An Alternative Tale
Just on the off chance that you’ve read our review so far and are already skeptical about Forest Mania, we thought we’d give you a helping hand in finding other fairy tale themed slots. Many of these real cash examples are of a different aesthetic entirely – think Aladdin and dwarves – but there’s a select few that live in the woodlands.
One countryside set of reels that we think you’ll savour, are the ones belonging to Forest Tale. Despite the uninspiring name, this slot delivers enchanting imagery alongside four levels of a progressive jackpot, which some would say is better than the returns given here. We grant you that EGT haven’t put as much effort in when it comes to animation and 3D effects, but Forest Tale can certainly hold its own against Forest Mania. It’s the battle of the forests.
Big Eyes, Big Hearts
Maybe it’s just us, but there’s something about animals with big eyes that has us going all gooey inside – they just look so cute, cuter than normal. Of course, that does mean that some would deem this aesthetic a lot more gendered than they’d like. However, we actually think it creates a game that has equal amounts of appeal to male and female customers, which is always a good thing for any real cash slot. Even more so with the number of female users on the rise.
Speaking of the graphics on an up, close and personal level, Forest Mania have a highly animated, well rounded set of computerised animals. There’s three mascots that grab special symbols that later morph into wilds, as well as a sparkling forest in the background. It sounds and looks so magical, like a picture from a child’s fairytale book, and so iSoftBet win hands down when it comes to looks. But good looks can’t get save you forever, eventually you need something more…
This is the part of the game we’ve not been looking forward to because it highlights the turbulent nature of the grid. You see, all three of the special features – the wilds, wild reels and free spins – are activated at random intervals, meaning you have no control whatsoever. This may sound exciting to some of you, it even did to us initially, but having played for a long time, we can tell you that the novelty soon wears off.
Ignoring the nature of how they’re triggered for the time being, we’re best looking at what you get with each.
- Wilds: An icon is chosen at random to become wild and the results are mimicked in both grids, usually with rewarding results.
- Wild Reels: Similar to the symbols, now you get three reels chosen at random to become wild, which again is then transferred into the second matrix.
- Free Spins: Customers are given a total of 10 spins at once, wherein the two above features can trigger more often, though there’s no guarantee.
When You Go into the Woods Today
Forest Mania is a slot machine that looks good on paper, with the stills of the interface helping it to look like a solid game, but when put into action it misses the mark. It isn’t that there’s no variance, but that all of the features are triggered by the exact same action: randomness. As users we already lack control over the reels, but to have what little control we do have removed even further, makes the whole experience frustrating.