Sheer Magic Pokie Game
It’s always something of a surprise to find an Ainsworth poker machine without an animal in sight but that’s most certainly the case here on Sheer Magic, a game that ranks highly among our favourites from the developer based on the theme alone. It combines elements of stage magic, such as through top hat and wand, with slightly more mystical elements through the crystal ball wild and it is safe to say that it’s a great looking game that backs up those looks with some typically enjoyable features.
Game Type: Video Pokie
Win Lines: 50
Special Features: Scatters, free spins and crystal ball wilds
Top Prize: 50,000 coins
While the original version of sheer magic is something of a recent addition to the online portfolio from Ainsworth, nothing changed with its launch regarding the availability of the game to Aussie players. As with each of the games that have landed before and since, geographic blocks are in place to prevent players from enjoying the action, ensuring that the task remains to find the very best online alternatives. That’s exactly what we’ve done here and we’re confident that you’ll find something that takes your fancy among the trio of games below.
Rabbit in the Hat by Microgaming
Rabbit in the Hat is one of the freshest Microgaming pokie game releases in a while and just so happens to fit perfectly with the theme offered on its Ainsworth counterpart. It even throws in the good old top hat on the reels for an immensely similar experience. While there are only nine win lines which is a steep drop from Sheer Magic, this is more than compensated for by an extra special surprise during the free spins round that can add even more value to your bonus action.
Spellcast by NetEnt
If you’d prefer a game that is a little more on the mystical side and comes closer in terms of win lines then Spellcast from NetEnt is the ticket. It’s a typically good looking game and twenty lines allow for a little more betting flexibility. The theme is similar once more and bonus action comes in the form of fifteen free spins with a three times multiplier. Coincidentally, this round is triggered by the crystal ball, making it just as important as the one found on Sheer Magic.
Fortune Teller by NetEnt
Finally, we’ve chosen a game based once again on the crystal ball. Fortune Teller may not be quite as advanced as Spellcast when it comes to looks, but the traditional approach, including the addition of playing card icons, makes for a vastly similar atmosphere. The free spins round can make for some exciting action and the use of thirty win lines edges this game even closer to Ainsworth’s title.
Sheer Magic itself is controlled in a manner that will be familiar to anyone who enjoys Ainsworth games. Less is most definitely more where gameplay is concerned and players are treated to the standard line-up of line toggles and a bet per line cycle. Settle on a number for each and multiply them together to make for your total spin bet and then simply spin the reels to start watching the wins add up.
Those wins will add up even faster when players manage to hit the various features and they all start off with the crystal ball that has been mentioned so regularly throughout the course of this review. Unlike many Ainsworth games, there are absolutely no restrictions on where the symbol can land – it can hit any reel at any time and even come along in stacks of up to three at once.
The magic coin is the symbol to look out for if you’re looking to enjoy free spins and three or more in view at once will award a full ten free games. The crystal ball continues to serve as a wild, but is also joined by the magician’s hand which serves as an expanding wild on reels two, three and four for the duration of the bonus. There’s also the opportunity to win further batches of five free spins every time you land a further combination of scatter symbols, so there’s definitely plenty of potential each and every time the round is triggered.
Game Culture’s Opinion
As we noted in the introduction, Sheer Magic was always likely to be looked upon favourably thanks to the theme alone. There’s certainly more to the game than just the theme however and it’s lots of fun to play. Even if you’re one of the Aussie players that can’t access the online version, there’s no shortage of great magic themed pokie games out there from other leading developers and the three featured above will definitely serve as the ideal place to start.