Magic Portals Basic Information:
There are many pokies out there which try to give some impression that the player has been transported to a different time, or a different place. This is the basic concept of a theme come into play, but what happens when it is this magic transport which becomes the focus of the theme? Is this a Magic Portal worth entering, or is this more of a trick by Loki to steal your money and/or face? Read our review to find out…
This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Magic Portals is no exception. This game was released on the 22nd of August, 2012.
The NetEnt system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from NetEnt.
Magic Portals comes with a total of 25 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 25
- The maximum coins bet sits at 250
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 0.05
- The return to player offered by this game is 96.6%, which approaches the high end of average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with 4 different sections. These are as follows:
Enabling this option speeds up the spinning of the reels. This means that these is less time spent waiting around between the time you click spin and when the reels come to rest, speeding up the entire experience.
- Intro Screen
This option disables the intro screen from appearing the next time the player starts the game.
- Ambience sound
This option toggles the background noises from the game. While these are rather atmospheric they might be annoying for some players.
- Sound effects
This option simply toggles off all sound effects when selected.
- High, Medium and Low
The different graphics settings here serve an important purpose. The higher these are set the better the game will look, but the more demanding it will be on older or less powerful devices. Because of this players should probably set the game to medium or low when experiencing performance problems on their chosen devices.
- Spacebar to spin
This option lets the player start the spinning of the reels with a simple press of the spacebar, in addition to the regular methods.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.
The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are five different stopping scenarios to choose from here:
- On any win
- If Free Spins are won
- When a single win exceeds an entered amount
- If cash increases by an entered amount
- If cash decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Magic Portals also comes with question-mark and i help icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the i button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the i button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.
The game can also be muted by simply toggling the sound button located on the lower right of the game main screen.
There isn't a whole lot to speak of when it comes to the background of this game. While it takes definite inspiration from modern fantasy media the connect here is fairly eclectic. Expect dragons, elves, wizards and, of course, magic portals. I don't know about you but if I had a magic portal that had a chance of opening into a dragon's house I'd just keep the portal closed. Then, I'm not a world renown adventurer.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in Magic Portals comes in the form of simple wild text placed on a background of black and purple. This can substitute for all symbols except the free spins symbol. These also play into the Magic Portals Wild transformation feature.
The Magic Portals Wild feature is active when in the main game or free spins. Matching symbols on reels 1 and 5, on the middle portal level, will cause a portal to open. This portal then turns these two symbols, as well as an additional symbol directly in the middle of them, to be turned into wild symbols.
The free spins symbol in this game comes in the form of free spins text against a simple background of black and blue. When two of these appear, and both cover the portals on reels 1 and 5, then the player is given access to 10 free spins. These can be retriggered from within the free spins game.
The free spins game in Magic Portals is activated when the player gains the free spins symbols over both portal locations, in a single spin.
How to Play:
Basic play for Magic Portals is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins. From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.
Overall Design and Usability:
A quick look at this game shows that it is not particularly new. Not that this is a bad thing, as the design is still very colourful and nice to look at. While the character symbols are themselves not animated they are still well designed and bring a lot of character into the theme. This extends to the portal effects, which hold up very well, and the background itself, which is suitably dark and mysterious. The only real way in which I can fault this game, given its age, is the default green betting bar on the lower part of the game. This draws the eye from the theme, and as such stands of a bit of a let down compared to the obvious care which has been put into the rest of the game.
When it comes to usability Magic Portals does very well. As many older games do, this one includes a wife range of options. Especially useful are the graphics options, which allow players on older or less powerful devices to get in on the action. Other than this we have a very effective and reliable system. Everything here runs well, responds well and appears very stable. Great work on the usability front for this one.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Magic Portals there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
An older game, but one which does fairly well. In terms of bonus structures this game might count as a little bit of a let-down, but that is really the only major area with issue. Otherwise this game looks good, runs well and has an awful lot of character. This is not a game which will hold veteran player's attention for long periods, true. However, if you are on the lookout for a new game to play, are a fan of fantasy themes, or are limited in your game selection by older or less powerful hardware, then we can absolutely recommend this game.
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