NetEnt has a habit of releasing legendary slots series. The NetEnt Rocks Tour springs instantly to mind. The Fairytale Legends series kicked off with Little Red Riding Hood in 2016 and NetEnt has followed that smash up with Fairytale Legends: Hansel & Gretel Slot. A five reel, 10 pay-line game that Pays-All-Ways. Believe us, it’s worthy of the capitals. The Fairy Godmother that appeared at random in Little Red Riding Hood returns with great effect in what is an excellently developed fairytale theme. But, then again, we wouldn’t expect anything less.
Hansel And Gretel walk into the woods either side of our reel case when we spin the reels, looking eagerly up at the game board during pauses. Not that there will be many of those. The enchanting soundtrack and fizzing sparks that accompany winning combinations ensure that we’ve got plenty of reason to keep heading on through the woods. In a super-nice touch of game design, the woods animate to give the impression of moving through them when we spin the reels. A simple yet excellent flourish that serves to elevate the game-play to the very top-drawer.
Not only do Hansel and Gretel keep us company on this adventure, but they also appear as medium-paying symbols, while our low-payers are made up of glistening pieces of candy. Only the Game Logo features as a high-paying symbol, but there are plenty of bonus features to ensure that we don’t miss a series of high-payers. Plus, this game’s Pays-All-Ways system means that any three or more symbols across a winning payline will score a winning combo, be it left-to-right, in the centre three reels or right-to-left.
What the Hansel & Gretel online slot lacks in high-paying symbols it more than makes up for in bonus features. Landing Stacked Wild Paths on reels 2 or 4 will launch the Stacked Wild Re-spin feature. Not only do we score win combos for the initial Stacked Wild win but also for any subsequent wins following the re-spin, which also then includes added Stacked Wilds on reels 1 and 5.
The Fairy Godmother that made such an impact in the Little Red Riding Hood Slot returns to similar breathtaking effect in Hansel & Gretel. Here, she bestows three bonus features completely at random – fitting for a Fairy Godmother. The Fairy Wonder Spin, Fairy Surprise and Fairy Wild Spin features overlay symbols, transform low-payers to high payers or add whole Stacked Wilds to the reels, respectively.
And then comes the game’s main bonus feature. Landing a Scattered Treasure Chest on reels 1, 3 and 5 triggers the main bonus round, in which we must open one of the treasure chests to reveal our prize. We are looking at either the Candy House Bonus, 10 Free Spins – during which additional spins can be won – or a Coin Win with x15 multiplier. The Candy House Bonus is the most intriguing. We must choose three candies from 15, each of which will reveal a hidden multiplier ranging from between x1.2 – x120. We can then choose a guaranteed win of the average of these three multipliers, or we can choose to pick one of them to go for the full lip-smacking zing.
The sheer array of bonus features make this slot a must-play. NetEnt loves in-game bonus features and excellent game-play in its online slots, and Hansel & Gretel is a release that doesn’t disappoint. It is a worthy instalment in the Fairytale Legends series and one which will have us salivating from the first spin to the last.