Online slot developers love a good stereotype, so it’s nice to finally see Core Gaming stepping up and finally creating a much demanded slot themed around a Gypsy snake oil salesman. Ok, that’s not quite what Balthazar's Wild Emporium is about, even though you’d be forgiven from thinking as much when you first click onto the game. Greeted by Balthazar himself, dressed flamboyantly, pink potion in a flask in hand, smiling and showing his golden tooth in front of his caravan.
Travel inside the world of the game, however, and you’ll discover a wild forest populated by magic potions, and birds which sing sweet melodies just out of sight, and mystical green smoke adds atmosphere to the surroundings. This 5 reel, 20 paylines game is utterly packed out with special features, and carries a raft of fantastical bonuses, ranging from stacked and expanding wilds, to free spins and a gamble option; what’s more, each potion in the game carries with it its own bonus to increase your wins.
The base game in Balthazar’s Wild Emporium is pretty simple, though enjoyable nevertheless. All the high paying and bonus symbols within the game relate to the titular emporium, and the goods you’ll find within. There’s three different coloured potions – yellow, blue and purple – and a box which contains all three; there’s a gold coin and a book of potion recipes, and then there’s Balthazar himself. A lot of work has clearly gone into creating the world of this game, and Core Gaming deserves credit for such substantial world building.
There’s some super opportunities for landing big wins – with 5 Balthazars or gold coins paying out a staggering 2,000x your stake – but none of these come anywhere close to the Wild Symbol, which pays out a staggering 2,500x your initial stake! On top of having such a huge payout attached to it, the wild will, naturally, substitute any other symbols on the reels – except for the potion bottles – in order to increase your chances of landing winning combinations.
The slot's theoretical RTP percentage can be between 88.19% and 92.04% at different moments during the game and on different versions of it.
The main bonus feature is all about free spins, but the game has a novel way of awarding them to you. Basically, it’s all about those potion bottles you’ll see coming up on the reels; you need to match up matching colours to get awarded free spins. With the purple bottles, if you match 5, you’ll get a maximum of 500 free spins with stacked wilds, 5 blue bottles will get you up to 750 free spins with expanding wilds, while 5 yellow bottles will see you able to claim up to a staggering 1,000 free spins with colossal wilds!
There’s also a gamble feature triggered if you land 2 bottles on reels 1 and 2; you’ll be awarded some free spins, but if you choose to gamble, reel three will respin. If you land a matching coloured bottle on reel 3, you’ll get more free spins, but if you fail to, you’ll receive no free spins.
User Interface and Experience
As you’d quite rightly expect from any slot game we add to GoWin Casino, Balthazar’s Wild Emporium is fully playable on all devices, from your laptop, through to your tablets and smartphone, meaning that you can jump into this fantasy world from anywhere, and in any way that suits you. While you might not have heard much from Core Gaming before, you can tell from the get go that this game is something special, featuring as it does killer graphics and enviable features.
You can gamble anything between £0.20 and £100.00 on this medium variance slot, meaning that a broad range of players will be attracted to play the game. There’s a top jackpot win of £50,000, making quite the payer if you’re lucky.
Our Take on the Game
We don’t often hear from Core Gaming, which is one of the reasons we were so excited to add this game to our roster; it’s a bit of diversity which gives our players the chance to spread somewhat into new territory. The theme, while not totally unique, is fresh enough and with enough interesting spins that you’ve got to respect what the game designers have managed to do, and enjoy the refreshingly unique features that are packed into the game.
Overall, we think this game is the perfect addition to our roster, as it will complement and contrast our other titles in the most enjoyable ways. We hope you have plenty of fun exploring Balthazar’s Wild Emporium.