The Potion Commotion slot, an online video slot game from NextGen Gaming with five reels and 20 paylines, was created with fans of the arcane art of alchemy in mind. In a cellar dimly lit by candles, surrounded by books and intricate glassware filled with colourful liquids, the Potion Commotion slot reels hang in an ornately carved wooden frame against the rough-stone wall.
There are no human characters or animal caricatures: the player is the alchemist, with all attention focused on the magic prizes they can mix up.
The reels are invisible and all the symbols are contained in crystal potion bottles of various shapes, so they stand out effectively against the dark background. An interesting soundtrack, both other-wordly and intense, builds tension effectively. The Potion Commotion slot allows players to bet on any number of paylines from 1 to 20, and they can wager between 1 and 200 coins per line in a series of bet levels.
All Symbols are Bottles, Flasks or Vials
In a cheeky departure from the slots standard, the Potion Commotion slot does not use the top-ranking poker cards common in so many other slots at this website. Instead, it uses the card suits Spades, Clubs, Diamonds and Hearts, and in another twist, these are the top-value payline symbols rather than the lowest. Each is illustrated as a solid 3D jewels, floating in a potion inside sparkling crystal flasks. Spades and Clubs win equal-value prizes for three matches or better, but the Diamonds and Hearts start triggering prizes for two or more of a kind.
The top payline prizes in the Potion Commotion slot are paid for five Diamonds and five Hearts: 750 credits and 1,500 credits, respectively. All six lower-value symbols are bottles of various shapes, distinguished by the different coloured potions within. They too win paired prizes for the same combos; the green and yellow vials are paired, as are the blue and gold ones, and the orange and pink. The latter two can win up to 200 credits.
Prizes Tripled in Bonus Rounds
The Potion Commotion slot’s logo is the Scatter symbol, able to make combinations with itself no matter where on the reels the icons land. Two or more Scatters score an immediate prize of 2X, 4X, 15X or 100X the total bet staked on the spin.
Three or more Scatters add an extra reward: a bonus round of 10, 15 or 20 free games. The candles turn into candelabras, dim ceiling lamps transform into brilliant chandeliers, and the music brightens up as much as the decor. During free spins, any prizes won get an immediate 3X multiplier.
Wild Boosts Wins in Two Ways
By far the most elaborate of the potion bottles used in the Potion Commotion slot is the game’s Wild vial, a carefully shaped flask containing a multi-hued potion. As usual, it can substitute for any payline symbols to complete multiple winning paylines at once, but Wild combos that run unbroken from Reel 1 on one payline also trigger prizes of their own.
This bonus starts with just one Wild on Reel 1, which pays 2 credits. Two, three, four or five Wilds in succession see these prizes rise steeply to 10, 200, 1,000 or 5,000 credits.