First play on the new NetEnt Fairytale themed slot based on the classic story of Jack and The Beanstalk almost left me a little disappointed. I do say almost and, it’s entirely my own fault. I had it in mind that this would be another very high variance title like the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy-tale slot which I adore for exactly that reason. In reality, the new game gears itself more to the NetEnt fan base which adore the bonus packed features of slots like the NetEnt rocks trilogy of Guns N Roses, Motorhead and the Jimi Hendrix slots.
Now, whilst I do generally prefer to play high stakes on higher volatility games, it isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy really entertaining slots which are packed full of bonus features. It’s this which, I am sure, is going to result in just as much of a fan following for this more medium variance title as its existing childhood fabled cousin. If anything, it also shows up the Jack and the Beanstalk slot in animation too, with an interesting mechanic where lil red’ strolls along in the background. It’s a bit dizzying sometimes but a novel feature for a character driven lot nonetheless!
Whilst the 20 pay-line and 5x3 reel structure is simple enough to set up and play, the reel action is anything but, thanks mainly to the bonuses on offer. I count seven at a look in the pay-table and it’s possible I missed a few! There’s a bet range of up to 200.00 credits on the game so there’s plenty of scope for high and low rollers alike too. In a way, this game ticks a lot of the essential boxes for a slots player without straying too far in any one area, except for the bonus features.
Coming back to the bonuses, the most common seem to be the three random bonuses triggered by treasure chest scatters. Of these, it’s the instant coin win that hits the most, followed by a free spins game that featured sticky wilds (With a reel spin) and you get the opportunity to re-trigger the free spins. Lastly is a progressive pick bonus very reminiscent of Rainbow Riches, though given the hit and miss format of these instant win type rounds I figure it’s going to award a lower value prize more often than not! There’s also three gratis spins games triggerable from the base game too. These have wilds, stacked symbols and one even has an extra novelty in that it only appears after a losing spin as a second chance style award.
The new Fairytale Legends ‘Red Riding Hood’ slot from NetEnt, as well as having a name that’s a bit of a handful, is still relatively unknown so close to release. It will take a little time to see if it plays out as well as some of the longer running titles in the range and exactly how the RTP and Variance are going to factor in. It’s certainly got more in it than classics like Starburst and it plays excellently on mobile, those two things we know already! If you want to give it a thorough run out, it’s available free to play right here on the site and there’s a list of reputable safe casinos where it can be played for real cash too!
Red Riding Hood Slot Rating
4 / 5
based on 15 player ratings