Intro: Game Theme
Magic has always been a fascinating topic for people. A way to transcend the limitations of reality and explain the unexplainable! Still, those who possessed such arcane knowledge jealously guarded it. They wrote down their secrets in tomes. Today, we managed to get our hands on NetEnt’s spell book, titled Golden Grimoire! This 2019 release promises some exciting special features and frequent wins, thanks to its low to medium variance.
The visual side of this slot is fantastic. We see a beautiful, starry sky outside of the massive window. If you pay attention, you may even catch a shooting star zooming past! At both the top and bottom parts of the reels, you will see a magical portal. The spell is maintained using candles, which gently flutter along with the spell. All these animations are jaw-droopingly good, but we would expect nothing less from this developer! These minor animations also extend to symbols. All of them slowly float up and down while on the reels, further immersing you in the concept of magic. Hats off to the software provider, they have truly outdone themselves on this front.
- RTP: 96,44%
- Betting Range: £0.20 – £400.00
- Max Win: £80,000
- Similar Slots: Immortal Romance, Legacy of the Gods Megaways, Narcos
How it Works
You play this game on a five-reel board with 40 fixed paylines. That means the number of active winlines cannot be changed! If you want to change your bet, you have to adjust your bet level and coin values instead. Cash prizes are awarded for matching three or more identical icons next to one another. All winning combinations must start with the leftmost reel and follow an active payline. The control panel is elegant and works quite well with the magical theme. The colour scheme fits in perfectly! Using the UI, you can set up Auto Play, spin the reels, look at the paytable and change your total bet. You can wager between £0.20 and £400 on each spin.
Symbol designs are something we are a bit torn on. The magical influence for all available icons is impossible to deny. At the same time, there is no getting away some of these symbols are just playing card suits. Not to worry, there are other icons! Medium value symbols are four magical crystals, each one using a different colour. A different golden animal clings to each one, which helps them mesh with the theme even better! A red book is the mystery icon. A golden skull is a Wild, while the keyhole triangle serves as a Scatter.
Mystery books can only appear on reels three, four and five during normal gameplay. When they land, a random symbol is selected. All mystery icons will then transform into that symbol! Furthermore, if the mystery symbol matches the icon currently occupying the leftmost reel, all symbols in that row will transform. Much better than just the mystery spell book transforming.
While Wilds exist, they cannot appear by themselves. Instead, they are created using icon transformation through Mystery symbols. If mystery icons transform into a Wild, then all symbols between the leftmost icon and the mystery symbol will be changed into a Wild. This is a result of the Wild not occurring naturally, and is NetEnt’s way of helping it spread on the reels.
Land three Scatters on reels one, three and five to win eight free spins. During free spins, the mystery book symbol now appears on the second reel. Furthermore, all mystery icons that land on the reels will be locked in place as long as the free spins last! This creates incredible winning potential, but comes at a cost. Namely, you cannot retrigger this bonus. As a result, you had better hope Lady Luck comes to help you out if you manage to activate this special feature. Without her help, you will not be able to get the maximum payout for Golden Grimoire.
Fans of big wins probably will not be too fond of this release. This is a low-medium variance slot with regular, low-value wins. The maximum prize you can win is worth 200x your total bet. Fans of these low volatility games are in for a treat! Combine frequent bonus activations with beautiful graphics, and you have a title that can keep you occupied for hours. Even if Golden Grimoire is not what you usually enjoy, we advise trying it regardless. The mystery symbol special features are unique. We feel everyone should try this bonus out at least once!