Fairy Tale Flavours
There’s no need to stress the beauty of this game, as NetEnt simply doesn’t make unattractive games. In terms of graphics, they are certainly high enough to pass for an advanced video game or a CGI film. Because of this, they’re definitely setting the bar for other slot game makers. However, NetEnt falls a bit short in terms of the fairy tale theme.
In keeping with the Red Riding Hood story, one might have looked forward to a grandma icon, the wolf or even Red Riding Hood herself, but instead we see only a few generic nursery rhyme symbols. What’s more, there are also many low paying cards present.
As NetEnt enthusiasts, we’re sure that they have the ability to do so much better, though the general gameplay and animations do make up for it.
Magic, Magic, and More Magic
With this game, NetEnt has returned to a 0.20 to 200.00 credit betting range. The lines are permanent so you’ll have to use some pretty good bankroll management strategy here. The variance level is high too, so this cute fairy tale might very well become a bad nightmare if there’s a lack of self-control.
Luckily, though, the amazing bonus features in Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood shows that NetEnt really does want its players to have their own “happy ending”. In the game, three features can activate on any of your spins with absolutely no scatter needed. These are the Fairy Magic Spin, Fairy Surprise and Fairy Wild Spin.
The Fairy Magic Spin feature turns a whole reel into a single symbol, which then increases the player’s chances of getting a 4 or 5 symbol combo.
Though the most frequent and the least entertaining of all the features, its excitement value builds higher and higher with the occurrence of the surprise game. This occurs after a player has a losing spin. Randomly, it chooses one of the medium pay icons to convert all of the cards that are low paying. This goes on until the player makes a win, so it’s a definite pay off!
The wild spin, as might be obvious, deals with wilds. In Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood, the sticky wilds are the stars, as 3 or 4 land on the middle reels. Since 2 and above wilds creates a sticky wild spin-over, a player is bound to get one, even if the first wilds don’t leave them with a win.
On the Path to Grandmother’s Cottage
Aside from the random features, this game also boasts three other bonus features that are created when the treasure chest “scatters”. One of these is a credit win of a monster 15x your current bet. Now the spins round does give players 10 spins along with sticky wild spin-overs and a repeated trigger, but this isn’t the showstopper.
Here’s where the ‘Beware the Wolf’ bonus comes in. Here, the player is treated to a little quest in which they skip along the pathway to Grandmother’s cottage, collecting available multipliers and coins on the way there.
Old School Fairy Tale Design, New School Slots Execution!
NetEnt has created a game in Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood that’s chock-full of features with great animation and cool sound tricks to keep players entertained and interested.
Though the theme is sweet and classic, we feel as though they could have incorporated the fairy tale symbols a bit better. However, with their big player wins for and high variance, NetEnt has nothing much to worry about.