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Wizard Ways

Slot Machine published 25 years ago by Aristocrat Leisure Industries Pty

Listed and emulated in MAME.

Wizard Ways © 1996 Aristocrat.

A 5-reel video slot machine incorporating the '243 Ways' system.

TECHNICAL/MACHINE PICT.
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Aristocrat MK5 hardware.

Button panel, 100 credit version:

Bet buttons : 1, 2, 3, 4 Credits, Bet Max
Line buttons : 3, 9, 27, 81, 243 Ways
Extra buttons : Collect (yellow), Reserve (green), Gamble (purple) and Take Win (orange)

The 'Bet Max' button automatically selects 4 credits x 243 Ways for the 100 credit maximum bet.

1, 2, 4 Credit and Bet Max buttons are also used for Heart, Diamond, Club and Spade gamble respectively. This gamble is x4 if correct.
3 and 243 Ways buttons are also used for red/black double up.

Button panel, 500 credit version:

Bet buttons : 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 Credits
Line buttons : 3, 9, 27, 81, 243 Ways
Extra buttons : Collect (yellow), Reserve (green), Gamble (purple) and Take Win (orange)

1, 2, 10 and 20 Credit buttons are also used for Heart, Diamond, Club and Spade gamble respectively. This gamble is x4 if correct.
3 and 243 Ways buttons are also used for red/black double up.

TRIVIA

The game name was later reused for an unrelated game on MK6 hardware, "Wizard Ways [Lady Luck]".

SCORING

All pays are left to right except scattered Frogs which pay any. Orb appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 and substitutes for all symbols.

Wizard: 3 = 500, 4 = 1000, 5 = 5000
Dragon: 3 = 100, 4 = 500, 5 = 2000
Bird: 3 = 100, 4 = 200, 5 = 1000
Ace: 3 = 20, 4 = 100, 5 = 200
King: 3 = 10, 4 = 50, 5 = 200
Queen: 3 = 10, 4 = 30, 5 = 150
Jack: 3 = 10, 4 = 30, 5 = 150
Ten: 2 = 5, 3 = 10, 4 = 20, 5 = 100
Nine: 2 = 5, 3 = 10, 4 = 20, 5 = 100
Frog: 3 = 5, 4 = 20, 5 = 400

TIPS AND TRICKS

243 Ways to Win:

'3 Ways' costs 1 credit, plays reel 1
'9 Ways' costs 3 credits, plays reels 1-2
'27 Ways' costs 7 credits, plays reels 1-3
'81 Ways' costs 15 credits, plays reels 1-4
'243 Ways' costs 25 credits, plays reels 1-5

Any reels not specified pay in the centre position only. For example, "27 Ways" enables all positions the first 3 reels while the last two reels pay in the centre position only.

SERIES

1. Reel Power (1996)
2. Wizard Ways (1996)