Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood is the first in a new series of games from the ever-popular NetEnt software provider. Most of us possess fond memories of our favourite childhood stories and the Scandinavian developer is clearly hoping to take advantage of this.

Presentation

Upon opening Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood you are treated to a beautiful introduction and a preview of the games feature set. You cannot fail to be impressed by the delightfully smooth animations and the sharpness and detail of the bright and colourful high-resolution graphics. NetEnt have chosen to include atmospheric sound effects rather than repetitive background music which makes this one of the few games that won’t have you reaching for the mute button after a few minutes!

How To Play

Most players should find the buttons and controls immediately familiar and the game detects and adapts itself to take full advantage of the capabilities of your laptop, tablet or smartphone. The mobile version of the game utilises an alternative user interface which has been specifically designed for touchscreen devices.

Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood Features

There’s lots to see in Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood including three features which activate randomly during the base game, plus a bonus mode with three outcomes. It’s an exciting mix that ensures you’ll need to play at least a few thousand spins before you’ve got a feel for the true winnings potential of this game.

Random features which can occur before, during or after any spin:

  • A Fairy Magic Spin – adds a cluster of up to 9 matching symbols anywhere on the reels.
  • The Fairy Surprise – changes the reels after a losing spin to form a winning combination.
  • Fairy Wild Spin – adds up to four wilds and awards a free re-spin.

When three scatters appear on the reels, select a chest to receive one of the following:

  • A fixed prize of 15x your stake. This is the outcome most players will hope to avoid!
  • The pathway bonus game. Spin the wheel to collect cash prizes of up to 200x your stake.
  • Ten free spins with additional wilds and extra spins whenever a chest symbol lands on the reels.

Additionally, a free re-spin is awarded after any spin featuring two or more wild symbols. All wilds become sticky and further respins will continue until no new wilds appear on the reels.

Summary

This game has a very respectable RTP of 96.33%. The maximum win from a single spin is very low at just 400x stake. On the other hand, the game is theoretically capable of awarding several of these jackpots consecutively during a single free spins round. As a result, the 400x figure is perhaps not an accurate indicator of the payout potential of this machine.

Overall this seems to be a solid start for the Fairytale Legends series. It’s a beautiful slot with many great features, and it’s going to be exciting to see which themes NetEnt will choose for future releases.