We honestly believe the games developers at Microgaming hit a brick wall in 2012 when they fabricated their Magic Charms Pokies. Its theme isn’t really clear. On the surface, it embodies a classic fairy tale, but it also resembles a delicious box of Lucky Charms cereal.
In reality, Magic Charms Pokies is a spin on the classic fairy tale of the Frog Prince and the Princess, evident by the fact that two symbols, a crowned frog and a princess, both represent wilds in the game. But the thematic trail ends there with rainbows leading to pots of gold, treasure chests, roses, rings and magic wands in the mix.
A quick glance at the pay table reveals quite a lot of ‘special’ symbols and corresponding features. We pokies fans love a wide range of features, and this game certainly seems to have that. We’ll take a look at just how rewarding they can be in the following Magic Charms Pokies Review.
Magic Charms Pokies Review
Microgaming’s ‘243 Ways to Win‘ kick was in full swing in 2012 when it released this new 5 reel poker machine. With the paylines fixed, players can wager anywhere from $0.25 to $50 per spin.
The symbols include the frog prince, princess, magic wand, treasure chest, key, diamond ring, pot of gold, rose, and Microgaming’s favorite numeric values of A thru 9. That may seem like an awful lot of icons, but five of them are special symbols attached to specific features.
The Frog Prince Wild appear only on reel 2. Likewise, the Princess Wild can only show up on reel 4. Both are basic wild symbols, taking the place of all other images in the game, except wilds and bonus symbols.
Magic Charms Pokies’ most lucrative feature is activated when the Frog Prince and Princess both appear on their reels during the same spin. This triggers 3 Free Spins. As low as that number sounds, there is one huge perk involved. The Frog Prince and Princess each become Expanding Wilds, covering their respective reels throughout all of the free spin games.
The Magic Wand Wild only lands on reel 3, but it when does, it appears as a Stacked Wild, covering the entire reel and doubling the payout of all winning combinations it’s involved in with a 2x Multiplier.
There are two bonus symbols in the game, the Treasure Chest Bonus and the Key Bonus. The treasure chest can only appear on reel 1, while the key falls only on reel 5, and they work in conjunction. The chest and key must both appear on the reels in a single spin to trigger an instant bonus payout.
Magic Charms Pokies Review – Mixed Theme, Mixed Feelings
As much as pokies fans enjoy a multitude of features packed into a single game, I feel Magic Charms Pokies leaves a lot to be desired. Most of the bonus features pay very little considering how rarely they strike.
The only feature that has the potential to pay huge dividends is the free spins, but since you only get 3 of them, there’s every chance they’ll be a dud. Like the oddly mixed theme here, I have mixed feelings about the profitability of Magic Charms Pokies.
I’ve only played the game about four or five times, and only once did I finish with a profit. And that was only because I hit the free spins early on, built my bankroll to about $15 more than I started with, then took the money and ran!