Robin Hood Wild Forest
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Although there have been a few slots based on the legendary heroic outlaw of English folklore, they are few and far between, and certainly none of any particular note. Perhaps NetEnt’s 2016 effort, Robin Hood Shifting Riches is worthy of a spin or two, but nothing more. Therefore, Red Tiger have a great opportunity to up the game of the Merry Men with Robin Hood’s Wild Forest. The question is, has it got what it takes to become the heroic Robin Hood slot of our time? Or will it just rob our cash in return for minimal enjoyment?
Robin Hood’s Wild Forest is plays on a 5x3 reel set with just the 10 paylines. It comes with a medium temperament and a slightly disappointing RTP of 95.68%. The maximum single spin win is 300x with a maximum win per game including features a fairly lowly 977x.
The bigger wins arise from the game’s three character features, and the biggest from a combination of said features. The features are triggered by the arrival of Maid Marian, Little John, and Robin Hood himself and consist of random wilds, locking symbols, and symbol upgrades. There is no bonus game or free spins round although the features may retrigger or combine.
You can play Robin Hood’s Wild Forest from 14th May 2020 and play from €0.10 to €100 per spin.
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Design & Symbols
There’s no denying, this is a handsome looking game. Red Tiger are most adept at creating authentic, top quality artwork which perfectly capture the subject matter. The scene is set underneath the branches of Major Oak, the behemoth of a tree where, as legend has it, Robin Hood and his Merry Men took shelter.
In Red Tiger’s reimagining of Major Oak, the men have in fact built a wooden dwelling beneath the branches and spread their loot in chests, sacks, and on carts all around the ground by the tree’s enormous trunk. Animated shafts of light occasionally piece the tree’s canopy while crisp, autumnal leaves gently drift down to the ground.
The gameboard rests in the middle of the screen, with the reels house in a carved wooden frame held in place with silver clasps. The background music is more a series of dark, ominous tones on a loop rather than a soundtrack, although when the character’s features are in play a more upbeat, heroic refrain accompanies play.
Low value symbols are the standard playing card royals J-A. High value symbols are a , wooden tankard, Robin’s feathered cap, a bag of gold, and a golden lion head emblem. The golden lion is the most valuable, with five on a payline awarding 30x the bet size. There are 4 wilds: a regular heart wild and the three character wilds (Maid Marian, Little John, and Robin Hood). The character wilds are also the scatter symbols, each one triggering their own feature.
- Maid Marian’s Kiss
- Little John’s Smash
- Robin Hood’s Locks
Maid Marian’s Kiss
The Maid Marian wild triggers the Maid Marian’s Kiss, whereby she blows a kiss onto the board which leaves behind a random number of wilds to guarantee a win. Maid Marian may or may not decide to retrigger her feature once no more wilds are generated.
Little John’s Smash
The not-so-little Little John wild triggers Little John’s Smash, whereby he smashes a large log down on the ground which has the effect of replacing any low value symbols on the board with high value symbols. Once any wins have been added to the player balance, it is possible that Little John smashes his log down once again to retrigger the feature and destroy all symbols that are not part of win lines and are not wilds, for a chance of more winning symbols landing.
The Robin wild triggers Robin Hood’s Locks, whereby Robin fires an arrow at a high paying symbol on the board. The arrow locks the symbol in place and a respin is awarded. Any symbols matching the locked symbol which land are also struck with an arrow and locked. Respins continue until no more matching symbols land to be locked. After the feature ends, Robin may shoot arrows again to add more symbols of the locked type whereupon respins continue.
More than one character wild landing on a regular spin causes their features to trigger one after the other. They always trigger with Marian first followed by John, then Robin. Any wild hearts created by Marian’s Kiss remain on the board throughout when she lands alongside any other character wild.
Our Thoughts on Robin Hood’s Wild Forest
Robin Hood’s Wild Forest looks good, the features can be fun and (somewhat) lucrative, and when combined you’re almost guaranteed a very nice win. However, I can’t help but feel this game represents something of a missed opportunity.
For one, considering there are only 10 paylines, the payouts for the top symbols are on the low side. Also, there is no real bonus game to speak of. Sure, the wild features can be fun, but they tend to be over fairly quickly, and have the ability to end with a not very substantial win. This would all be fair game if there was, let’s say, a free spins round to pursue.
As it is, the three ‘features’ are really just glorified reel modifiers you’d normally find as features in the base game AND bonus game of a video slot. Finally, with a single spin topping out at 300x mad, and the top payout being less than 1,000x, the potential won’t be high enough to float too many boats.
That said it’s easy to forget that there are always a bunch of noobs out there who can prefer style over substance, and this is a very stylish slot. Not everyone is looking for high variance action or for a free spins round, and to those players, Robin Hood’s Wild Forest may well appeal. I for one, however, remain unconvinced.