This game, based on the famous magician Houdini and his escape tricks, initiates what WMS calls the “Rotating Wild” series. The video “reels” are made up of circular reel symbols, arranged as five symbols going left to right on the top and the bottom, with four symbols in the middle row. During normal spins, pays happen just as in any other video slot, by matching symbols on predetermined pay lines. The name of the series comes from what happens when wild symbols land in the center of the screen.
When one “Rotating Wild” symbol lands in either of the two center symbols on the middle row, any win is paid, and then, the six symbols surrounding the wild symbol rotate clockwise around the stationary wild symbol, until they form a new pay-line combination. This repeats until the circle of symbols makes a complete rotation, stopping seven times to evaluate new symbol combinations for additional wins. The same thing happens if the two middle symbols are both wild-the eight surrounding symbols rotate, for near-certain repeat wins, thanks to the two wilds.
There is a combination second-screen/free-spin bonus event on top of this. Two bonus symbols on the ends of the middle row trigger the event. The screen displays four chests, locked up as in one of Houdini’s escape illusions. The player is prompted to select a chest, to reveal a number of free spins-six, eight or 10-with all jackpots doubled. If Houdini pops out of the chest, the player gets the initial number of free spins, plus he selects another chest for up to 10 more free spins. If Houdini is revealed on the first try, all jackpots during the free spins are multiplied by four.
Manufacturer: WMS Gaming
Format: Five-reel; 30-line video slot
Denominations: .01, .02, .05
Max Bet: 600
Top Award: 30,000
Hit Frequency: 35.26%
Theoretical Hold: 6.11%-13.74%