Magic Money Maze
Go for glory under the wings of some of the most powerful American Presidents’ in this Magic Money Maze pokie from Pragmatic Play and their partner studio Reel Kingdom. Played on a 5×3 grid, this pokie boasts a maximum potential win of 10,000x the bet and is stacked with interesting rewards in both the base game and the thrilling (and original) bonus game. Three or more bonus symbols will activate the feature, which will make you roll a dice and move around the board in clockwise direction. There are random money rewards of up to 1,000x to be found in this phase of the game, and this highly volatile pokie also has a very decent RTP percentage well above the industry standard. Whether this game is worth your time and money? You’ll find out in this Magic Money Maze review.
Magic Money Maze Review
We were one of the lucky ones who got to play a demo version of Magic Money Maze for the New Zealand pokie market. As we already knew that American presidents like Abraham Lincoln and George Washington play an important role in this game, we had quite some expectations. In addition, there is an interesting bonus game in the form of a board game. At first glance Magic Money Maze seems like a very interesting game, but we’re hoping we’ll have the same opinion after the review is done. Read on to find out.
Nice to know
|Launched||25 July 2022|
|RTP||96.61%, 95.51%, 94.53%|
|Features||Buy Feature, Expanding Wilds, Free Spins, Multiplier, Scatter Symbols, Wild|
|Theme||United States, Money, Presidents|
Magic Money Maze
If you don’t feel uncomfortable being entertained by some of the world’s most powerful former presidents, then you may want to check out this Reel Kingdom pokie, produced in partnership with one of the leading providers, Pragmatic Play. A quartet of the most powerful men in the world will try to help you to get to the major wins during the Money Maze board game feature. This makes it a rather unique game as you don’t come across bonus games in online casinos as original as this one. The bonus game looks like a board game, like the ones played at the kitchen table. It is possible to first practice for free on the Magic Money Maze pokie, which can be done on a desktop, smartphone, or a tablet.
How to Play
Although most players will be familiar with board games, here is how to get started in the Magic Money Maze pokie by Pragmatic Play.
- Go for the coin stack to set your bet. This also gives you the option to choose your total bet or stake per line.
- Tick down the central spin button if you want to play in the Turbo Spin mode.
- The three-bar button opens the settings. This is also where you can find the controls for sounds and the auto spin button.
- The easy to recognise ‘i’ tab opens the paytable. This alters conveniently according to how much you want to bet.
The game theme in the Magic Money Maze pokie game is clearly just as much about money as it is about the president with a central role for Lincoln, Hamilton, Franklin and Washington. The game design is very straightforward with no special features to point out when it comes to where the reels are set. You won’t find an exciting background here, nor are the other graphics in the game very noticeable. There are coins and notes found around the reels and the symbols are big and bold. It is still classy without being flashy.
As for the soundtrack, you might want to think of going for the mute button as it’s quite short and therefore a bit repetitive, with a constant noise of a xylophone — at least until you get to what it’s all about: the bonus feature. Once you make it to the bonus game things will improve a lot with fast country music. If you listen carefully you might just recognise bits of the US National Anthem when you land one of the leading figures on your screen.
On the reels there are some of the usual A-10 Royals which clearly make up the low value symbols. These are joined by the four important faces of which Lincoln is the most valuable symbol, leading to payouts of 0.5, 5, 20 or 200x your stake up to 5 of a kind. Magic Money Maze doesn’t give us a wild symbol, but the bonus and money symbol will make sure you’ll still sit on the edge of your chair. The Bonus symbol triggers the main feature, whereas the Money symbol comes with a random value. The money symbol can appear as a reward in the bonus feature, but you can also land a monetary win by landing 5 consecutive symbols in the base game.
|Symbol||Payout for 3||Payout for 4||Payout for 5|
|Bonus||Substitutes All Symbols, Except Money symbols + 3 Pays 50x|
|Money||Appears on Middle Reel + Adds Random Value From 1x to 20x|
From a game with a name as promising as Magic Money Maze, the number of features may be a bit disappointing, but don’t be fooled by the numbers. The features of this pokie are completely focused on the board game.
Magic Money Maze Board Bonus Feature
When you land three or more bonus symbols, you earn access to the Magic Money Maze Board Bonus feature. This is a board game that you activate by spinning enough of the bonus symbols of the Magic Money Maze logo. The number of lives with which you start the bonus round depends on the number of symbols with which you activate the feature:
- 3 bonus symbols gives you 1 extra life.
- 4 bonus symbols give you 2 extra lives.
- 5 bonus symbols give you 3 extra lives.
The bonus is played on a square game board with 49 squares. Rolling the dice will move your token clockwise around the board. In addition to empty squares, you can land on the following options:
- Cash: gives you a prize of 0.1 to 1000x your stake.
- Arrows: moves the player in the indicated direction.
- Scorpio: you lose a life.
- Snake: you lose a life as well.
- Heart: you get an extra life.
- President: by collecting presidents, you build up a multiplier. Two presidents provide a x2 multiplier for this round’s winnings. Three presidents add a x3 multiplier and 4 presidents give you a x10 multiplier.
When you reach the centre of the game board, the values of the cash symbols are doubled. The second time this happens, the values are increased with x3, then x4, x5 and x10. This is how you move around the board until you eventually lose all your lives. The collected amount is then paid out after which you’ll head back to the base game.
The Magic Money Maze poker is played on a standard playfield of 5 reels and 3 rows with 10 fixed paylines. Symbols pay from left to right on selected paylines, beginning from reel 1, with only the highest win paid per line. Stakes range from a low of $0.25 up to a max of $250 per spin, so this is definitely a game that meets all types of bankrolls.
The Magic Money Maze RTP is set at a very convenient 96.61%, which is well above the 96% industry average. Something to point out is the volatility as it’s extremely high and about 5 out of 5. This basically means that this Pragmatic Play pokie will pay out less often but the chance to make massive wins is still higher than a pokie with lower volatility.
The maximum win in this online pokie is 10,000x your bet, which is very decent, even when you compare it to a lot of other games on the market today. Your best chance of getting to this maximum number clearly comes in the bonus feature.
We’ve seen the board game twist in other titles brought to the market by Reel Kingdom, and we find it a refreshing touch, but it’s probably a personal thing whether you like this or not. The base game in Magic Money Maze led to heaps of dead spins during our review, but we were glad to see that larger cash symbol payouts are likely with 5 of a kind combination. The retro presentation was a very nice twist and this holds true for the theme as well. Even if you don’t like the setting of a board game, the bonus round in Magic Money Maze can go on for a good while and with a bit of luck you can make it up to the 10,000x potential max, but you’ll probably need a decent multiplier to seal the deal.