Magic Journey at The Phone Casino

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Magic Journey is half of the latest Asian themed double act to come from developer Pragmatic Play - the other one being Money Mouse which offers a completely different style of slot altogether. Magic Journey manages to present some unique gameplay which needs a couple of spins to work out what is going on. It's not actually as complicated as it first appears to be, quite the opposite. While some Asian themed slots have gone for complexity, Magic Journey has taken the opposite track. It is very simple, has a fast pace to it, and uses bright symbols lifted right from the theme. 

When it comes to visual appearance, Magic Journey is loosely based on one of China's most famous novels, Journey to the West. This is a classic tale of enlightenment full of animal/human characters. It is best known in the West from its TV adaptation Monkey, which emphasised Kung Fu moves over enlightenment. It's this more light-hearted approach we get with Magic Journey. 

Five yellow lightning bolts on the home page alert players to the fact that this game is as volatile as it gets from Pragmatic Play. The fast pace at which the game is played is helped by there being no bonus features to interrupt the flow. RTP is on the respectable side at 96.54% (although it can be lower at some casinos), and bets cost 20 p/c to £/€100 per spin. The graphic standard is above average, and the unusual set up is located in a green-tiled pagoda style structure. The background is a classic Asian image of mountains, golden skies, and plenty of natural beauty. 

The game area undoubtedly stands out as different and is made up of a 3x3 grid. You would assume that the grid spins at first glance, but doesn't. Moreover, there's also an extra row across the bottom, which would make sense as a bonus reel. Again, incorrect on both counts. So how exactly does this thing work? 

Magic Journey (Pragmatic Play): Features 
The gameplay itself really is the feature as there is nothing more to it. No wilds, no scatters, no free spins, no bonus game to get in the way. How it works is that the 3x3 grid, which is known as the scorecard, has each of the 9 positions populated by a different character from the Journey to the West story. This grid does not spin, but remains completely static throughout the whole game. Beneath this, is a horizontal 1x5 row along the bottom of the game area which does spin. 

On each spin, the horizontal row may reveal up to 5 of the characters (or none) which light up on the scorecard when they land. If no lines are formed on the scorecard then that spin has concluded and no prize money paid. If one or more lines are formed by these symbols, then the row Respins. If new symbols land to create at least one more line on the scorecard, then the process repeats. It repeats until no new lines are created, or every symbol on the scorecard is completely lit up. Formed lines reward players like so: 

One line – 2x the bet. 
Two lines – 5x the bet. 
Three lines – 10x the bet. 
Four lines – 15x the bet. 
Five lines – 30x the bet. 
Six lines – 100x the bet. 
Eight lines – 400x the bet. 

The only slight deviation from these core rules is the centre monkey symbol. Whenever he lands in the spin reel, he triggers a Respin regardless of whether lines were formed or not. 

This game is supplied by Pragmatic Play and is certified by the UK Gambling Commission as having been independently tested and up to the required standards for players in the UK. If you experience any difficulties with this game or any other game you should follow our Complaints procedure and contact us.

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