Fri, Sep 13, 4:09am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Wed, Oct 9, 6:12am
When a pokie studio makes a sequel, they often go one of two ways. Sometimes the gameplay stays the same, with an overhaul of the design and graphics. Other times the game is different, though recognizable from the original. With the follow up to the original Enchanted Garden, Realtime Gaming has added elements of both.
The design is new, with brighter symbols and new creatures. The gameplay is almost the same as on the first game, though this time there is an extra free spins bonus. You’ll notice that the unicorns and butterflies have gone. These have been replaced by a wistful looking gnome and a magic frog!
The fairy princess makes a return for Enchanted Garden 2. Not only will she double wins, but she also has an important role to play in triggering both variations of the free spins bonus. Here are the magical highlights of this hotly anticipated update:
Free spins are triggered in the same way as on the original Enchanted Garden pokies. You need a scattered fountain symbol on reel 1, and the fairy queen to appear on reel 5 on the same spin. Before you start your bonus, there is now an additional step.
You need to click on the fairy queen symbol. This will reveal which of the two different free spins bonuses you get.
The first one is the ‘Firefly Free Spins’. This is the same as the main feature on the previous version. You get 7 free spins, and all wins are tripled. Wins with the wild symbols (fairy Queen) are also doubled, giving you the potential for 6x multipliers.
Higher paying symbols (gnomes, frogs, and princesses) all have overlays showing a firefly. When you get 3+ fireflies on a single spin, you will get 3 additional free spins. This replaces traditional retriggers, which are not possible.
Fairy Queen free spins are even better. This time you will get 10 free spins. The firefly overlay system is still in place to extend your bonus. What is better is that you get extra wild fairies on reels 2 and 4. These give you a better shot at the big line wins. Remember that the 2x and 3x multipliers will combine, giving you the potential for 6x on some bigger wins. Again, retriggers only occur with the fireflies.
Scatter symbols show a beautiful multi-tiered fountain. These are scatters, and award prizes independently of the 25 win-lines. You get a prize for the total in view when the reels stop.
Enchanted Garden 2 goes big on scatter prizes for the maximum 5 in view. This will award you 500x your triggering bet. The other scatter prizes are more down to earth, with 25x your bet for 4, 5x for 3 and 1x for 1 in view.
You can adjust the number of win-lines, speed and line bets before you take Enchanted Garden 2 for a spin. There is also an auto-play option.
Gnomes replace unicorns as the highest paying symbol. Without the fairy wilds, this is worth 2500 coins for 5. Wilds will double that prize. Next comes a green ring (1000 coins for 5). A frog and bunch of flowers complete the higher paying symbols. Playing cards have all been given a floral makeover for this pokie.
Compared to the original, the design of Enchanted Garden 2is detailed and bright. The idea behind the reels is the same. You will see mature trees. What is different is the 100’s of coloured flowers carpeting the forest floor.
Improvements in the design continue onto the reels. The fairy is more detailed. She waves a magic wand when involved in wins. The scattered fountain is a lot more impressive than in the last game too.
If you enjoyed the original, then Enchanted Garden 2 from RTG will not disappoint. This is close enough in both design and game play to feel instantly familiar. There are some big benefits to choosing the more recent pokie. First, the design is a lot better. With more detail, excellent animations and tranquil music, everything works well together. From the game play, the boost to scatter wins is certainly welcome. A second free spins variation with way more wild symbols is the highlight. This has plenty of potential to let your bankroll blossom!