There have been quite a few games based on fairy tales and old folk tales and some of them proved to be instant hits with the audience. NetEnt’s Jack and the Beanstalk is one fine example. This inspired the Swedish provider to take an even bolder step and launch a series of slots based on fairy tales, accordingly entitled Fairytale Legends.
The first game of the series was Red Riding Hood and it was quite successful, thus paving the way for the second title – Hansel and Gretel, based on the popular German tale of the little brother and sister who have been kidnapped by a witch. The tale enjoys international popularity for more than two centuries, after it was published by the Grimm brothers in 1812.
Hansel and Gretel has 5 reels, 3 rows and 10 pay-lines. The minimum wager is 1p per pay-line, which means that you can play this game with as little as 10p, whereas the maximum stake amount is £200. Hansel and Gretel can be played on desktop computers, smartphones and tablets.
The reels are transparent, set on a blue, nighty background, with animated figures of Hansel and Gretel appearing each on the either side of the reels. The sweets that Hansel and Gretel take from the witch’s house serve as the low-paying symbols. The candies are in various geometrical shapes and colours.
Hansel and Gretel, as they are the main characters are, of course, featured as symbols and they pay a lot more than the sweets. The game logo is the highest paying standard symbol, you will get 40 times your total stake for 5 a full 5-symbol pay-line. The road which our heroes walk to get out of the woods is the wild symbol, whereas a treasure chest acts as the scatter symbol that triggers bonuses.
For each £100 wagered on the game, Hansel and Gretel returns £96.70, on average, which is quite good. Such a high RTP percentage (96.70%) surely increases players’ chances of winning.
Hansel and Gretel gameplay is enriched with 6 bonus features, 3 of which are activated randomly in the main game and 3 which are triggered by the appearance of the treasure chest symbol.
The fairy surprise random feature is randomly awarded after non-winning spins. During this feature symbols turn into one randomly chosen symbol until a winning combination is formed. The maximum win during this feature is x31 the stake.
The fairy wonder spin causes a number of game logos (5 to 9) to appear randomly on the reels, with possible winnings up to 400 coins. And during the fairy wild spin bonus 2 stacks of wild symbols will emerge on reels one, two, four and five. This triggers the stacked wild re-spin, which is one of the bonus features activated by the wild symbol. The maximum win during this feature is also 400 coins.
Whenever you see the treasure chest on the first, third and fifth reel at once, it means that one of the 3 main bonuses will be activated. The coin win bonus gives you a prize worth x15 your stake which can be a lot of money if you wager the maximum amount per pay-line. With the free spins feature you will get 10 free spins, with the option of winning additional 2, 4 or 10 free spins if bonus symbols land on the first three reels.
Last but not least is the candy house bonus, where the player gets to choose 3 from a range of 15 objects. Each gives a multiplier, and once all multipliers are picked you can choose whether you want one multiplier particular multiplier or the average of all three. The maximum win here is x120 your stake.
Hansel and Gretel definitely has the potential to become not only one of the greatest NetEnt slots, but also one of the greatest slots in general. It has all the aspects that a good slot game should possess – graphics, high RTP and generous prizes. Once you start it is hard to stop playing it.
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