Wed, Feb 27, 2:54am by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:27pm
The Story of Little Red Riding Hood – Like You Never Saw It Before!
Most people are familiar with the story of Little Red Riding Hood. This involves the unlikely situation of a wolf taking the place of grandma. The characters from that tale all appear on the reels of Miss Red from IGT. You’ll find the lady in red a little more glamourous than you might remember. You’ll also find cool sound effects including a bass-heavy soundtrack and growling of the wolf while you spin.
IGT have introduced a unique game-play element with this game. Expanding symbols can happen on any spin – and will sometimes lead to big wins. There is also a free spins bonus game where expanding symbols are even more likely.
Here is what to look out for when you visit grandma’s cottage:
Instead of needing to start winning combinations on the left-hand reel, you can start them from anywhere with Miss Red.
With a minimum 3 of a kind needed to trigger a win, 3 matching symbols on reels 3, 4 and 5 or 4 matching symbols on reels 2 through 5 will trigger a prize. Those wins are all-ways, so those symbols can appear anywhere on consecutive reels.
Making wins even more likely is the expanding symbols system. This happens with Miss Red and Wolf symbols. If you get 2 of them the same row (there are 4 rows and 5 reels), they will join up.
For example, if you get a Miss Red symbol on reel 1 and reel 5 in the 2nd row down, they join. You will see a graphic while they expand, with Miss Red skipping through the woods – and then be paid for a 5 of a kind. This also happens with the wolf symbols. With the all-ways system in play, individual matching symbols will also help to increase your wins.
Bonus symbols appear on the middle 3 reels only. You need all 3 to trigger the main bonus feature, which has two stages.
First, you see a scene inside granny’s cottage. On a bed is the wolf, dressed as gran. In the foreground there are 5 bunches of flowers. You pick one of these, which gives you a number of free spins between 4 and 8.
The free spins have an interesting twist for the expanding symbols. In the base game the wolf and Miss Red symbols work independently. In the bonus spins they work together. If you get a Miss Red and Wolf on the same row, they will expand together – creating double symbols.
With so many more expanding symbols happening, you have plenty of potential for big wins!
With the all-ways (Multiway Xtra) system in play, there are 1024 winning combinations crossing the 5 reels of this pokie. You can spin in increments of 45 cents. Auto-play works well with this game, you can choose up to 50 spins at a time.
Line hits are small compared to many games. Your big wins come from the times those expanding symbols give you 20+ line hits at once. The expanding Miss Red and Wolf get you 50 and 40 coins for 5 respectively. Granny and the Woodcutter have bigger prizes at 150 and 125 coins (though don’t expand). Next come woodland creatures, flowers and mushrooms.
Compared to many fairy tale pokies, the feel of Miss Red is decidedly dark. The reels are backed in black with a night-time view of the forest visible above the reels. The driving bass of the theme tune adds to the mysterious feel. This tune speeds up for the free spins bonus.
The animations where the symbols expand are excellent. For the wolf expanding symbols you see a silhouette of a wolf bounding through the forest – for Miss Red this is replaced by a skipping lady. In general, the symbols are bright – looking hand drawn.
This popular online pokie shows IGT innovating once again. The success of Miss Red has led to another game using the expanding symbols system – Miss White. With all-ways wins and a lot of expanding symbols, the game-play might sound complex. You’ll tune in very fast – and be looking for matching symbols to expand before you know it! The free spins bonus sees wolf and Miss Red symbols combine. This gives you a lot more expansions, and a lot more opportunities to line up those big wins.