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Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood slot from NetEnt

Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood slot from NetEnt
Naturally for such a giant as NetEnt (dominating for over a decade already in the online casino industry) to have come up with such a project as the Fairytale Legends trilogy. Red Riding Hood slot released in 2016 is the first part of this promising series.

Beautifully animated, with impressive graphics and sounds, as expected Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood slot is also filled with many surprises and magic features. In fact, this is one of the most feature-rich games known - with 7 different bonus features in total. One might say even over-charged with options. 

Diversity and excitement, that is good for the game, yes? Well, some players do complain about the lack of originality to the fairy-tale symbols- like the Wolf, the Grandma, and the Basket with treats in the basic game. Others think that the developer should’ve enabled the game with higher variance and perhaps with some mega wins available. However, the slot is extremely popular and appeals to many (even to serious gamblers) with its high entertainment suitable for any leisure time.

The slot has Low-Medium Volatility with an initial RTP of 96.33%. The RTP allows obtaining a positive mathematical expectation of winning in the casino.

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Personal testers’ opinion (Review and recommendations from the testers’ team)

This is the first slot from the Fairytale Legends trilogy. In our humble opinion, it is simpler than the other 2 slots in the series. Compared to the Mirror Mirror slot (with 243), has a smaller number of pay lines, but yet more than the pay lines of the Hansel and Gretel slot (with 10). 

Similarly to the other Fairytale Legends, Red Riding Hood slot:

  • Has like the other 2 slots - not only a bonus game but also extra features in the regular base mode.
  • Has the same stretching winning cycle and the same method of gradual selection of balance with increasing intervals between the large winning.
  • Has the same mediocre payouts on all the features.
  • In fact here too, the whole paytable is a bit “cheap”- 80x the total bet for 5OAK top symbol the ‘FL’ logo.
  • Has like the other 2 slots - an absence of payout for the Wild symbols, and no Scatter symbols. That removes a lot of additional winning chances from these 3 games.

Throughout our game test period we made the following observations:

Regarding the base game

  • The Fairy that flies from the center and triggers additional Sticky Wilds, is handing out very little winnings (due to the small number of pay lines). 
  • The fairy that flies from the right side changing symbols into a cluster of the same kind can give a good reward, but only if the symbols are located on the pay line, and still it will be less than at the Mirror Mirror slot. 

Regarding the bonus game:

  • The frequency of triggering the bonus game is quite low. 
  • The Free Spins here are different. With this slot, you can get re-trigger after re-trigger, sometimes string of even more than 100 Free Spins. This chain of action is typical for the games produced by companies like Novomatic and Amatic, but not something usual for NetEnt. Regardless of the huge amount of spins awarded, the winning from them is usually small, again due to the small number of lines and the unremarkable payouts you get on them.
  • We must admit that nor does the base game, nor the bonus game give massive winnings at Red Riding Hood. During our testing, the winnings from the Free Spins did not exceed the maximum value of 150x bets and on average were in the range of 20x to 40x total bets, which is very small considering the low frequency of their falling out. (i.e. you are waiting so long to happen, and once you receive them they are insufficient.
  • Because of the many features available, the payouts for each one of them is likely to be reduced and lesser in amount. That will say that players, who desire to win a huge amount of money will better find another slot.

Hidden parameters and settings of the slot (data from testing)

  • The frequency of triggering of the bonus free spins feature is statistically every 263rd spin (0.38%).
  • The probability of a hit (any winning) is 19,97%.
  • The distribution of the winnings is 83% in the main game and 17% in the bonus.
  • The maximum payout during the tests was 212x.
  • The average winning from the bonus was 38x.
  • Volatility is 4,85 out of 20 (from low to average).
  • Cycle length is short (stretching).
  • The rating of the slot machine for the wagering is 5,74 out of 10.
  • RTP of 96.33% allows getting a positive mathematical expectation of winning at a Canadian online casino.

Slot’s symbols and features

  • This is a slot with a simple 5x3 layout and 20 pay lines.
  • Matching symbols in any position on 3+ adjacent reels (except ‘FL’ logo- 2 reels)
  • The low paid symbols are the 5 playing cards: A, K, Q, J, and 10.
  • The high paid symbols are the Fairytale ‘FL’ logo (top paid symbol), followed by the Shield, the Key, the Rose, and the Book.
  • Good news – 2x ‘FL’ logos on adjacent reels are paid combination.

Wilds

The wild symbol is the Red Riding Hood herself - appears only on reels 2, 3, and 4 in the base game, but can appear on all the reels in the Free Spins.

Sticky Wild Re-spins

When 2 or more Wilds appear on the reels in the base game, they act as Sticky Wilds and award a Sticky Re-Spin.

Bonus symbol

There is no Scatter symbol here, instead, there is a Bonus symbol – 3 Chests - appearing only on reels 1, 3, and 5. It can award: Free Spins, Coin Win, and the feature - Beware the Wolf.

3x Random Fairy features during the base game

  • Fairy Magic Spin - The Fairy may come and create a Cluster of 5 to 9 same medium symbols, which after the reels are spun can form even further combinations.
  • Fairy Surprise - In case there is no winning during the regular spin, the Fairy may come and choose one medium paid symbol, changing other low paid symbols into the chosen one. 
  • Fairy Wild Spin - The Fairy may come and turn regular symbols into 3 or 4 Wild symbols on reels 2, 3, and 4. After the win line is paid, Sticky Wild Re-spin is activated.

3x features during the bonus game

  • Free Spins - After you select this Chest 10 Free Spins are awarded, where Wilds can appear on each reel. 2+Wilds will launch Re-spin, where Wild symbols are sticky, and the reels will be scrolled again.
  • Coin Win - After you select this Chest you will be rewarded with a cash prize of 15x your stake.
  • Beware the Wolf feature - This is a walk with Red Riding Hood on the map. The further you pass, the higher your payout will be. Hitting the collect button ends the adventure.

Specifications

  • Slots provider – NetEnt.
  • A number of reels – 5.
  • A number of pay lines – 20 (always active).
  • One coin value – from 0.01 to 1.
  • A number of coins per line – from 1 to10.
  • Bet size range – from 0.20 to 200.
  • The maximum winning is x400 (5 logos of the slot).
  • Wild symbol – yes (Red riding hood launches the spins).
  • Scatter – yes (Chest).
  • Bonus free spins – yes (it is triggered with the help of the bonus game).
  • Bonus game – yes (three symbols Chest start games at choice, it will allow winning participation in the bonus game, free spins or prize-winning payment).
  • Volatility – from low to average.
  • Expected payout percentage (RTP) in the slot – 96,33%.

How to win at Red Riding Hood slot? (Conclusion)

  • As usual, our first advice is to test the game in DEMO mode before starting to play for real money. 
  • Although the slot is in the middle line with its wagering index, it does not keep your balance well and, accordingly, this machine is not suitable to complete the bonus requirements.
  • According to us and many casino specialists, Red Riding Hood is not the best choice for bonus hunters. You can try to complete the requirements on the bonus money, but there are many more suitable NetEnt slots for that.
  • We can conclude that this slot is not suited for long sessions. 
  • The recommended balance of around 100x-150x bets. 
  • You can try to make 20 - 30 spins (with stake approximately 1/100 of your balance) to trigger one of the bonus games, and if that happens - move to another slot after this. If you are not fortunate to trigger any of the 3 bonus games in the length of a max of 30 - 35 spins, better change the slot at this point. 
  • We advise you to play with medium stakes for the first time and leave after 2 or 3 big wins (50x+).  

Where to play?

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Written by Kamen Valev
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