Fairytale Legends: Hansel and Gretel is an online slot machine that was released by Net Entertainment in April 2017.
It is the second instalment of the Fairytale Legends series of slots, after the very enjoyable Red Riding Hood slot. The Hansel and Gretel slot is based on the famous fairytale Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm.
The Hansel and Gretel slot is a 5 reel, 10 win line slot that comes packed with mystery features, surprises, free spins and stacked wilds.
Visually, this slot machine looks like an almost exact copy of Red Riding Hood, which is a bit of a let down for us. One thing that does please us a lot more is the return to player of 96.71%. Netent slots continue to pay out more than online slots of other providers. Netent slots pay out at least 1% to 1.5% more than most other online slots. It is no wonder Netent slots are so very popular amongst UK online casino players.
Hansel and Gretel has a low variance – you will get a lot of playing time, but it is quite hard to win a lot of money. It is an ideal slot, however, to play through the bonus wagering requirements.
Hansel and Gretel features
The number of pay lines is fixed at 10 and the slot is played on a 5 reel, 3 rows playing grid. Winning combinations can be formed in 3 ways:
- From left to right
- In the middle
- From right to left
The background music and sounds fit the theme well: from the strange sounds of the forest to the happy sounds when the Mystery Fairy appears – it is a solid production in typical Netent style. The betting range will suit both the casual low roller as the serious High Roller: from as little as 10p per spin up to £200 per spin.
The Fairytales symbol (FL) is stacked and is the highest paying symbol: 5 of these on an active pay line pays out 400 coins.
Hansel and his sister Gretel are next in the hierarchy: both will pay out 100 coins for a 5-of-a-kind. The brightly coloured candies may look very appealing but are worth a lot less.
The maximum payout per spin is 4,000 coins, which amounts to 400 x your total stake. To get that payout, you will need to get a full screen of Fairytales symbols.
Hansel and Gretel Bonus Features
This slot is packed to the brim with bonus features and mystery bonus features. Some are activated by the well known 3 scattered treasure boxes, and others are activated at random by the Good Fairy, who pops up from time to time.
The Stacked Wild Re-Spin
When 1 or more fully stacked wild reels appear on the screen, the Stacked Wild Re-spin Feature is triggered. The reel(s) with Wilds are held for one spin. Should you land another full reel of wilds, the process is repeated. After the final spin all wins are paid out.
There are 3 Mystery Features that are all triggered by the Good Fairy:
- The Fairy Wild Spin: 2 full stacks of Wild symbols appear on the reels, and one free re-spin is awarded
- The Fairy Wonder Spin: one spin is awarded where the Fairy places between 5 and 9 FL symbols on the screen
- The Fairy Surprise: one symbol is chosen, and other symbols are turned into this symbol – often good for substantial payouts
The Bonus Features of Hans and Gretel
The main bonus feature is activated when 3 scattered Treasure Chests appear on reels 1, 3 and 5.
You get to pick one of the Treasure Chests and win one of these bonus features:
The Candy House Bonus
You are taken to the witches' Candy House where you get to pick 3 sweets. These sweets are worth up to 120 x your stake. Next, all the sweets are removed until only three sweets remain. You can choose to take an offer for a payout, or you can risk it and choose one candy, which will award a credit amount. This bonus takes a little bit of strategy and some guts for the best results.
The Free Spins Bonus
You are awarded 10 free spins. These spins do not come with extra features such as multipliers. Thankfully, you earn extra free spins when Treasure Chests appear during the free spins. Fully Stacked Wilds award a Wild Re-Spin.
You win a prize of 15 times your total stake. Try to avoid this low paying and boring bonus.
Most of the Hans and Gretel bonus features do not pay out a lot – expect an average payout of around 30 x – to 50 x you stake with the main bonus features.
Our verdict on the Hansel and Gretel slot
Hansel and Gretel is not one of Netent's best releases. The variance is very low and the bonuses features tend to have low payouts.
We also think a lot more could have been done with the theme, as it is this slot just feels like a lazy rehash of Red Riding Hood.
To end on a positive note, the pay out percentage of 96.71 % is outstanding which makes Hansel and Gretel an almost perfect slot to play when grinding through those pesky bonus wagering requirements.
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