When Triple Edge Studios teamed up with Microgaming, we knew we can always expect something good. Wicked Tales: Dark Red online slot is the first in the series of amazing offerings that have come out of this union. Adapted from the popular Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale, Triple Edge now adds a sinister twist to the story to give us a horror theme.
Meet the little Red Riding Hood of the famed fairy tale, who has now become a beautiful young lady. The old granny in the fairy tale is replaced by a male vampire who lures our lovely lady into a forest that is named Ravenmire to bolster the dark theme. The forest provides an appropriate backdrop to the five reels. Find the small hut from the original fairy tale on the right of your game window.
Visually, Wicked Tales: Dark Red is great-looking with vivid colours and sharp graphics. The haunting music with dramatic crescendos accompanies every winning spin.
The slot features a section of 3 connected reels with 4 rows. These reels spin together and move around the reels to settle in random positions. At one point they’re on the first 3 reels, another point on the middle 3 reels and finally on the last 3 reels. Their movements will alter the pay line pattern while the number of pay lines remains fixed at 25. These wandering reels contain 3×3 jumbo symbols which enhance your potential with big wins. Wandering reels has certainly become the signature feature of developers at Triple Edge Studios. You’ve already encountered it if you played their Halloween slot.
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The oddly shaped reels feature 4 premium symbols- a tile with a pendant, the male vampire, the wolf and the Red Riding Hood. Other theme-related symbols include candles, a pouch of gold coins and a brooch. These are medium value symbols. Low-value symbols are the playing card symbols A, K, Q and J royals.
Top valued is the female character, the Red Riding Hood, which pays 80 times for 5 of a kind. The Dark Red logo is the game's wild. It substitutes for all the regular symbols on the reels bar the moon scatter to create more winning combinations. It also pays as impressive as the Red Riding Hood. Other payouts range from 1.20 to 20 times your total stake.
Your trip into the woods will cost from the minimum 25p up to 200 coins. Payouts start with at least 3 matching symbols on the reels. The autoplay option allows you to automate from 10 to 100 spins whenever you choose to.
The size of your win in the base game depends on the value of those symbols contributing to a winning combination as well as the size of your stake.
Wicked Tales: Dark Red is a medium variance slot with an RTP at 96.10%. You can expect lengthy sessions of spinning on a minimum budget and a regular flow of small wins with the slot's potential peaking at 5000 times your total stake during the bonus round.
Things become more exciting when you land 3 moon scatters anywhere on the reels. This triggers the Wolf's Bonus Wheel that guarantees you an interesting mini-game round that can take the shape of the forest fortune pick bonus or the free spins round. Meanwhile, also featured on the wheel are wedges with cash wins of up to 20 times your stake. You'll spin the bonus wheel while landing these cash prizes until one of the bonus round is triggered.
This is a pick and click bonus that comes with up to 10 bags of gold coins, an axe and a wolf. Pick a bag of coins and win prizes from 1 to 5 times your stake. Successful picks will earn you a multiplier that advances from 1x to 10x if you manage all the 10 picks. An axe will earn you an extra pick while the wolf will bring the bonus round to an end. The final multiplier will also apply to the total wins for the entire round. You'll also receive a special reward of 20 times your total stake for finding the 10 bags, but this will not be multiplied.
Hit a wedge with one of the four high-value symbols, and you'll be awarded 9 free spins. While you'll not retrigger the round, the triggering symbol will substitute all other high-value symbols in the round to provide you with more potential for mega wins.
Superb graphics and nicely constructed bonus features are what you get playing this slot. The maximum win of 5000 times your stake is certainly enticing. And we find that sinister twist added to the original fairy tale narrative a clever move.