Software providers will often turn to famous children’s fairy tales for inspiration. Good examples are Netent’s Jack and the Beanstalk and Quickspin’s Big Bad Wolf.
The October 2016 release by Net Entertainment is named Red Riding Hood and is based on the well-known tale of little Red Riding Hood who goes to visit her grandma in the dark, eerie forest. She has every reason to be a little scared, as the big bad wolf is lurking behind the tree, with every intent to devour both our little heroine and her sweet grandmother.
It seems Netent has plans to release a whole series of fairy tale based pokies, hence the name Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood. We quite like this idea – fairytales have recognisable characters and often dark and surprising story lines.
Visually, Red Riding Hood looks great, with an everchanging background and a walking Red Riding Hood. This creates an effect where the background of the pokie appears to be perpetually changing. The overall theming is a lot brighter and cheerful than the actual fairytale. The big bad wolf only shows up in one of the bonuses and Red Riding Hood gets frequent help from a good fairy.
The variance of the Red Riding Hood pokie is on the lower side of medium and the return to player percentage is a healthy 96.33%.
Red Riding Hood pokie features
There is a fixed number of 20 pay lines and the game is played on a standard 5 x 3 grid. The minimum bet is set at $0.20 per spin, the maximum bet is a hefty $200 per spin.
Similar to other 2016 Netent pokie releases (Jimi Hendrix, Guns N’ Roses, Theme Park), Red Riding Hood is packed to the brim with bonus features – six in all. Three of these are mini features and there are three main bonus features
Mini bonus features
The good fairy is activated at random and is there to help you acquire some extra credits from time to time.
During the Fairy Magic Spin, she will award you with a cluster of 5 to 9 medium symbols.
The Fairy Surprise will change lower paying symbols in higher paying symbols until one or more winning combinations are made.
The best mini feature with the highest potential is the Fairy Wild feature, where 3 or 4 wilds will appear on reels 2, 3 and 4. On top of that, the sticky wild feature will start: you get one free respin and will earn extra respins as long as new wild symbols appear on the screen.
Red Riding Hood main bonus feature: choose one of three bonus games
When three blue treasure chests appear on reels 1, 3 and 5 the main bonus feature is activated. It is up to you to pick one of the treasure chests and win one the following bonuses: the coin bonus, the free spins bonus en the Beware the Wolf bonus.
The Coin Bonus
The least desirable bonus of the three. You will be awarded 15 times your total stake. Boring!
The Free Spins Bonus
You are awarded 10 free spins. For every treasure chest that appears on the screen, you will get 2 extra free spins. Get three treasure chests and you will retrigger for 10 spins. The sticky wild feature is also active during this bonus, which can very hit-or-miss. We have won anywhere between 2x and 130x our stake.
The Beware the Wolf bonus
Without a doubt, the best bonus of the bunch. Red Riding Hood is taken to a new screen where she needs to advance by throwing dice. Along the way, she can pick up credits, multipliers or the dreaded cross. The first two will grow your winnings, the last one will end the bonus. The further Red Riding Hood advances on the board, the bigger the prizes. Should you make it to the end, you will win 200x your stake plus all the credits you picked up along the way. A fun and exciting bonus feature.
We quite like the Red Riding Hood pokie, though it is no more than a solid release. Graphically is it vert well done but we can’t help but feel Netent could have done more with the storyline. The Big Bad Wolf only makes an appearance in one of the bonus features and grandmother is nowhere to be found. What the good fairy has to do with Red Riding Hood, we will never know.
The bonus features (with exception of the Coin Win bonus) are a lot of fun but kind of miss the really big winning potential. All in all, 3 and a half stars from us.
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