Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel is a 5 reel, 10 payline slot based on the famous German fairy tale. The popular legend, recorded by the Brothers Grimm, joins Red Riding Hood as part of NetEnt’s fairytale themed slots series. The game is absolutely packed full of special features, and will excite NetEnt fans and fairytale buffs alike.

Highlights

  • Slot type: Video Slot
  • Reels: 5
  • Scatter: Yes
  • Theme: Fantasy
  • Lines: 10
  • Bonus Game: yes
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • Software: NetEnt

How to Play

The regular gameplay is similar to many other 5 reel slots, but there are plenty of twists and specials. Before spinning the reels, players must first select their bets, and the betting size ranges between 10p and £200. Many vibrantly coloured symbols adorn the reels, and they include:

  • Stones of various colours.
  • Hansel
  • Gretel
  • Game logo
  • Birds
  • Treasure chest

The stone’s are the lower paying symbols, the other’s are relatively higher paying, and wins can be formed anywhere on the reels, provided you land 3 matching symbols in a row. There is also a stacked wild symbol, and the treasure chest which triggers the game’s bonus features.

Important symbols in Hansel & Gretel

  • Wild: Stacked Wild
  • Scatter: Treasure chest
  • High value symbols: Hansel, Gretel

Jackpots

Hansel & Gretel doesn’t have a progressive jackpot, and there isn’t a bonus game which allows you to play for a lucrative win. However, the game’s volatility is relatively low, and the payouts in the base game can be very high. The various bonus features come with multipliers and prizes which can also be extremely generous. The RTP currently stands at 96.7%

Special Features and Bonuses

Hansel & Gretel is loaded with bonus features, some are triggered by landing certain symbols, others are awarded randomly by a magical fairy.

Treasure Chest Bonus: This feature is activated by landing 3 treasure chests one reels 1,3, and 5. Once this happens the game asks you to pick one of the 3 treasure chests, and this in turn activates one of the following bonus features:

  • Candy Bonus House – 15 candies will be displayed, and you must pick 3 of them. After you pick, the candies will reveal a multiplier, which can range between 1.2x and 120x your total bet. You can decide to apply one of them, or take the average of all 3.
  • Free Spins – You will be awarded 10 free spins. They can be retriggered if you land 1 or more treasure chests while the feature is active.
  • Coin Win – A simple coin, equal to 15x your total bet.

Stacked Wild Respins: If a stacked wild lands on reels 2 or 4 in the regular gameplay, and covers the reels, you’ll be given respin, and the wild will be stuck in place.

The following features are awarded randomly:

  • Fairy Wonder Spin: Between 5-9 game logo symbols will suddenly appear, and help comprise winning combinations.
  • Fairy Surprise: After spinning and not winning, one symbol will be randomly selected, and other symbols will start turning into that symbol, until a winning combination is formed.
  • Fairy Wild Spin feature – 2 full stacks of Wild symbols will randomly appear on reels 1, 2, 4, and 5. Once the reels have stopped spinning, and all wins have been paid out, a Stacked Wild Re-Spin is awarded.

Graphics and Sounds

The graphics in Hansel & Gretel are very eye-catching and visually appealing. The game’s background is a dark night sky, and the two protagonists, Hansel and Gretel, can be seen wandering off to their fateful adventure. The animations are wonderfully drawn, and the overall theme comes through strongly, as the brightly glowing symbols are set against an ominous backdrop. The darker elements of the story are represented, but the slot still has a fun and light hearted feel.

Conclusion

It’s great to see NetEnt continuing their fairy tale themed slots, and Hansel & Gretel is a wonderful addition to the series. The visuals are eye-catching, the storyline is immersive, and the bonus features are very enjoyable. We especially like the random bonus, it can sometimes be frustrating playing a game for awhile and just missing out on scatter bonuses, but in Hansel & Gretel the magical fairy can appear at anytime to award your prize.

The very large betting range will appeal to both cautious gamblers, who don’t like to bet more than a few pounds at a time, and high rollers who enjoy gambling hundreds in a single sitting.