Why Red Riding Hood?
We only go to this much effort when it comes to the casino games we’re really excited about. So it’s worth explaining why the Red Riding Hood slot made the cut. NetEnt are in our good books after the last of their highly-publicised releases- Guns N’Roses – became a Sweet Child of…ours.
When we heard that this one was a slot rich in bonus features, just as Guns N’Roses was, we just couldn’t wait, particularly when our mole at NetEnt revealed the Red Riding Hood Beware the Wolf feature was a bit special. We also liked the way NetEnt went about turning the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale into a cool online slot and were curious to see if to what extent they could do that again with the Red Riding Hood story.
How we tested Red
Not all experiments take place in a laboratory, nor are they all conducted by scientists. But it’s imperative to be precise and methodical. Here’s how we carried out our testing for this game, full details can be found here.
- We played this slot for exactly 2000 spins on mobile, using a Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo and on other devices.
- We played the game with real money, using the minimum coin value and played each spin with the maximum number of lines activated.
- We used different browsers while testing on the different devices.
- Audio quality was tested using our own in-house LeoVegas headphones.
- The scores given were a combination of objective (game play/functionality) and subjective (aesthetics) assessments of the game’s qualities.
- Irrespective of the objective or subjective method used, we give everything a score out of 10.
- Combining the two is what gives us the most-rounded assessment of the merits of the game.
Our testing is as fair and reliable as possible. So much so that you could replicate the experiment in your own home, as long as you played 2000 spins on this new video slot. Results in terms of win rates and occurrences of big prizes won’t be exactly the same because all slots have an element of randomness to them but we’d expect them to be very similar.
Win Frequencies – 80%
Volatility – 70%
Mobile Performance – 70%
Functionality – 80%
Bonus & Features – 100%
Win frequencies & volatility
Over the course of 2000 spins, we got a win (of any description) on 393 occasions, equalling a hit rate of 19.65%. That means that on average, 1 in every 5 spins brings you a win and that you’ll never have to wait too long for your next one. Or to put it another way: about as long as it takes ‘Red’ to put on her hood and open her front door on the way to her Grandma’s house. This equals a 8/10 score by our Leo game testers.
Looking just at Mega/Big wins, the figure (unsurprisingly) falls to 32, which is still pretty impressive.
Over 2000 spins, we saw a Feature Bonus win pop up on 75 occasions. All in all, these figures point to a score of 7 out of 10 for volatility. So hardly the sort of territory occupied by the infamous Dead or Alive but not a slot that will see you win tiny amounts every few spins, either.
A 7/10 score makes this a fair, exciting slot where you get enough wins to stop you from feeling frustrated at the same time as knowing that a big win is frequent enough that it’s worth carrying on playing a little bit more.
We played Red Riding Hood with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo and worked out that we lost about 2/3% of our battery power when playing on that model for every 100 spins. So a big session of 2000 spins saw us lose 40 to 60% of our battery power. We noticed the phone got a little warm.
Why is that? We’re glad you asked. It’s because the Red Riding Hood slot is heavy on animations. On the plus side, the game always loaded pretty quickly so a solid 7/10 for overall mobile performance.
Some slots go a little over the top when you get a win and make you wait around a bit too long celebrating your last win, when what you really want is to keep on spinning in search of your next one. Not this one. Enough time to savour the moment but not too long.
The gameplay is smooth and the quick spin function is a pretty good pace. That of a brisk walk rather than a sweaty jog or a snail’s pace Sunday stroll. Lag free both on mobile & desktop and we give it a 8/10 in functionality.
Bonuses & features
Let’s talk features and bonuses. Wild symbols, scatter symbols, multiplier special feature: check, check, check. The three Fairy features are fine but if Ibiza sells itself on late nights and parties, then the Red Riding Hood slot sells itself on the Beware the Wolf bonus. It’s a great bonus feature that makes you feel like you’re in the story and can really boost your bank. Of course, there are features like this in other games where the further you go in a journey the more you win but not in a way that recreates a classic story so ‘bonus’ points for that.
Yes, the wolf appearing signals the end of the feature but it’s so funny you almost don’t mind. Wam, bam thank you mam – 10/10 in bonuses and features. Good job grandma!
Colours Scheme 80%
Symbol Temperature – 100%
Audio & Sound Effects – 85%
3D Graphics & Animation – 90%
Theme Originality – 80%
Video & audio
So let’s move away from the overall play elements of the game and towards purely the aesthetics ones. Is the game like a beautiful ancient city worthy of a series of photos for social media? Or like an industrial city that you only ever go to when you have to drive through it to get somewhere else? Is it a Mozart symphony or the buzz of car engines and horns on a busy motorway? Let’s find out.
Colours & symbols
This is the area where the Red Riding Hood slot scored particularly well. We gave it 8/10 for theme Colour Scheme, which measures whether the colours are well-balanced so we felt like we knew what was going on, rather than being overwhelmed by a mish-mash of different shades.
The game was even better using the ‘symbol temperature’ measure, which rewards use of cold colours for low symbols and warm colours for higher paying symbols, thus guaranteeing visual clarity while you play.
We gave it 10/10 in this category but then again that shouldn’t come as any huge surprise as NetEnt are masters at getting colour schemes spot on.
Audio & sound Effects
Ok, so that’s visuals covered. How about audio? 7/10 for background music and a perfect 10/10 for Sound Effects, which measures the actual quality of the audio. You could use a cheap pair of headphones that your IT department hands it to you on your first day at work and you’d still be able to enjoy all the music and sounds to the max. Red Riding Hood has excelled so far.
3D graphics & animations
Yep, Red Riding Hood continues to rack up the points here too. Animations quality 10/10 and 3D Graphics Quality 8/10. But in this day and age it’s not enough to just be good in the latter regards when playing on desktop. Is the game just as good and are the 3D Graphics just as impressive when you’re playing on mobile? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’ which is why it scored 10/10 on the first count and 9/10 on the second.
Well, turning a fairy tale into a slot has been done before so NetEnt have hardly re-invented the wheel here. That said, it’s a more multi-dimensional slot than the likes of Jack and the Beanstalk or Hook’s Heroes (based on Peter Pan) with a better storyline and a longer shelf-life in terms of wondering what might happen next. We’ll give it 8/10 for theme originality because it’s better than others but not completely unique.
How reliable are our results?
We’re firm believers that the experiment was conducted as fairly and accurately as was reasonably possible. For example, we didn’t play 2000 spins using a number of different devices that could have led to some slightly different performances based on the different devices. But we did play the game on several devices just for a few spins to make sure everything worked properly, which it did.
It’s also worth reiterating that regarding hit rates, big wins and occurrence of feature bonuses, you won’t get the exact same results as we did if you played 2000 spins yourself, because there’s an element of randomness to all slots. But we do think that playing 2000 spins was more than enough to get a fair and balanced set of results, both from a game play point of view (in terms of the three win elements just mentioned) as well as functionality and performance of the game.
Analysis of Red Riding Hood slot
Expectations were high before we sat down and tested. An upcoming big-budget, highly publicised NetEnt release is like knowing that a new U2 album is about to be released. So what’s our analysis of the Red Riding Hood video slot?
We enjoyed an excellent mobile experience, which is of course a hallmark of playing any slot at the LeoVegas casino and found the game very strong when it came to all the visual and audio elements. Fans of the likes of Jack and the Beanstalk or Hook’s Heroes will naturally be drawn towards a slot following the fairy tale genre but this one is even better. In many ways more faithful to actual original story and we’d go as far as saying this is the slot we’ve seen so far where you feel the most part of the action rather than just watching it. But without going overboard. By that we mean it doesn’t miss the point that a slot is after all still about spins and wins and not just visuals and storylines.
The problem with some games that have too many features is that they start to feel less special, but that wasn’t the case here. The three Fairy features give you regular bank boosts and offers a cool distraction from the regular game without happening too often. NetEnt’s recent Guns N’Roses had the ‘Crowd-Pleaser’ feature as its main attraction and Red Riding Hood’s response to that is the ‘Beware the Wolf Bonus’. A fun, quirky, cute, edge-of-the-seat bonus round with huge potential for wins.
NetEnt have nailed it and we’re calling this slot ‘’Red for dangerously good.’’