Continuing along the path of fairytales after the success of Jack and the Beanstalk, NetEnt’s newest dive into fantasy slots delves with the old and familiar story of the Red Riding Hood. Follow along our heroine as she travels through the woods, picking up various items along the way, and with a little help of her fairy guardian, make it to grandma’s house in time.
With an abundance of bonuses, this 5 reel 20 payline game will leave you chasing for the enchanting touch of your guardian, as well as the secret treasures that Scatters can uncover to lead you down a path of riches, including an entirely different mini-game within this one slot.
Play FairyTale Legends – Red Riding Hood
NetEnt’s release splits its symbols into two tiers. The lower paying icons come off as generic. The same 10, J, Q, K and A symbols seen everywhere, with little flair added to them to look good. With the rest of the graphics looking as gorgeous as they do, this feels like a step back to everything else. Higher paying symbols, on the other hand, have a much better design. A book, a rose, a key, a royal shield, and the FairyTale Legends logo stand out in how well designed they are, and they feel that much more fitting in the game compared to the lower paying bracket of icons.
How to Play
The game contains Wilds, which are a portrait of Red Riding Hood herself, and Scatters that come in form of lockboxes. Wilds will appear on reels 2, 3 and 4, they can replace any symbol except Scatters, and two or more of them on the reels will give you a bonus.
Scatters, on the other hand, do not give you any gains when they appear on the reels. Instead, their only purpose is to award the many specials in the game itself so you can make use of them.
Thanks to the transparent reels and a well done design, NetEnt’s release looks spectacular while keeping an easy to use interface. When the reels spin, the world follows along, and the Red Riding Hood herself walks in place to give the illusion you are moving through the forest, which looks amazing the first time you see it.
The paylines are fixed, but you are able to adjust your bet level and coin value. This means that the slot can be played for as little as $0.20 up to $200, which is a nice range of options that will attract all sorts of players.
Strategy and Tips
The game has three sets of bonuses that it offers. The first one comes from Wilds – two or more Wilds on the reel will activate the Sticky Wilds respin. Wilds will stay locked in place for the duration of the bonus round, which increases your odds of winning.
The second type of bonuses comes from the fairy. These bonuses are random, and at any given moment, your guardian can award you three different prizes. Magic Spin, which gives you a cluster of same symbols, Fairy Surprise, which transforms one icon into another, and Wild Spin, which puts 3-4 Wilds on the reels, and activates a Sticky Wilds respin afterwards.
The third type of bonus comes from Scatters. Opening the chests will give you three varying prizes again. One of them are ten free spins, the second is a coin win, which takes your current bet and multiplies it by x15, and the third and final one is the Beware the Wolf bonus.
Beware the Wolf plays like a board game. You spin the dice and make the Red Riding Hood hop along the path to her grandmother’s house, while avoiding to fall into the wolf’s traps along the way. The longer you last, the more bonuses you can pick up, so it makes this special very desirable if you can get it.
NetEnt’s release is a good mobile port, and we had no issues running it on our phones and tablets. It plays smoothly, and apart from a slight graphical downgrade, there is not much to mention here.
The game can feel a bit stale outside of special features, and the larger wins in general are more likely to occur while they are active. Sticky Wild respins seem the most likely to occur, so we recommend focusing on them.