I was about 7 or 8 when my 12-year-old sister presented me with a similar proposition. “I will give you three wishes …,” she began in her best fairytale-telling voice. I pondered the offer for a moment and said something like, “Okay, my first wish is to be granted 1 million wishes; and my second wish is to double that 1 million; and my third wish is for you to give me one final wish after I use up the first 3 million.” I have not forgotten the look on my sister’s face as she completely lost interest in the game, did an about-face and returned to her room. “Game over so soon?” I asked. Well, The Three Wishes slots game by the renowned BetSoft factory will not let you get off that easily. But don’t fret because almost anything you could ever wish for in a slots game is already on The Three Wishes menu. Take a look at the features outlined below and see what’s in store.
Some say the original “I’ll give you 3 wishes” trope came from many Middle Eastern folk tales written in Arabic and combined during the Islamic Golden Age into a single manuscript titled “One Thousand and One Nights”. Savvy Hollywood promoters shortened it to the catchier “Arabian Nights”, or so the story goes. Whether apocryphal or true, the latter is now the name of this exciting and easy to master slots game.
This is a non-progressive game that is carefully laid out on a 5-reel frame that overlays a standard 30 paylines. But behind the rather standard grid are enough icons, symbols, Bonus Spins and surprises to keep you satisfied for nearly 1,000 nights or hours, whichever comes first.
As you might imagine, some of the theme-related symbols include gold coins, scimitar (curved sword), a jinn (Arabic for a free-willed spirit or genie), a magical flying carpet, a Bedouin tent, a Westernized Princess and a very stereotyped Prince, and of course, camels, among others. The perfunctory deck of poker cards is represented by the emblems 10, J, Q, K, and A, in ascending order
The animations will certainly provide you with delightful diversions and the overall graphics are quite good. The melodious soundtrack adheres mostly to Persian and other Middle Eastern musical styles that complement the broader theme. The entire package is so complete that you can’t help but to enjoy the Wilds, Scatters, Bonus Spins, and the somewhat uncommon Click Me feature when they appear during play.
Coins for Three Wishes Slots come in denominations of NZD0.02 to NZD1, with a maximum of 10 coins allowed as a bet on each payline. That equals a maximum of NZD 300 at NZD 1, which is not a lot. So if you are looking to make enough for a down payment on your dream house or uber-luxury car to attract Hollywood starlets or muscle-bound hunks, this is not the game for you. For low-to-medium rollers, however, it is a wonderful place to start. The maximum jackpot is 25,000 coins if you bet the maximum dollar amount on each payline.
The magic flying carpet symbol is the Wild. The Wild can replace all of the lesser symbols in the game to create a winning combination for you. Getting at least 5 Wilds anywhere on the screen will net you 250 credits on every coin that you bet during that spin. The magic carpet seems to have a mind of its own. If it lands on the first reel, it will glide effortlessly from left to right and smash all other symbols and the collision, accompanied by much fanfare and heightened sound effects, will reward you additional a Bonus Credits.
There’s also a playful but mischievous Monkey who will unlock a special feature all its own, but only if he lands on the center of the middle reel. His presence there will activate the 4 surrounding symbols and prompt you to make a selection from among all five icons. You will be urged to click one. Picking one launches the Click Me Bonus Feature.
Which symbol you select will determine how many credits you gain, and you may continue clicking on as many as you like until one of the icons turns into a Collect Me symbol, at which time you can collect all the coins you have gathered during that round. Wow, that was fun. I’m beginning to really like this Three Wishes slots game.
In addition to the Click Me Bonus Round, you can trigger the Free Spins Bonus Round by getting at least 3 of the Treasure Chest symbols to land anywhere on the screen. The number of Free Spins you get is determined by the number of Treasure Chests appear on the screen. While spinning your bonus Free Spins, it is possible to re-trigger additional free spins if more Free Spin symbols land on the reels during your initial bonus spins.
But Three Wishes is saving the best for last. The Genie Bonus Feature is so awesome that it requires a second screen on which to operate. It is triggered by getting at least 3 magic oil lamps to land on a single active payline. If that happens, the secondary screen opens up and you are prompted to click on the magic oil lamp. Clicking on it releases the genie living inside and the genie offers you not three but six wishes, all of which hold cash rewards for your ever-growing purse.
It is plain to see that Three Wishes Slots is not for everyone, but for a select few it is the perfect game. I like it because it does not profess to be the biggest, the best, or the most technologically advanced game of them all. It just delivers a solid, easy to learn and easy to play a game that rewards its players with a fair and reasonable return on their money. So, relax, have a seat, open your favorite cold brew and enjoy a wish … or three.
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