It’s not that fairytale slots have suddenly become all the rage – they have always been popular. Take NetEnt’s Fairytale Legends Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel And Gretel or Microgaming’s own Big Bad Wolf slot as perfect examples. This time 2by2 Gaming partners with Microgaming to deliver its own take on the Brothers Grimm legend with Hansel & Gretel Treasure Trail Slot.And, with five reels, 60 paylines, free spins and a progressive jackpot up for grabs, this is one slot that can make all our fantasies come true.
Where to start? As soon as we load up Hansel & Gretel Treasure Trail we know we are in for a visual treat. The reelcase is six rows high by five reels wide, filling up our screens and immersing us in the fantasy slots action. The enchanted wood is our backdrop with the path to the gingerbread house trailing off beside the reels and littered with breadcrumbs. A rather ominous looking red-eyed owl glares at us from his perch on a tree branch. Creepy.
Less creepy are the lush visuals on the reels. Hansel and Gretel – looking like they’re all grown up and benefitting from a Hollywood makeover – are our top-paying symbols, with the mean-looking Witch following next up. A bag of Gold, Swan and Axe come next up as the medium-payers, while the low-payers take shape in much more standard 10s through Aces. All medium and high symbols can appear stacked on reels 1 and 2 up to six symbols high, delivering serious win potential across the game’s 60 paylines. The Gingerbread House is our Wild symbol, and can also appear stacked.
Our eyes might be drawn to the lavish visuals, but they are also intrigued by the Silver, Gold, Ruby and Diamond Jackpots that sit beside the reel case. We land the chance to win these jackpots randomly, with the Treasure Jackpot Game launching and delivering the sweetest of surprises. Faced with a set of drawers within the gingerbread house (the furniture kind) we must open the drawers to match jackpot symbols. When we find three symbols we win the corresponding progressive jackpot. Tasty.
The game’s main bonus game, however, is a Free Spins feature that launches when we land three or more Bonus Scatters anywhere across the reels. We can win between 8-50 free spins, depending how many Scatters we land to launch the feature. All wins are doubled throughout and, with the chance to retrigger the game, there is every chance that we will emerge from this wood with the kind of loot that would change any woodcutter family’s life.
There is so much going on in the Hansel & Gretel Treasure Trail slot that we are constantly engaged. At first, the six rows can seem confusing as they don’t seem to relate to each other, but we quickly get that they are effectively two semi-independent sets of three rows by five reels. Stacked symbols on reels 1 and 2 allow for crossover wins, but it is the Free Spins feature and the ultra rewarding progressive Treasure Jackpot Game that we are really on the hunt for in this classic fantasy slot.