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Witchcraft Academy is a 5x4 slot with 20 fixed paylines, offering an interesting Elements Bonus, which can offer a wide variety of prizes worthy of a good special feature. Of course, to unlock these secrets, you’ll have to sneak into the forbidden region of the academy.. and you’ll need to collect three Scatters to find your way forward.
While Tolkien has undoubtedly cemented the modern understanding most of us have regarding fantasy in books, movies and video games, his works have since faded away, which is only natural, given time. Nowadays, mention magic or sorcery, and people are much more likely to think of Harry Potter.. which, coincidentally, this NetEnt slot happens to look a lot like!
The user interface is rather standard fare when it comes to NetEnt, but we can’t say that we don’t love the visuals. Graphics are the company’s forte, and we can’t recall the last NetEnt title we reviewed that we didn’t enjoy the offered feast for our eyes. The backdrop of a book-heavy library is certainly tempting, but if we’re perfectly honest, the biggest prize we’d like to take from that academy is the enchanted broomstick floating in the backdrop that can clean everything without our intervention.
All the symbols within the game are completely unique. Since it’s a magical school, there’s obviously potions! Four of them, each with their own colour, and poured in a vial that just so happens to look like card suits – a heart, a spade, a club and and a diamond. On top of that, you have an owl and a dragon, the familiars of our two heroes, Efora and Earthan, who make up the last two regular symbols on the playing field.
Once you collect three Scatter symbols during the base game, you are taken to an alternate playing field in which you choose either Efora or Earthan to cast their Elemental Shots at random columns. When that shot hits an Armour Guard, it explodes, hitting all symbols adjacent to it horizontally or vertically, but not both. Collecting three Scatters during this bonus then leads to regular free spins. You only start with five extra turns, but collecting between two to five Scatters during the free spins can reward between five to twenty extra turns.
While we understand the desire to step away from the regular and to try new things, this time around, NetEnt’s feature doesn’t quite manage to be the hit it needs to be. The Elemental Shots have good prizes in them, and chaining them into a lucrative free spins round can certainly be awesome to watch, but you won’t be able to achieve that most of the time, and it will feel like you were gimped by one or two Scatters. A bit less Scatter collecting, and they might have something quite fun on their hands.
What we get is a medium to high volatility title from NetEnt with a 96.38% RTP. NetEnt’s visuals are top notch, the gameplay could stand to get a little bit more action in it, and winning potential of the special features is great.. if you can last long enough to get to it. But if you’re the patient sort, then you might want to consider enrolling in this academy, and learn the magic of winning slots.