The term witch has a dark past. There is no denying it. Today, however, people who call themselves witches are generally that weird lady down the street who wears tie-dyed Hammer pants and thinks burning sage is the answer to all your problems. I don’t like to brag, but we’ve come a long way as a society on that front. We’ve gotta take the wins where we can find them.
Wins are brewing
Witchy POPpins slot features five reels and up to 32,768 ways to win. The slot has five low-paying symbols represented by the standard five playing card symbols and six high-paying symbols, which are represented by six spectacularly illustrated witch character portraits. Each of the witch characters has its own color and personality, with the red witch paying the highest amounts. The slot also has a wild symbol that can only appear on reels two, three, and four and a bonus scatter symbol that can only appear on reels one, two, and three.
The slot’s basic gameplay is punctuated by PopWins. The feature is simply what AvatarUX calls cascading reels, which remove symbols involved in winning combinations, allowing new symbols to fall into the empty spaces. This gives you multiple chances to win on every spin. PopWins do, however, have a twist on the classic cascading win feature.
Instead of new symbols symbol falling into the empty spots, the symbols that disappear pop to reveal two additional symbols, increasing the number of rows by one. This, in turn, increases the number of ways to win. During base gameplay, the reels reset after each spin. However, during free spins, they’ll maintain the new row count until the conclusion of your round.
Nudges are an interesting extra bonus that can be triggered randomly on any spin. The feature will nudge a reel either up or down to complete or improve a winning combination.
The slot’s round of free spins is triggered with three or more bonus scatter symbols. During free spins, you’ll have a chance to build a global multiplier amount. Multiplier amounts can appear on reels on any spin during free spins, and when they do, they are applied to the global multiplier. The global multiplier is applied to any winning combination. However, the multiplier is applied to the winning combination before a multiplier that appears on the same spin is added to the global multiplier.
If you’re not keen on waiting around for the coven to convene, you can select to purchase a round of the slot’s free spins feature. The Witch POPpins buy bonus feature offers a large number of options for you to choose from.
Is Witchy POPins slot brewing magic?
Witchy POPpins slot has high volatility, which means that you’ll be trading small, consistent wins for rare big wins. Luckily, thanks to the 20,000x max multiplier, those wins will be sufficiently large to justify the investment. The multiplier means that you can win up to €4,000 even when you’re betting at the €0.20 a spin minimum. If you decide to bet at the €10 a spin maximum, you’ll stand to win up to €200,000. The slot has an RTP of 96%.
AvatarUX has really impressed me recently. Donkey and the GOATS, which the company released in October, has quickly become one of my favorite slots of all time. The witch theme was a risk. It’s been done so many times before, making it a difficult genre to stand out in. I’m not sure that Witchy POPpins slot actually manages to stand head and shoulders above the crowd, but it is definitely one of the better slots to utilize the theme. The graphics are absolutely fantastic, but I do wish they had done more with the really fun witch illustrations. They feel a little wasted only being utilized for static symbols. It would have been great if there was an expanding symbol animation, giving the witches a little more personality. The slot’s bonus features are numerous and generally well-executed.
Witchy POPpins slot was definitely on its way to a solid nine out of ten. However, the high volatility and the well-worn theme does dampen the score slightly. As a result, Witchy POPpins gets an eight out of ten, which is still a solid score.