Cash Wizard GGB Magazine

Bally has incorporated many of its most recent innovations in this game, a bonus-packed affair with mystery events and three progressive jackpots.

Cash Wizard is one of the first games in Bally’s Alpha 2 platform, which enables interactive features, high-definition video and advanced graphics and animation. It also features the new Bally “iDECK,” which is a button deck formed by a single touch-screen LCD panel that transforms into an extra video screen during bonus events.

The game requires a low ante wager—20 credits, along with a 30-credit bet to activate the pay lines—to unlock all the features.

The more simple on-screen features include “Invisible Ink,” triggered by one bonus symbol on the third reel, which awards a credit amount ranging from two to 20 times the total credits bet (excluding the ante). The “Magic Potions” bonus prompts the player to select from potions to reveal credit awards, accumulating a bonus until revealing a “Lose Half” symbol, which cuts the award in half, or a “Curse,” which ends the bonus. Players can choose to take their win at any time and end the bonus, but if all seven potions are picked without landing the curse, an extra 100 credits times the line bet is won.

A free-spin bonus—backed by the song “It’s Magic”—can occur by lining up bonus symbols or through the Wizard Mystery Wheel (described below). All free games are paid at 3X, and the feature can be re-triggered.

The ante wager activates mystery features, including the game’s main bonus event. With the ante bet, the “Cash Wizard” will randomly fly across the screen to replace from two to five symbols with wild symbols. This occurs every 41 spins on average.

The main event is the “Wizard Mystery Wheel.” Every 51 spins on average, the bonus will pop up to give the player a spin of the top wheel, to win a credit award of 100 to 1,500 credits times the line bet, 20 free spins, or one of the three progressive jackpots: the “Wand Jackpot,” resetting at 25 credits times the denomination; the “Dragon Jackpot,” starting at 250 times the denomination; or the top “Wizard Jackpot,” resetting at 1 million credits times the denomination.

Manufacturer: Bally Technologies

Platform: Alpha 2

Format: Five-reel, 30-line video slot

Denomination: .01, .02, .05

Max Bet: 250

Top Award: Progressive; 1 million credit reset

Hit Frequency: 49.25%

Theoretical Hold: 9.94%—14.94%