Where Wood You like to Start?
Things begin with a quick view of the empty woods before you are asked whether you want to adjust the settings, see the Paytable and rules or head straight in. Once in the game you’re treated to a very stylish screen. The castle takes up most of the space, with towers either side. On the left one is the helpless princess, on the other the shadow of a witch sneaking past. Other neat touches within the background include a spinning wheel, flags flying and blue lettering for the game’s name.
The castle also hosts 5 reels and 25 squares within them, which fit very well size and colour wise with the theme of the game. While the visuals are great, the music is very annoying. While the haunting sounds are suitable for the game, it’s short loop means it gets tiring very fast. You’ll want the mute button, which is in Settings.
It’s a Frog’s Life
Rather unusually, most of the main playing options for the game are off-screen. You have to click the top left button where you can decide at what rate and for how many paylines you wish to play. You can play for as little as 0.03 to as much as 3.00 per line. The paylines go up to 15. There’s also the possibility of a quicker spin and removing the tune and sound effects.
While you can choose the number of spins on Autoplay (up to 100) within Settings, it’s easier to do it from the main screen. There you can also change your amount and paylines. The main page has a Max Bet button worth 45, as well as the options of Spin or Gamble. Rather oddly, you can’t see the number of spins you have left when using it.
The 8 regular symbols are a mix of those themed to the game and card playing images. The frog is top dog, or rather frog, followed by the gothic princess and the evil stepmother. The other 5 are made up of Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10, with the Jack surprisingly worth more than the Queen. The card symbols may have the same pattern but have a different winning sound.
Witch Way Will You Play the Bonuses?
The witch may be bad news, but she’s certainly a very lucrative Wildcard. As well as replacing everything except the Scatter, she is worth up to 30,000, x20 the highest regular symbol. The Scatter is a Red Riding Hood type girl who generates Free Spins with 3 or more during a spin. It is also worth up to 18,000 credits.
When you land Free Spins, you get to choose which symbol will be the expanding one by hitting stop before it begins. It’s important to note this does not include the Wildcard or the Scatter. After the Free Spins finish, you get more than the regular wins if the Expanding Symbol appeared 3 or more times. If you want the chance for more adventure you can use the Gamble feature. If you correctly guess left or right of the spinning signpost, you can either double your winnings, or by 50% if you decide to Split.
The fairy tale theme is far from unusual. As well as specific ones like Cinderella’s Palace, Little Red Riding Hood and Red Riding Hood, there are countless featuring witches. And that’s without the fairy tale theme, such as Fairy Tale, Once Upon a Dime and The Legend of Unicorn. It will be tough to find one as pretty as this one though, especially on the paytable.
There’s plenty to like with Bedtime Stories. It’s an attractive game to look at, fun to play and nothing complicated. The bonuses are lucrative and you can win plenty without playing for the highest of amounts. Though a better sound would improve things, you’d need some strong magic to stay away from this.