This is the tale of little red riding hood, only this time she’s all grown up and it’s the wolf who has better watch out in this Wicked Tales Dark Red mobile slot.
This femme fatal has a dark past, and her quest through the foreboding forest of Ravenmire has nothing to do with meeting grandma.
Oh no. She’s got far more carnal plans for her little cottage in the woods and it involves a man who is only a man some of the time, as this fairytale slot mixes werewolves and fables in a strange but effective way.
This is a wickedly dark theme, but one that has been well done by Triple Edge Studios for Microgaming. So much so in fact, that we could totally understand why you’d want to meet either of our two main characters in the deep, dark, wood.
If you’ve played the Halloween game this Dark Red slot will feel fairly familiar.
Mostly it’s because you get the same set of wandering reels, where 3×4 blocks of reels move from left to center to right randomly. You always have 25 paylines, but within these slightly taller moving reels, you get mega symbols.
These Jumbo blocks can land totally or partially within these 3 reels, adding an extra element of visual thrill, especially as it’s only the high paying symbols that come in blocks.
We were fully hooked, and then we discovered the bonus wheel.
When you first get 3 scatters, you trigger a wheel of fortune bonus that will keep spinning as long as you catch any of the instant win prizes.
You are then guaranteed to play either a pick me game, which gives you mediocre wins and (in our opinion) is the least interesting feature of this Wicked Tales slot game.
What you really want is the free spins where the lovers are headed to grandmas cottage and there you’ll be greeted with only one high paying symbol on screen.
Why is that good? Because that high paying symbol replaces all other high paying symbols, meaning there are loads of them on the screen. It generally pays very well.
This Wicked Tales Dark Red game probably won’t have you living happily ever after, but you might walk away with a healthy bite of goodies, and isn’t that what a good Halloween style online game is all about?
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|Mobile Slot released||September 2018|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Software||Triple Edge Studio|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 25 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||3.9% / 96.1%|
|Min/Max bet||0.25 / 200|
|Free spins||9 Free Spins / One High paying Symbols|
|Bonus rounds||Wandering Reels, Mega Symbols, Wilds, Scatters, Free Spins, Instant Cash Bonus, Click Me Game|
Wandering Reels and Jumbo Blocks: These reels are made up of a group of 3 reels that always spin together. They also move around, so they sit by the left, in the middle, or to the right of the 5 reels.
These wandering reels are important because they contain Jumbo Blocks, or Mega Symbols, that fill a 5x4 total space and are always one of the high paying symbols.
During the base game, these wandering reels wander randomly, but in the free spins, they move from left to right and back again.
Wolf Wheel Bonus: Get 3 bonus symbols and you'll trigger the Wolf wheel where you spin and catch:
You can win more than one cash prize as you'll keep spinning until you hit option 2 or 3.
Forest of Fortunes Pick Bonus: Player picks from cash prizes. Every time a cash prize is revealed, the multiplier on the top will move by one, and will apply to the next win.
The bonus ends when you find all 10 cash prizes or you get the stopper symbol.
Free Spins Bonus: On the wolf wheel bonus, the free spins are represented by one of the high paying symbols.
Why? Because when you play your 9 free spins, that symbol is the only one to show up instead of the other high paying symbols - meaning you have lots of these over the 25 paylines.
The wandering reels and the mega symbols work much the same way.
We had really good fun playing on this Wicked Tales Dark Red slot on mobile. We are big fans of the wandering reels and mega symbols, giving the base game an edge that is reflected in it's adult theme.
You probably won't catch the free spin bonus often enough to make this truly satisfying, but as mid variance games go, there's enough wins with the mega blocks to feel you might not need the Dark Red bonus anyway.
Add a decent 0.25 minimum bet up to 200 a spin, and this is perfect for all budgets.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: October 6, 2021 - Rating