The Wish Master

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The Wish Master is something like a classic-style slot game produced by NetEntertainment, one of my favorite online slot game designers. Don’t expect the same fancy graphics and bonus games found on other NetEnt titles – this is a twenty payline, five-reel game with little in the way of bells and whistles. But that’s not always a bad thing – I happen to like classic-style games like this, especially to wind down on my long train commute from work.

The symbols used in the game are built around the magic genie theme, and the top fixed prize is a full 900,000 coins. It may seem like a simple game (and it can be), but the available jackpots make it a title worth looking at, especially if you’re a small spender like me.

The Wish Master

  • Software:
    NetEnt
  • Type:
    Video Slot
  • Reels:
    5
  • Paylines:
    20
  • Coins Range:
    $0.20 to $100
  • Jackpot:
    No
  • Bonus Round:
    Yes
  • Free Spins/Multiplier Better:
    No

Available Stakes

All twenty paylines must be activated per spin – the player has no choice there. Choice comes in the form of a bet multiplier between 1 and 10. Minimum wager size is 20 coins, maximum is 200. The denominations available should be familiar to any NetEnt fan: $0.01, $0.02, $0.05, $0.10, $0.20, and $0.50. Total cost per spin? That depends on each player’s preference, but it ranges from $0.20 to $100. It’d be nice if a low-end wager around a dime per spin were available, but there’s plenty of variety in between to justify the whole twenty forced payline bet thing.

Payout Percentage

The best information I could find online says this game’s theoretical payout percentage is 96.6%.  My advice – take that number with a grain of salt. NetEnt (and very few game designers, actually) list the real payout percentages of their games, and many of them allow casinos to adjust these numbers as they please.

For the sake of argument, let’s assume the real number is 96%. At 600 spins an hour at $0.20 per spin, I’ll have spent $120 and should expect to lose just $4.80. Of course, that figure doesn’t take jackpots into account. And think of it this way – $5 an hour isn’t bad at all for entertainment. I spend four times that much at the movies, and there’s no way my local cinema is going to pay me any kind of jackpot.

Jackpots

The top fixed prize in the game is worth 750 coins, and comes from arranging a row of five hooded snake symbols. The other fixed prizes decrease in units of 200 or so. The real money to be made on this game, jackpot-wise, comes from the details below.

Bonus Games

While only one true bonus game exists for this title, other exciting symbols make time at The Wish Master more lucrative. Here’s a look at them:

Scatter symbols – During the main game, a symbol that looks like parchment paper lit up by a genie’s lamp activates the Wish Master feature described in detail below.

Expanding wilds – Just like wild symbols that can expand themselves to take up more spaces on the reels (and thus reward more winnings.)

Wish Master Feature

During this game, the genie comes out of the lamp and randomly awards a special symbol (extra wilds, expanding wilds, random wilds, scatters, and multipliers) to a pile of treasures the player can win based on the way they spin during the bonus. This bonus game is what most The Wish Master players are chasing, and it can reward as many as 900,000 coins, or $450,000 at the top coin size.

Mobile Version

The Wish Master is a pretty simple game, but it has a fun bonus round and an easy-to-play interface. That makes it perfect for mobile. The screen fits well on the displays for my smart phone and my tablet.

Overall

The Wish Master is a simple game. Don’t come to this game expecting bonus rounds and side bets and fancy progressive prizes. If you are looking to kill a little time at a low-risk game and you enjoy NetEnt slot games, The Wish Master is a nice choice. You may not get rich, but you’ll have a nice time chasing that proverbial genie.

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