Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood
The fairytale story of red riding hood is pretty common, and Net Entertainment has harnessed that tale for the Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood slot. This game's visual style is based on a high-quality, animated motif that makes a lot of sense considering the concept for the slot. You'll see symbols in vertical rows in front of a forest background for most gameplay with red riding hood on the left-hand side of the screen with her basket heading to her grandmother's house. This game has a moderate volatility, and despite the seemingly tame theme, there is a lot of action to be had.
Format and Layout
The most popular video slot format in the world by volume is probably five reels with three rows and 20 paylines, and that's exactly the format used in this game. Bet sizing is made really easy with a lot of options since you can pick coins from $0.01 to $1.00 and as many as 10 coins on each payline. One thing you can't do is change the number of active paylines, which is not a big deal at all because the vast majority of players prefer to play with all of the paylines activated anyway. The minimum bet size is a smooth $0.20 per spin, which is well within the budget of everyone playing online slots these days.
Wild Symbols and Bonus Features
As you might expect, red riding hood herself is the wild symbol, and you'll find her on the middle three reels only during the regular game, though she does appear on all of the reels in the free spins. While this does mean that she doesn't get her own payouts, she does have a feature associated with her that can give you a lot of value.
If you get two or more of the wild red riding hood symbol anywhere on the reels, then after your winnings are paid normally, they will be held in place for a free re-spin. All of the other symbols will spin normally, but the wild symbols will hold in place to give you better chances of winning. This is obviously a free chance at extra winnings you wouldn't have received otherwise, and those chances are increased by the guaranteed placement of wild symbols.
Random Bonus Features
Net Entertainment has put three random bonus features in this game. The first is the Fairy Magic Spin feature, which will put a cluster of between five and nine mid-level symbols on the reels to give you better chances for some serious wins. Next is the Fairy Surprise feature, and this triggers at random when you don't get any winnings after a spin. It effectively gives you mid-level symbols on the reels until you get a payoff that you wouldn't have otherwise received. Finally we have the Fairy Wild Spin feature, and this adds three or four extra wilds to the reels during your spin that are guaranteed to appear once the spin is over. You'll also get the sticky wild re-spin feature noted above.
Chest Bonus Features
The chest symbol shows up on the first, third and fifth reels. Three of them will activate one of three different features as well. The Beware the Wolf bonus gives you a board game type of minigame, and you can also pick up a set of free spins or a simple 15x instant win with the feature called "coin win." These features are simple enough, but they add a lot of depth to the game as a whole.
Referred to as mid-level wins in this game, they are effectively the top paying normal symbols that you'll find. You can get 400x for five of the Fairytale Legend symbol or 250x for five of the golden crest. Five of the key pays 200x, and five of the rose gets you 150x. You can also earn 100x for five of the book.
The lower-tier symbols are all the A, K, Q, J and 10 card rank symbols. They are all stylized in golden letters that fit the fairytale theme perfectly, and they all pay 60x for five of a kind, which makes knowing the pays for these symbols pretty easy.
Net Entertainment has done an absolutely tremendous job with this game. It has a ton of depth in terms of offering players a lot of features that make sense in the context of the fairytale theme, and the graphics are outstanding as well without being overwhelming or gaudy. We definitely recommend this game for slot fans, even if you don't initially think that you'd like a game based on red riding hood because the gameplay is outstanding with tons of action.