presumably popped.
Free spins make up a limited feature range
Free spins are not only a nice addition these days, they are kind of expected. So, thank God they decided to add them this time. Trigger free spins by three of the bottle scatter symbols across the reels, this will set you up with ten spins.
The fun doesn’t stop there though, during the bonus game the genie symbol can become an expanding wild, providing a host of opportunities for winning combinations for those that are lucky enough to have it land on their reels. Whilst this feature is in play you can’t trigger any more free spins - this slot giveth and it taketh away.
Gamble away to your luck’s content
As with all good basic slot there is a gamble feature to spice things up, and many players report this to be their favourite addition, in a guilty-pleasure kind of way. Try to double your money after each and every win, but remember that these are not for the faint hearted, or those with dwindling funds, as a loss will wipe you out. Predict whether the next playing card will be red or black for a 2x win or predict the correct suit for a 4x win.
Excitement wiase Genie Wild is not really up there, but as for doing what you expect from a slot, and doing it pretty well, this one goes the distance. The Arabic music will either delight or distract, but it does compliment the theme pretty well. Graphics wise, they’re just okay, but those free spins make this worth a punt and a few hours of anyone’s time.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring