The Alchemist is an online slot machine released by online gaming giant, Novomatic. Novomatic, an Austrian-based gaming software company, was founded in 1980 by Johann Graf. It was first aimed at producing games for land-based casinos but with the popularity of internet-based casinos, Novomatic has become one of the most popular providers of online casino games. These include slot machines such as the Alchemist.
The name of the game, the Alchemist, hints to the theme of the slot, which is of course alchemy. Alchemy was a popular practice in medieval times, whereby scientists calling them alchemists would try to transform matter through an apparently magical process. It focused mainly on transforming metal into gold. The alchemy theme is embodied in the design of the game, as well as the symbols and sound effects.
Gameplay and Symbols in The Alchemist
The Alchemist features 5 reels and 20 pay lines. Players can choose to activate either 5, 10 or all 20 of these pay lines during a spin. Winning combinations in the game occur when 2 or more of the symbols appear next to each other, from left to right, on an active pay line. If more than one winning combination appears on an active payline, only the highest paying winning combination will be rewarded at lucky nugget casino. The amount won is calculated by the bet that was made on the winning pay line. The maximum payout for The Alchemist is $5,000. There is an autoplay option which, when activated, will automatically spin the reels, playing using the most current bet.
The symbols in The Alchemist are all in line with the medieval alchemy theme. These symbols include a dragon, an owl sitting atop a stack of books, a flask filled with potion, and a wizard or magician. In addition to these themed symbols there are a number of playing card symbols ranging from 10 to ace. These symbols have been designed to make them look magical, which fits in with the theme of The Alchemist.
Special Symbols and Bonus Features in The Alchemist
The Alchemist features only one special symbol. It is the magic book symbol and it acts as both the wild symbol and the scatter symbol in the game. This means that the magic book symbol can replace any of the other symbols in The Alchemist in order to form winning combinations. It also means that when 3 or more of the magic book symbol appear on the reels after a spin, a certain number of free spins will be awarded to the player. For 3 magic book symbols, 10 free spins will be awarded, for 4 symbols 12 free spins, and for 5 of these scatter symbols a total of 15 free spins will be awarded to the player. These free spins will be played with the same bet amount that was played at the time the scatter symbols landed on the reels.
The free spins bonus round can be retriggered while playing the free spins by 3 or more of the scatter symbol appearing again on the reels.
Some combinations of the symbols will offer the player more than a pay out. They will allow the player a chance to spin the fortune wheel in order to win additional prizes.