Potion Commotion Slot Review

Do you remember the classic Black Adder TV Show where Black Adder’s hapless friend Percy attempted to solve the titular character’s money problems by discovering the secret of alchemy? His attempt of course ended in failure when instead of discovering Gold, he instead concocted what Black Adder famously called “A nugget of the finest Green“.

It may seem somewhat illogical to us in the modern day but for hundreds of years, many people believed that it was indeed possible to turn even the most basest of items into gold and alchemy had many and sometimes very famous devotees. Sir Isaac Newton dabbled in it, as did Robert Boyle, August Strindberg and indeed many other famous names from science.

So it is in their spirit that we take a look at the Potion Commotion slot from NextGen Gaming. Which just so happens to be available to play right now at the popular Leo Vegas Casino.

The slot is set in what appears to be the laboratory of someone trying to perform alchemy. There’s a couple of candles flickering at the side of the reel on the right hand side revealing a scene filled with books and other tomes, as well as plenty of test-tubes and other scientific equipment filled with liquids that are bubbling away.

The main controls of the slot are located at the foot of the reels and include the line selector and coin value buttons, as well as the Spin and Auto Play options. Your total bet and current balance are displayed at the top of the screen.

This is a 5×3 reel slot that has a total of 20 lines in play, although these are selectable I would always suggest you play the maximum number of lines on any slot, even if this means reducing the size of your coin size per bet.

When it comes to what is on the reels, things start to get a little more confusing initially and I do think the design of the slot could have been improved here as the differences between each of the symbols on the slot is generally small and as such, being able to easily recognise a win is not so straightforward on the Potion Commotion slot as it is on others.

There are five different types of glass vials in the game but they don’t determine the size of your win. Instead what does determine your win is the items contained within the vial. There are six lower value wins which comprise of the vials containing Green, Yellow, Blue, Orange, Red and Pink liquid and these offer wins from 5 coins up to 200 coins.

The higher value wins are those with the four playing card symbols in them. The two black symbols, Clubs and Spades are the lower of the four offering wins of between 20 coins and 400 coins. The Diamond is the second highest paying of them with wins of between 4 coins and 750 coins, although this symbol does pay out for 2 on a line, as well as three, four and five.

The highest paying standard symbol is the Heart symbol which also offers wins from 2 on a pay line and they range in value from 5 coins up to a biggest base game win of 1,500 coins using the standard symbols.

There are just two other symbols on the reels and these are the Wild and Scatter symbols and these unlock some of the main bonus features of the slot as we shall see below.

Key Features of the Potion Commotion Slot

The Wild is a big player in the base game and also in the Free Spins round so it is best that we explain how this bonus works. The Wild is simply the vial with the world Wild written on it and it offers a multitude of payouts with just one on the first reel triggering a 2 coin win. However if you can land more across he reels, the value of those wins increases markedly each time. Two wilds offers 10 coins, three offers 200, four offers 1,000 and land five across a single line and you win the jackpot in the game of 5,000 coins.

Of course, as well as offering sizeable pays, the Wild can also be used in the game to substitute for any of the other standard symbols in the game to create winning lines, or perhaps increase the length of a winning line to facilitate a larger pay out.

The other symbol on the reels to look out for is the Scatter symbol, which is the Potion Commotion logo.  This symbol appears across all five reels and when you land two or more of the symbols you trigger a pay out of 2x, 4x, 15x or 100x your total wager depending on how many Scatters that you land on that spin.

In addition, if you land three or more scatters then you will trigger either 10, 15 or 20 Free Games, again depending on how many scatters are landed.  The best thing about your Free Games however is that every win during the bonus round is subject to a 3x multiplier and that you can re-trigger the Free Spins bonus round by landing three or more of the Scatter symbols once again during the round.

The final feature of the slot to look out for is the Gamble feature, which is activated any time you win an amount of money in the base game. When the button is lit after a win, you can click it to take you to a special bonus game.

Here you have three choices; you can play the Black or Red guessing game and predict the colour of the next card out of the pack. Correctly predict this and you will double the money that you have won. Alternatively, if you feel in a more adventurous mood, you can instead bet on the suit of the next card out of the pack. Guess correctly and you will win 4x your current winnings. Of course, if you guess wrong on either of these games then you lose what you have won. Don’t worry if you click on the Gamble option by mistake as you can collect your winnings instead by clicking on that button in the window.

Potion Commotion is a decent slot with some simple games to play but it has been set up in a way that makes distinguishing the different symbols more difficult than it needs to be. It’s a nice idea for a slot that is nicely presented but which offers limited opportunities to land a bigger value prize.


Editor's Review

There are some very nice wins available in the base game of the Potion Commotion slot from NextGen Gaming, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that this is a lower variance slot that will pay you out often. There are a high number of lower value wins too and in truth they outnumber the bigger wins considerably, so bankroll management is key here. There are a couple of standard bonus features, but the slot is rather quiet and doesn’t really exude great excitement when you play. Some people may like the quiet, but personally, I like something with a bit more excitement in the game-play.

Where can I play?Leo Vegas Casino
Number of paylines:20 Pay Lines
Number of reels:5
Is autoplay available?Yes
Game manufacturer:NextGen