Yellow Brick Reels
The Wizard of Oz is one of the most well-known movies of all time, and its status as a classic isn't likely to ever change. Arrow's Edge has taken advantage of the classic status of this film to produce the Yellow Brick Reels online slot, a game that's based on the movie. This game has a ton of different characters from the story itself, and they come together in features that make sense. Overall, this title has solid gameplay, though the graphics are a bit lacking.
Layout and Betting
This game uses a pretty normal layout of five reels and three rows. The betting is set up to be based around the 25 paylines in the game, and the bet sizes start at $0.25 and go up to $250 per spin. Something that's atypical about this game is that you don't choose coin sizes or the number of coins per payline. Instead, you only choose the exact bet size per spin based on a set of pre-selected values.
They are distributed pretty evenly between the extremes, so you'll have no problem finding a bet size that works for you. However, the payouts are still based on what the coin sizes would have been, so it's basically your total bet size divided by 25. This is typical of Arrow's Edge titles.
We want to point out that the largest payout in the game is a progressive jackpot. This jackpot hovers around the low five-figure range for the most part. It can be triggered on any random spin, and it doesn't require a specific combination of symbols to win.
Dorothy is the wild symbol in this game, and she shows up on the middle three reels only. She substitutes for anything but the scatter. The cowardly lion pays out 5,000x for five of a kind, and the scarecrow pays 2,000x for the same. You can get another 2,000x payout for five of the tin man. Something worth pointing out in this game is that you can get payouts for two of a kind in any of these three symbols, and that helps the volatility of the game quite a bit.
On the low end of the payouts in this slot, you'll get 200x for five of the pink witch. You can also get a 150x payout for five of the Lollipop Guild member or five of the dog. The evil witch and the yellow brick road along with the flying monkey and house in a tornado all pay 150x. That's a total of six symbols at the low end that all pay 150x for five of a kind, and that goes to show that this game gives you reasonable payouts for five of a kind for every single symbol in the game.
Scatters and Free Spins
Instead of the Wizard of Oz, you get the Wizard of Slots in this game, and he's the scatter symbol. Two or more will get you a payout, and five gives you 100 times your total bet, which is like a 2,500x line bet payout, and that's the second-highest normal payout in the game. Three or more gives you a set of free spins.
You can win between 10 and 20 free spins with a multiplier of between 4x and 10x where your wins with the wild symbol are multiplied by this amount. That's a pretty big set of multipliers, but they're only for winning combinations created with a wild symbol. This arrangement adds to the volatility of the game a bit, but that's fine since it also gives you an opportunity to win prizes worth up to 50,000x if you get five of the cowardly lion with the 10x multiplier.
The Yellow Brick Reels slot is a good example of a game that is based on a movie without blatantly copying every single graphic and aspect of it. The free spins feature is made in a way that gives players chances for some incredible value, and it's cool to see so many characters, even minor characters like the Lollipop Guild members, show up on the reels. Overall, this is a game that could do much better with improved graphics, but the gameplay is excellent, and slots fans will get a lot of play out of it.