The Wizard of Oz slot machine is one of the truly classic games to have appeared in Las Vegas. When it was launched, it was totally original and unique, with fantastic features, lots of cool bonus rounds and surround sound effects.
In Vegas, Wizard of Oz can be found in all of the big casinos and most of the smaller ones too and there are quite a few versions available. The newer favorites include the Ruby Slippers game, Wicked Riches and the 3 reel versions.
When this game was first released, it blew people away with it's unique features. It really took slot machine gaming to a whole new level with so many new and unique features, including the sound effects.
The makers of Wizard of Oz slots describe it as a ’sensory immersion gaming experience’. Now, normally that sort of thing sounds like pure marketing speak, but in the case it really described the new game very well (back when it was released)
What I really enjoyed when I first played Wizard of Oz in Vegas was the gaming chair with Bose powered surround sound system. The chair even vibrates when something big happens during the game. Now, that sort of thing is common, but back in the day, this was 100% new. It was really popular too, sometimes it was really hard to get to play the game, even at 3am in the casinos!
As you would hope, all the characters appear in the WOZ slot, including the Lion, the Scarecrow, Dorothy herself, Glinda the good witch and of course, it wouldn't be complete without the Wizard himself.
You may or may not be lucky enough to meet the Wizard when you play the game, as he is only seen when you are getting one of the "Big Wins" featured when you work your way up the Oz bonus rounds.
What is really great about this game is the sheer variety of different bonus features and the fact that all of them can give huge rewards.
For example, there is the Flying Monkey Bonus where the monkeys fly around the screen and pull out symbols which turn into Wilds. If you are lucky, this feature can continue for some time and if they start to create a lot of wilds on the screen you are virtually guaranteed to get a really big win.
The Glinda (or is it Glenda?) appears at total random. I absolutely love it when this bonus is triggered, because when she is about to appear you get a vibration in the special seat and can hear a deep, low rumbling from the Bose speakers. At the same time, the reels start to spin a bit differently, creating an eerie feeling. At that moment, you know she will appear and it is so exciting!
When Glinda appears she waves her wand at the screen and one or two of the reels turns into stacked Wilds. However, if it is your day and luck is on your side, then she can turn the entire screen into Wilds. If that happens, you hit a super big win, which I think is around 10,000 times your bet. I am still waiting for that to happen to me :)
As of yet, the Wizard of Oz slot machine is not yet available to play in the US or Canada (for free or real money). To find similar games, where you can play for free or real money please choose a real money casino to play.
You can play Wizard of Oz if you are living in the UK - to find a recommended place to play online, please see our UK online casinos list. The game is not available in Canada, but the new casinos now have similar games you can play (some of them are amazing) - take a look at the Canadian online casinos page.
There is also another version of Wizard of Oz out, called Ruby Slippers that is also excellent and has loads of great feature rounds to play. so, next time you are in the casino take a look out for it. Last time I tried to get a game on it though, there was a queue just to sit down and play!
For something a bit different made by WMS, you could also try the gigantic reels games, which include Lil Red and also Spartacus, the game based on Gladiators - these games are really cool, with their unique game play.