NetEnt has a knack for finding the best themes to model its slots after. The latest slot in its repertoire, Fantasini: Master of Mystery explores the fascinating world of escape artists and illusionists. You’ll be enthralled from the very first moment, when the game’s launch music crescendos suddenly and the characters are introduced to the stage. The reels are loaded with tools of the magicians’ trade such as handcuffs, magic crystal balls, decks of cards and a chained-up chest. Once the game board is set, I couldn’t help but take my first spin.
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|Release Date||February 2016|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.6%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 243 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||25p – £125|
|Features||Wild Symbols, Linked Reels|
|Pros||Unique and exciting Linked Reels Feature|
|Cons||Free Spins are not offered, lacking of features|
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Fantasini: Master of Mystery falls into the heavyweight slots category – there are a whopping 243 ways to win! These aren’t strictly paylines, as there are extra multipliers tacked onto each win.
As usual, winning combinations are formed when three or more identical symbols line up on adjacent reels from utmost left to right. On top of that, the coin win of the winning combination is multiplied by the number of extra identical symbols on the reels.
For example, if you scored a winning combination with three handcuffs in a row, that’s 10x your wager. That 10x win will be further multiplied by the number of extra handcuff symbols that’s not part of the winning combination or positioned elsewhere on the board.
Like other NetEnt slots, you’ll manipulate your wager size using two controls: bet level (1 to 10) and coin values (1p to 50p). It’s rather confusing having to toggle both, but you’ll find that bets range from the minimum 25p to £125 per spin.
The game’s theoretical payout percentage (96.6%) is slightly higher than average, which means that you’re better off playing Fantasini than other slots in the casino room.
First off, there’s a Wild symbol (the handsome chap) that substitutes for all symbols and completes winning payline. The superstar feature is titled Linked Reels; it is triggered for every spin and is a total wallet booster. Each spin basically starts with two identical, adjacent reels that are linked together. It’s like a headstart in the race – you automatically get two out of the three matching symbols required to score a winning combination.
These linked reels can appear on any of the 5 reels. A flaming border appears as the reels are spinning to let you know which reels will be linked for that particular spin. Sometimes, extra linked reels appear at random! Instead of only hitting two partner reels, you may even be surprised with triplet, quadruplet or even quintuplet reels.
I can’t tell you how much I love the accompanying soundtrack. It’s like watching an actual magic show in a theatre, with its unexpected crescendos and cheeky beats. Visually, the game is as polished as any other NetEnt slot; in other words, the game’s aesthetics are near perfection.
The one thing that always had my attention is the chains that form the linked reels. They look absolutely stunning and magical in their vibrant gold. The artwork and animations are tastefully rendered and you can tell that they were put together using top-of-the-class graphical software.
Anyone familiar with NetEnt’s Twin Spin would recognize the Linked Reels feature. It’s one of the most well-received slot features since the conception of online slots. After all, it boosts players’ chances of completing paylines!
The game that debuted this feature, Twin Spin has remained in the Players’ Favourites lists for more than three years. It’s no wonder that NetEnt has brought back the same feature in Fantasini: Master of Mystery. As players, we’re assured of a fun and profitable slot.
It’s not an over exaggeration to say that the Fantasini: Master of Mystery slot ignites just as much suspense and wonder as magic shows on TV. The linked reels will hold any seasoned slot player’s attention.
There’s no knowing when you’ll hit the quadruplet or quintuplet linked reels (and hence, the jackpot!) I’m a little disappointed that there are no free spins to be won in this slot, but its absence is much compensated by the fabulous Linked Reels feature.
All in all, Fantasini: Master of Mystery is an excellent addition to NetEnt’s slot portfolio and you should seek it out in your next casino escapade.