Graphics - 75%
Gameplay - 71%
Bonuses - 53%
Value - 69%
Whats not so hot?
5 Wishes slot from RealTime Gaming features 25 paylines, 5 reels, and 3 rows. The theme of the online slot is all about Aladdin and the magic lamp.
The Middle Eastern storyline remains a favorite with slot players the world over. Hence the reason why online casino software providers like RealTime Gaming keep on releasing them.
Nothing about the theme is novel what’s important though is what the 5 Wishes slot offers you. Let’s start with the jackpot of 5,000x your stake.
US slot players that play for the maximum wager of $25 can win as much as $125,000. It’s not the biggest jackpot but it’s perfect for casual players and medium rollers.
Players that want to play for low stakes can do so for $0.25 per spin. The game art of the 5 Wishes slot is not the best we’ve seen from RTG. Anyhow, we’re not here to contest the graphics of the game.
As we head on into the more important stuff the slot has a Free Spins feature with Genie Wilds.
RealTime Gaming further sweetens the pot with two random progressive jackpots of $500 and $1,000 respectively.
The jackpots aren’t much and it’s safe to say that all the action occurs in the Free Spins.
5 Wishes slot has an RTP or theoretical return percentage of around 95%. Note, it is a progressive jackpot slots so expect the RTP to drop a bit.
Further, the hit frequency of the online slot should be in the region of 10% to 15%. Therefore, expect a payout on every 7 to 10 spins.
The hit frequency of 5 Wishes slot also puts it into the high variance category. If you play the slots for real money online play it with a large bankroll.
The symbols that land on the reels of 5 Wishes have that cartoonlike appearance. They elevate the game art to the next level which makes the slot more appealing.
You’ll see the genie, Aladdin, Jasmine, the monkey, and the palace. When the Genie Wild appears on the reels it replaces symbols adjacent to it except the scatter.
Talking of which, the Magic Lamp is the Scatter. The scatter is an important symbol because a bunch of them launch the Free Spins feature.
You’ll trigger the Free Spins feature of 5 Wishes slot when 3, 4, or 5 bonus lamp symbols pitch. They award anything from 10 to an amazing 100 free spins!
The number of free spins you’ll receive is proportionate to the scatters. Better still, you can retrigger the free spins feature when another 3 or more scatters land.
When we turn our slot’s gaze toward the genie wild it’s a lucrative symbol. The Genie Wild can land on any random free spins for the big wins.
Note that the Genie Wild only appears on the first reel. Admittedly, that spoils the fun a bit.
However, when the genie wild appears in a winning combination it doubles all cash prizes. It combines with Aladdin, Jasmine, or that pesky little monkey.
The 5 Wishes slot looks more fun on paper than it is in reality. The slot offered us a bunch of winning spins in the base game but most of them were worthless.
Hard as we tried we could not trigger the free spins feature most probably due to the volatility. Shortly after losing $50 we played the slot with free credits.
It’s like putting the cart before the horse it should have been the way around. We finally triggered the free spins feature after 150 spins.
The payout we received from our 10 free spins was ‘meh’. Had we played the slot with free credits first we would not have played it for real money.
That’s 50 bucks down the tube. Needless to say, we learned a valuable lesson.
5 Wishes is not the best online slot that came off RTG’s production line. We’re not slating the slot because we lost a grand $50.
We’ll just let the stats speak for themselves. The free spins feature with those genie wilds doubles all payouts look great. Not to mention the addition of the two progressive jackpots.
However, that’s where the fun part stops. The RTP version we played with is in all probability lower than 95%.
It takes ages to trigger the free spins feature. And, when we finally triggered it we received a payout of 25x. Just a pity the free spins feature does not have any progressive multipliers.
Another gripe we have with 5 Wishes slot is that the genie wild only appears on the first reel. It takes the shine off the bonus round, so to speak. Then again the jackpot of 5,000x is not too bad.
As a parting shot, our adventure with 5 Wishes was one frustrating slog. Instead of the aesthetics of the slot pulling us deeper into it, it pushed us away.
An online slot from RTG that actually pops is Vegas XL. You can spin your way to riches with Respins, Free Spins, and Pick’em Jackpot Feature.