No surprises for long term players of NetEnt slots. The new Hansel and Gretel slot is a visual treat. Bright, vibrant and beautifully well drawn. The audio too is excellent, it might not have quite the cheeky fun impact of games like Go Banana’s
but, it does perfectly fit the theme. The strange scrolling background from Red Riding Hood makes a return in the game too, although, this time, Hansel & Gretel are strolling off into the distance rather than across the screen. We actually prefer this as the preceding system did tend to make you feel a little dizzy after a while.
The paytable isn’t the most rewarding in the NetEnt range when it comes to individual wins. Even the game logo, the most valuable symbol, can only muster 400 coins for a full set of five. Given there are only ten lines in play you might be forgiven for thinking that multiple combinations are therefore difficult and the overall rewards low. You would be wrong my fellow slot players. Despite a high hit ratio, the game still has decent pay-out potential thanks to a multitude of bonus features throughout the game. The most common is a wild feature where if you can catch a stacked wild in any single spin you trigger a re-spin and the wilds remain in place. This occurs win or lose on the initial spin. In addition, you will find the Fairy Wonder Spin, Fairy Surprise and Fairy wild spin which all appeared in the original game, albeit with different names, and likewise here are randomly awarded.
In our experience, the most exciting feature to land is the Fairy Wonder Spin. This is a cluster bonus where anything from five to nine game logos are overlaid on the reel grid and grant a re-spin. Bear in mind this is the top symbol in the game so a big cluster can instantly grant a very large combination win with absolutely no warning. No ‘Wonder’ they named it such! Of course, even if you don’t hit a win, you might well have a second chance thanks to Fairy Surprise. This is a random feature awarded on any no win spin which constantly transforms reel icons until a win is hit. It tends to be lower value but we aren’t ones to turn our noses up at a consolation prize.
Last up is the Fairy Wild spin which seems to be the least likely to hit and the highest volatility of these features. Two full stacks of wilds appear out of nowhere and, after the initial win is awarded, another re-spin occurs.