The graphics and animations of Alkemor’s Tower, a fantastic 3D visual jackpot from BetSoft, will definitely leave you spellbound, if not quite richer as well. The eponymous Alkemor is an alchemist cum magi cum mischief-maker cum the best friend you may ever have. He invites you to his tower of wizardry and throws spells after spells at you – some malignant, some benign. It is up to you to collect the blessings and destroy the evil. You have the natural elements on your side – fire, earth, air, and water.
Alkemor is a cranky old sorcerer who applauds when you win, but makes no real effort to appear in winning combinations across the five reels and three rows of this BetSoft game. Incidentally, this slot went a long way in establishing the developer as an expert in 3D slots. Released in November 2015, this slot is full of different spell books, magic ingredients, and the natural elements, all of which combine to create an atmosphere of an animated film rather than a video slot.
There are no conventional wilds in this game, which may seem like a drawback. However, there are six types of scatters that are responsible for activating the bonus games. There are four elemental features integral to Alkemor’s Tower: water, fire, earth, and sky. Each of these come packed in a vial and can give you some astonishing payouts. They also provide the only wilds of the game, which can actually tame the RTP of Alkemor’s Tower. There are two different free spins rounds in this slot.
Alkemor’s Castle gives you a theoretical return to player percentage of 95. After playing the slot for some time, we can safely assign the game to the mid-to-high variance range. The base game can be pretty draughty, and the winning combinations in the base game do not have enough multipliers to make it very inspiring, despite the 243 ways to win. The betting window is quite wide open at $0.20 to $150.00. High rollers should wait and watch to see how the base game progresses before raising the stakes.
The symbols themselves have pretty neat values attached to them, provided you get them to land in tandem from reel 1 onwards. The scales pay 15 coins for 3 of a kind, three magic scrolls pay out 25 coins for landing on reels 1, 2, and 3. The mushrooms, very popular in magic potions, pay 50 coins for appearing on the first 3 reels.
The higher paying symbols are the bag of precious stones. They pay 375 coins for landing on all 5 reels. The other high-value symbols are the sapphire rings, the god coins and the green crystals. Alkemor is the most valuable icon of the game, and can pay a good 1,750 coins for making an appearance on all five reels.
Of course, it helps that all the symbols can also appear in stacks when they want to. The highest win you can get from Alkemor the sorcerer is $17,500.
You need to get two books of spells on the first two reels and the vial containing one of the four elements – fire, earth, water or sky to trigger these bonus features. Here is how each elemental feature plays out:
Water: Some of the rows on reels get engulfed with water and the symbols on reels 2-4 turn into wilds. The spell book on the first reel becomes a random symbol. Good luck with the winning combinations now formed, and the recalculated payouts!
Earth: Alkemor summons meteors that destroy some of the rows on the reels. The spell books and symbols on reels 2 to 4 become wilds. Other symbols are replaced by new magic icons. If it’s your lucky day, the winning combinations can be wildly rewarding.
Air: This time, the wily sorcerer creates a tornado to wreak havoc on reels 2 to 4 again become wilds. Yeah, it can get quite predictable once you reach this stage. But what the heck, it’s profitable as long as the symbols and the wilds line up in your favor.
Fire: The activating symbols on the reels are engulfed in flames. The spell book and the elemental symbol are transformed into wilds once again. One difference is that if the spell book reappears on the first reel, it turns all the other symbols on those rows into wilds. This can result in some scorching win combinations.
There are two types of free spins rounds in Alkemor’s Tower. The Nature Floor free spins are triggered when you get two regular spell books and a third entangled up in vines anywhere across the reels. This is also called the Arcane Observatory round.
The Celestial Floor free spins feature, also called the Magical Conservatory round, is triggered when you get two regular spell books and a third bound in elaborate style. You get 10, 12, or 15 free spins, depending on how many spell books trigger the bonus round.
Nature Floor Free Spins: The Arcane Observatory round transforms the triggering spell books into black holes. Also, new symbols replace the existing ones. The black holes will devour adjacent symbols. Each symbol devoured can give you astronomical cash prizes.
Celestial Floor Free Spins: The Magical Conservatory round plays out in much the same way as the Arcane Observatory game. Except that on the Celestial Floor, the spell book binding vines are what engulf adjacent symbols with pretty much substantial cash prizes.
Go-getters and multi-taskers can very well play this magical game while on the move. The game’s software is fully compatible with mobile operating platforms like Windows Phone, Android, iOS, and Blackberry, etc. Hence, the game can be played on all smartphones and Apple devices that run on these platforms. Of course, you’ll need a stable internet connection wherever you’re playing from to enjoy a smooth and uninterrupted gaming experience.
Although it can take some time to trigger one of the bonus features, the graphics and the magical narrative make Alkemor’s Tower worth playing long enough to assess the performance of your bankroll. By all means enjoy the game as long as it pays off. After all, once you’ve played the theme, the magic is all about the money. If the magic potions fail to cast a spell on you, the amazing 3D graphics certainly will keep you at the reels much longer than you may expect.