It's always intriguing when a software developer releases a sequel to one of their prior video slot games. That is exactly what Quickspin has decided to do with the release of the Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special video slot. The release date was December 1, 2020.
Aesthetically, the game is quite attractive. Throughout the game's various screens, you can see that Quickspins' software developers put a lot of effort into capturing the essence of Christmas. The game's background is built around a winter wonderland with plenty of Christmas decorations to remind players what the game is commemorating. Throughout the gameplay screens, the use of pastel colors to create the holiday is spirit is quite effective. Of course, there is not a lot of glitz, just well designed standard fare.
How Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special Works
Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special is built around a fairly standard video slot format that includes 5 reels, 3 rows, and 25 pay lines. Players can wager a minimum of .25 coins up to a maximum of 100 coins per spin. Payouts begin with three matching symbols in a row. One of the things that make Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special fun and entertaining is the way the reels cascade down instead of spinning in a normal fashion. While that feature has been around for several years, it's still a nice change of scenery for slot players who are seeking a little variety.
The lowest paying symbols are represented by playing card numbers 10 through the Ace. The remaining standard symbols are represented by a rose-colored teddy bear and the stars of the story, the three little pigs wearing winter fare (green, blue, and pink).
The game's standard wild symbol is represented by a snow-topped beehive wrapped in a red bow to commemorate Christmas. The wild symbol will serve as a replacement for any of the game's other symbols with the exception of the moon symbol (more on that below) and the scatter symbol. That's not the only wild symbol the game has to offer more. At random, any of the three little pig symbols can turn into a three little pig wild symbol. More on that in the special features section.
It's worth noting that the game's highest payout in the base game comes from landing 5-of-a-kind beehives, which pays 40x the bet. The notorious Big Bad Wolf serves as the game's scatter symbol.
Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special RTP
Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special is rated as a video slot with medium volatility. As such, players can expect to get a good balance of wins with decent payouts. The game's current RTP rating stands at 97.34%. By comparison to other slots, that percentage is well above average. It's worth noting that this game's predecessor, The Big Bad Wolf, had the same RTP.
Whatever Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special lacks in glitz, it makes up for by providing players with access to four different bonus features. Any experienced slot player will appreciate that much activity.
The first special feature is the Swooping or Cascading Reels feature. Every time the player lands a winning spin, they get paid, the winning symbols are removed, and new symbols cascade into place to create opportunities for more wins. This process will continue per spin until a non-paying spin occurs.
The second special feature actually works in conjunction with the Swooping Reels feature. This feature is called the Pigs Wild feature. After the initial winning spin, the Swooping Reels feature is initiated. During the second and third spins in the sequence, all pink pig symbols will turn into wild symbols. During the fourth and fifth spins in the sequence, the blue pig symbols will also turn into wild symbols. Finally, the green pig symbols will also turn into wild symbols during any further spins in the sequence if things progress that far.
The third special feature stars the Big Bad Wolf. If the player lands three or more scatter symbols as part of the base game, they will be rewarded with 10 free spins. Note: Free spins can be retriggered. There are no multipliers associated with free spins. However, there is the moon symbol, which was mentioned above.
The fourth special feature revolves around the moon symbol. During the free spin round, the moon symbol could appear on at random reel five. Every time this occurs, a moon symbol is added to the moon symbol accumulator. When the player accumulates six moon symbols, they ignite the Blowing Down The House feature, which results in the Big Bad Wolf blowing down the wood house to reveal two more free spin opportunities.
Admittedly, Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special would only rate about average in terms of graphics and audio features. With that said, the game screens do a good job of promoting the Christmas holiday season. What really saves this game is the sheer number of special features that exist to make sure players are always getting an opportunity to win extra money.
As stated above, it is fun to watch the reels come cascading down instead of the standard spinning action. Given the fact it's difficult to say anything negative about Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special, it's easy to recommend this game to slot players at all levels.