There have been a lot of witch- and magic-based online slots released in the online casino industry, so for NextGen to have created another with Witch Pickings, they knew they were going to have to do something special. They've definitely done just that with excellent graphics and a great soundtrack. Your reels are translucent so that you can see through to a hazy nature background, and you'll have lots of chances to win big payouts with this high-volatility experience.
The betting format for Witch Pickings is pretty atypical. There are five reels and three rows with 25 paylines, which is normal enough. However, the paylines are locked in, and you play based on multiples of 40 coins. This is because there is a ton of value packed into the game, and you'll hit wins more often than a normal 25-payline game that are larger on average than a normal 25-payline game. You can play with total bet sizes ranging from $0.40 to $80 per spin, however, so all players at all stakes will have no trouble finding a bet size that fits them well.
The glowing purple crystal ball is the wild symbol in this game. It appears on all reels and substitutes for everything but the scatter symbol. The top line payout is 1,000x for five of a kind in wilds, but the largest payout in normal gameplay is 625 times your total bet for five of the three witches scatter symbol. Other wins are also available including 800x for five of the castle, 600x for five of the cauldron, 500x for five of the potion and 400x or five of the cat charm. For the minor pays, the A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 symbols pay from 200x to 100x.
Three or more of the three witches scatter symbol gets you a set of free spins. You'll get five free spins hit with three different extra features to add an overwhelming amount of value. You get to choose one feature from three sets. The first set is symbols that randomly become the same, stacked symbols or symbol prizes. The second set is a wild multiplier (up to 10x), extra wilds added to the reels or expanding wilds. The final set consists of an extra five free spins, payouts that go both left-to-right and right-to-left (as opposed to only left-to-right), or all wins being hit with a multiplier worth up to 5x.
Overall, this game has a lot of value reserved for scatter-based wins, especially in the bonus feature, and that's why it has a pretty high volatility. To account for this, we recommend that you play with longer sessions than you normally would and proportionately smaller bet sizes than you would normally have. It's a pretty straight-forward process to adjust to this volatility, and if you don't, then the swings will probably be larger than what you're used to.