- Provider: Microgaming
- Reels: 5
- Paylines: 25
- Coin Value: £0.01 – £1
- Maximum Bet: £200
- RTP: 96.1%
- Maximum Payout: 500 times the bet
- Wild: Yes
- Scatter: Yes
- Bonus Game: Yes
- Free Spins: Yes
- Multiplier: Yes
- Mobile: Yes
Wicked Tales: Dark Red Slot Review
The latest Microgaming product is a rather dark version of the famous folk tale Red Riding Hood. Wicked Tales: Dark Red is a five-reel, 25-payline slot that brings mystery, adventure, a love story and plenty of opportunities for hefty payouts. Meet the beautiful Red Riding Hood, her darling Hunter, who turns into a Wolf on a full Moon, and take advantage of Wandering Reels, Jumbo Blocks and the Wolf’s Wheel Bonus, which comes with a guaranteed feature, including instant prizes of up to 20 times the bet, free spins and the Forest Fortune Pick Bonus with cash prizes. Enter the forest and look for grandma’s house!
The main protagonists of the story are the attractive Red Riding Hood and the Hunter. Watch out when the Hunter turns into a Wolf, since he can be very dangerous. The Medallion hides the picture of Red Riding Hood and her Grandmother. A Bag of Coins and a Candle with the Letter are also on the reels, as well as J-A playing cards. The Moon is used as the Scatter, while The Logo is the Wild that substitutes for all regular symbols. The Bag, the Axe and the Wolf also appear during the Forest of Fortunes Pick Bonus feature.
The reels of the 2018 release are placed in the forest, just outside grandma’s house. The Microgaming title features Wandering Reels, with three reels having four rows and move around from left to right and vice versa. Only on these reels do the 4×3 Jumbo Blocks appear and provide massive wins once they appear. Jumbo Blocks only consist of high-value symbols. Wicked Tales: Dark Red benefits from 25 paylines, which pay left to right, starting from the leftmost reel. Three of a kind is the minimum for landing payouts. Gamers can bet as low as £0.25 and as high as £200 per spin.
Land three Moon Scatters and you will trigger the Wolf’s Wheel Bonus, which guarantees one of the features to be triggered. Spin the Wheel and collect instant prizes of up to 20x the bet until you trigger the Forest of Fortune Pick Bonus, or the Free Spins feature. The Pick Bonus offers you the opportunity to open Bags that hide cash prizes. For each cash prize won, the multiplier goes up by 1. You can also get an Axe from one of the Bags, which will help you continue the feature once the Wolf appears. If you pick a Wolf and you have no Axe to defend yourselves, the feature is over.
The Free Spins feature is triggered when you land the Wolf’s Wheel on one of the high-value symbols. Gamers get 9 freebies and the high-value symbol you landed the Wheel on will replace all other high-paying symbols during the feature, meaning that you will form winning combinations more easily.
If we did our math right, spinners may land up to 500 times the bet in a single spin. If you set the bet to the max, you can expect a quite decent payout, £100,000. The Red Riding Hood and the Logo Wild offer the most, 20 times the bet for five of a kind. Trigger the Wolf’s Wheel Bonus and you will get some awesome cash prizes. Wicked Tales: Dark Red’s RTP is 96.1%.
Wicked Tales: Dark Red on Mobile
The road to grandmother’s house is not as dangerous as it used to be, because you can go through the forest and look for the wolf from the comforts of your chairs or on the go, due to the fact that the Microgaming title is playable across all devices. It’s even better to play the 2018 release on mobile gadgets, thanks to excellent game quality.
+ Wolf’s Wheel Bonus with guaranteed features
+ Instant cash prizes with multipliers in Pick Bonus
+ Playable across all devices
– Generic playing cards
– Not easy to land three Moon Scatters
– Scary theme
Maybe it’s because we are older now, but we have to be completely honest and say that we really like the latest version of the Little Red Riding Hood. There is action, drama, mystery and loads of opportunities to win big. The visuals are very good, as well as the soundtrack and there is no player in the world who doesn’t like when a Bonus game comes with instant cash prizes and guaranteed features. Wolf’s Wheel Bonus is a spot on special feature, because it really helps spinners win big, even though it will take you some time to land those three Moon Scatters. It is definitely worth the wait. We really think that the 2018 release is sure to be a great hit.