After its first release by Quickspin parent firm Playtech, Blue Wizard was re-released by Rarestone Gaming in 2019 and upgraded with Megaways. Now that Quickspin is on board to run the show, they can reach a far larger audience.
Fans of the original slot game will either be relieved or perplexed by Quickspin’s decision to keep the gameplay mostly unchanged. The ambient music and image of a sign pointing to a wizard’s dwelling in the woods are still there. Quickspin’s user interface is used, and the animations for the reels spinning are somewhat improved over the original. The overall feel of Blue Wizard hasn’t changed much, although it has been polished up a bit. Fans of the original Blue Wizard will be happy to find that the game still has the same robust atmosphere evocative of real, land-based gameplay.
Blue Wizard is a slot machine game featuring 5 reels, 3 rows, and 30 fixed paylines. To win, you need to get at least 3 in a row of the same symbol. Theoretical returns have been relatively stable at 96.51%, although volatility has remained elevated. Although we may have ridden a lucky streak that would even out over longer time periods, our playing did give the impression that the new Blue Wizard was more balanced in terms of dishing out fewer dead spins. This Blue Wizard version is playable from 10 p/c to £/€100 per spin and is accessible on any device, but is limited to establishments that do not provide the live Rarestone version.
Here is some information on the paytable, beginning with the regular symbols. Gold and jewel-encrusted 10-A royals are the lowest-paying item, followed by books, cauldrons, and owls. The payout for a full house is between 2.5 and 6 times your wager, with the exception of scatters, which will be discussed later. On reels 2, 3, 4, or 5, the Blue Wizard appears as a Wild. When used to complete a winning combination, wild symbols might extend to cover an entire reel.
The Blue Wizard’s Reel Feature Set
When playing Blue Wizard, keep a look out for two additional unique icons. When you get three or more crystal ball symbols anywhere on the reels, you’ll be awarded with free games and the Fire Blaze Respin bonus is activated.
No Risk Turns
Scatter pays out 1x, 10x, or 50x the wager and triggers 6 free games; the embossed castle symbol. If a wild appears on the middle reel while in free spins, the win it contributes to be multiplied by 2, 4, 8, or 16 times the normal amount. While the bonus round of free spins is ongoing, more triggers are possible.
Rapid-Fire Respin Mode
When at least six crystal ball symbols appear, either during regular play or during free spins, a special feature is activated. Each crystal ball represents either a monetary value between 1 and 50 times the wager or a star symbol. Prizes of 20, 100, or 500 times the wager are revealed by the Mini, Minor, and Major jackpot symbols, respectively, when a star icon is spun.
The triggering crystal balls remain fixed in place during the duration of the feature, and three respins are given out. When there are no more respins available or when all slots are taken, the bonus round will finish. If the latter occurs, a grand reward equal to two thousand times the initial wager is given out.
Decision in the Blue Wizard Slot
Blue Wizard is a classic, thus its old visuals were probably preserved that way on design to keep the game’s grounded atmosphere. After all, it works because the visuals and audio truly simulate the experience of standing in front of a cabinet and repeatedly pressing the spin button.
Blue Wizard’s playability is strange, to say the least. There was an intangible, out-of-the-ordinary element at play here. It’s not the usual fare of the game; the visual quality is adequate without being particularly impressive, so what is it? Perhaps it’s the combination of the celebratory noises made after you win and the mesmerizing tapping sounds the reels produce when they stop spinning. Whatever it is, Blue Wizard has this special ingredient that makes it strangely soothing to play. Blue Wizard was an oddly delightful experience for some relaxed physical-style gaming on any platform, even if it wasn’t really innovative or ground-breaking.