The Magic Orb Slot Review 2022
Brace yourselves for the almighty power of the mysterious Orb, in iSoftBet’s latest upcoming slot, The Magic Orb!
There’s no evidence in the title, but it wouldn’t be an iSoftBet slot without the good old Hold & Win mechanic and The Magic Orb has just that. iSoftBet certainly don’t hang around when it comes to new releases, with Colossus Hold & Win, Majestic Gold Megaways and Euphoria being just a fragment of titles in their very impressive slots portfolio. Not only is iSoftBet a very recognized slots provider, they are also the masterminds behind the much loved ‘Twisted Tale’ slot series.
We’re confident we’ve seen everything possible when it comes to the Hold & Win mechanic, so what makes The Magic Orb a worthy slot? The Magic Orb is a 7×7 video slot, which uses the extremely popular Cluster Pays mechanic. In additon to this, there is plenty of grid action to be had in the base game, with The Magic Orb that has 6 unique features available, the Super Bet feature and an exciting Free Drops round.
In terms of theme, The Magic Orb is quite something. The first thing that hits you when you load up the game, is the sheer amount of colour running through it. The background has a somewhat dark and mysterious ailment to it, but with a hint of magic. The theme of The Magic Orb may be appealing on the eye, but will Gamplay be just as attractive?
Let’s play on and find out!
The Magic Orb Betting and Symbols
The Magic Orb has a variety of betting options for players to choose from. For those who prefer a lower stake, the minimum bet available here is £/€0.20 (£/€0.25 with Super Bet active) per spin. For those who prefer a higher stake, the maximum bet available is £/€200 (£/€250 with Super Bet active) per spin, with plenty of other options in between the two.
The highest paying regular symbol in The Magic Orb is the Purple Gem with the Gold background, followed by the Red, Blue and Green Gems which also have Gold backgrounds. Lower paying symbols fall to a selection of smaller Gems. The Purple Gem has the highest pay value, followed by Orange, Blue and Green Gems.
Wild symbols substitute for all symbols except for Scatters and Hold & Win Symbols.
The Magic Orb Base Game and Features
The Magic Orb is a 7×7 video slot with a Cluster Pays mechanic. In order to form a win you will need to connect 5 or more of the same symbols either Horizontally or Vertically.
The Magic Orb features Cascading Reels. Once a winning combination is formed, all winning symbols will be removed from the grid and new symbols will fall down via a Cascade, filling all the empty positions on the grid, possibly creating even more winning combinations.
The Magic Orb has not one but two exciting features available in the base game. The Magic Orb and Hold & Win features offer plenty of entertainment whilst you patiently wait for Free Spins to land. There is also a Super Bet feature that can be activated at any point in the base game.
Before you start spinning, you will have the opportunity to actiave the Super Bet.
The Super Bet will increase your current bet by 25%.
By activating this feature, you will double your chance of triggering the Magic Orb feature.
The Magic Orb
In the middle of the grid is a perfectly positioned Magic Orb. During any random spin in the base game, the Magic Orb feature can be triggered.
Once this happens, 1 of 6 thrilling modifiers can be awarded, these are as follows.
- Transform – Once awarded, the Orb will reveal an icon to symbolize Transform. One of the current symbols will be chosen at random and then transformed into another to help create wins.
- Wild – The Orb will reveal an icon to symbolize Wild. Wild symbols are then added to the grid to creat wins.
- Multiplier – Once awarded, the Orb will reveal an icon to symbolize the Multiplier. A random Multiplier of either x2, x3, x5 or x10 will be awarded.
- Destruction – The Orb will reveal an icon to symbolize the Destruction modifier. Destruction will destroy all paid symbols except one.
- Free Drops – The Orb may reveal a Free Drops Scatter symbol. This will automatically award the Free Drops round.
- Hold & Win – The Orb may reveal a Hold & Win symbol. If this happens, you will automatically be awarded the Hold & Win feature.
Pay special attention the the Orb during the base game, it has the ability to animate but fail to deliver one of the Modifiers.
Hold & Win Feature
The Hold & Win feature can be awarded in 2 ways, by either landing 5 or more Hold & Win symbols or from the Magic Orb feature.
Once active, you will be awarded 3 Respins.
Each time a Gold Coin symbol lands, it will become Sticky and will remain in its fixed position for the remainder of Respins. Once an additonal Gold Coin symbol lands, the Respins counter will be reset back to 3.
In additon to this, there are 4 Jackpot Prizes up for grabs in this round.
- Mini – Awards 25x your current bet.
- Major – Awards 50x your current bet.
- Maxi – Awards 100x your current bet.
- Mega – Awards 250x your current bet.
Collecting Gold Coin symbols helps you climb the Win Panel to win bigger prizes. If you happen to fill the grid, you will automatically be awarded the Mega Jackpot!
The Hold & Win round guarantees at least a Mini Jackpot Prize.
The Magic Orb Free Drops
The Free Drops round can be triggered on any spin by landing 3 Scatters, or by recieving the Free Drops symbol during the Magic Orb feature.
During the Free Drops round, each Cascade that occurs will increase the Multiplier by +1.
In additon to this, the Magic Orb feature is active during the Free Drops round, which can award one of the following modifiers randomly.
- Additonal Free Drops
The Magic Orb: Our Verdict
It seems that iSoftBet has a bit of an obsession with the Hold & Win mechanic, so much so that almost every new release so far has the words ‘Hold & Win’ in its title. The Magic Orb has taken us by suprise and is definitely the most interesting out of the lot. Usually when a slot features the Hold & Win mechanic thats the best you can expect in terms of Free Spins, but iSoftBet has thrown in a Free Drops round to make The Magic Orb a lot more appealing.
In terms of statistics, the RTP for The Magic Orb is a little on the lower side at 95.94%, but if you have access to the Super Bet, this then increases slightly to 96.04% but it comes at a cost. The slightly lower RTP may be down to the Medium to High volatility. The maximum win capacity sits at an impressive 15,000x which we believe The Magic Orb is capable of delivering.
All in all, iSoftBet has spoiled us with plenty of exciting features and a Free Spins round, but will The Magic Orb get the attention it deserves or simply be pushed aside because it’s yet another Hold & Win slot?