Tue, Aug 13, 6:24pm by Mia Chapman
Last Updated Sat, Oct 5, 4:12am
Even by the standards of fairy tales, Hansel and Gretel is bizarre. This is part of the famous ‘Brothers Grimm’ series. It involves two kids who get lost in a forest. They come across a witches’ house – which is made of candy – getting trapped in the process. This pokie from NetEnt certainly has some magic to it, too. With plenty of animations, and backgrounds which change from day to night.
Hansel and Gretel pokies work well on mobile devices. This does not mean this slot game is short on features. Far from it. There are 3 random on-reel extras, wild respins, a free spins game and a picks bonus round to enjoy. Here are the reasons playing Hansel and Gretel will help you live happily ever after:
Wilds are an unusual choice of symbol. These show a path, which is made of cracked red earth, and has doves pecking at it (and cooing). If one lands partially on a reel, it simply behaves as a wild symbol – creating wins as a substitute.
If it lands fully on the reels, it is held in place while a free respin occurs. This gives you two shots at big wins. If another one lands fully on the reels, both are held – and so on until you either fill the reels or fail to hit a new one.
3 more extras come via an animated fairy. You’ll spin as normal, and the fairy appears over the reels. She flies to the right and waves her wand. This can create groups of the high paying logo symbols, wild reels or can substitute one of the symbols for wilds.
Classic treasure chest symbols appear on reels 1, 3 and 5. You need all 3 to trigger one of 3 awards. The chests expand with the reels disappearing, and you’ll simply click one to open it.
Cash awards are always nice, though you’ll be hoping for one of the 2 features instead. These are free spins and the Candy Cottage picks bonus.
Free spins see a sequence where a bird holds a medallion. You get 12 spins to start – and will play against the background of a star-filled night sky. During these free spins, any chest appearing on the reels will open to give you 2 extra spins. These are frequent enough to add to your spins most of the time you hit this feature.
The Candy Cottage bonus is a picks game. This is set in a house shape, and you’ll choose 3 candies to reveal win multipliers. You then get to take an average, or to pick again – adding a (minor) strategy element to this game.
While there are 10 win-lines (crossing a 5×3 grid), this is not the end of the story. Wins can start from any reel – not just the left. This means you can hit 4 of a kind wins on reel 2 to 5, and 3 of a kind wins from reel 3. When you get wild reels, this can make a big difference.
The pokie logo is the highest paying symbol. This is followed by the heads of the two children. What better symbols to use for the fillers than candy? These are different shaped, and bold, glowing colours.
While not immediately obvious, the two children from the fairy story are part of the background. They face you from the very bottom right and left. When you spin the reels, they will turn around and walk – presumably into the forest.
The reels are transparent, with the moon looming large over them and trees either side. Bright candies and golden frames showing the children appear on them. Fairy animations are spectacular, and the wilds she brings are always welcome. There are more animations, including the doves on the wilds and treasure chests. An operatic score accompanies your play, adding to the magical feel.
There is more going on with NetEnt’s Hansel and Gretel than first meets the eye. This includes on-reel features, many of which are heralded by the appearance of a fairy over the reels. Wild respins can quickly escalate into big wins too. With free spins easy to extend, plus a picks game, there is every chance that the main characters will live happily ever after!