Genie's Touch – Intro
A new slot from Quickspin landed at casinos yesterday and we're quick to get it reviewed for multiple reasons. Powered by Microgaming, Quickspin are known for their mobile slots that have higher than usual return to player percentages and Genie's Touch is no different. Plus, it has the Genie's Touch Feature and Extra Spins that can be triggered, making it an entertaining, Arabic themed mobile slot.
About The Slot
A sleek looking Genie, golden lamps, bearded men… Starting to sound familiar? Well, that's probably because the storyline of this slot will be familiar to many. Let's call it Aladdin'esque for copyright infringement reasons. It is quite clear that Quickspin couldn't be bothered to licence the game, but have tried to develop yet another ‘Genie in ancient Arabia' themed slot that's reminiscent of the original. Yet it has got a nice return to player percentage and some catchy features too, which all could spell out l-u-c-r-a-t-i-v-e, so let's have a look.
Quickspin's Rise To Fame
Quickspin is a great software development company hailing from Sweden. Yes, the same Sweden that the giant NetEnt was established in and funnily enough, many of Quickspin's staff have jumped ships leaving NetEnt to work for a smaller company instead.
That said, some of the influences of NetEnt are more than obvious: the graphics and the sounds are developed to high precision and extreme attention to detail is paid. But don't get us wrong – we aren't crediting NetEnt for the fact that the mobile slots of Quickspin look and play gorgeous. Quickspin can stand its own ground in the industry and can punch heavily too. Just look at games such as the mighty Razortooth with 243 ways to win!
And Genie's Touch mobile slot is no different in terms of the excitement it can bring to your bank balance, as the return to player percentage it offers is a high 96.90%. This is pretty much as high as the RTP percentages go in the industry and we applaud Quickspin for not only creating a game that has the looks and a gameplay experience that's top notch, but also have kept it's profitability for players as a priority.
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Genie In The Bottle
Quickspin seem to love Arabic themes, as the Sinbad slot is also part of their portfolio, but this time, its' gone with the sea faring adventurers and in with the magical wish granting Genie! Yes, the theme isn't exactly unique – far from it – but we love the aforementioned attention to detail that Quickspin have paid to the game. Every nook and cranny of this game is polished to perfection.
The mobile slot is based on ancient Persia (or so we think) and you can see the golden pointy domes and a beautiful, star-lit night in the background, all of which add to the authenticity of the game. The symbols themselves look great, we'd argue even better than the original Disney's Aladdin characters and the animations are pleasant and non-intrusive.
The entire gameplay experience is sort of ethereal and hushed – it's magic Genies after all! So if you are seeking that kind of experience, you'll be delighted. The five reels are filled with gems, wizards and Genie's lamps and you can bet anywhere from 20p a go to £100, hoping to trigger the biggest wins when you see the Genie's symbols light up your screen. Twenty paylines is industry standard, thus making the game mechanics easy to understand.
Game Features: Trifecta of Features
Keeping things short, sweet and simple is the best marketing mantra. So instead of overloading Genie's Touch with loads and loads of complicated features (leave that to IGT's Family Guy and NetEnt's Guns N Roses), there are three features that are part of this game.
Genie's Magic Wish-Granting Lamp
If you wonder where the real big wins are hiding on this slot, then wonder no more! It's the Genie's Touch Feature that you can trigger by getting three or more of the Lamp symbols. Once activated, a pretty awesome graphic of the magical Genie popping out will take place. Her job is to replace the symbols which are adjacent to the Lamp symbols to the same ones, which automatically grants multiple wins across all 20 paylines.
We don't know how the random selection works or who selects which symbol to replace the adjacent ones into, but who cares? One thing is for certain though – when you trigger the feature, the choice will be made in your favour and a symbol that yields the highest wins will be chosen. Yet, as long as you get those winning combinations that can be made up of the randomly switched symbols, it's all that matters. You could easily walk away with a win that's up to 350 times your wager. Now that's where the real money is at!
Wilds and Extra Spins
Quite standard features to find in all of the mobile slots that are being released nowadays, there are Wilds and Extra Spins on Genie's Touch. First, Wilds will substitute for every other symbol in the game, except for the Bonus symbol of course. This could yield some great wins and don't forget that Wilds in themselves can bring you wins too that will depend on what your wager size is.
Second, there are the Extra Spins which you can trigger by getting at least three Bonus symbols on the reels. You are then awarded 10 Extra Spins to try your luck with and more Extra Spins can be re-triggered. Plus, during the Extra Spins mode, you get more Lamp symbols added to the reels which can bring you ever-bigger wins. Good stuff!