Big Bad Wolf, released in 2013, was an early success for the then-emerging studio Quickspin. Big Bad Wolf took a chance by basing their slot on a children’s story, but they got the features, aesthetics, and awards exactly right so that players could look past that and enjoy the game itself. It’s become a cult classic, and it’s still as much fun to play now as it was back then. Many people still enjoy it despite the fact that it’s not exactly a high-octane thrill rush and slots weren’t exactly as brutally unpredictable as they are now. Big Bad Wolf has, like many other titles, been given a seasonal makeover by the game’s creators. There is now a Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special, just like there have been numerous others before it.
It might appear that not much has changed at first sight. The same rustic 5-reel, 25-payline grid made of lumber is provided to players. The same apple barrel is even next to it. Now, however, snow blankets everything and festive touches like present ribbons may be seen here and there. The payline numbers have been replaced by lights for aesthetic reasons; perhaps the previous design seemed too retro. The background chirping of birds is comforting and familiar. We should now forewarn users who are hoping for more improvements that they will not find any beyond cosmetic ones in the game.
No changes have been made to the mathematical and statistical foundations. It has the same medium volatility and outstanding 97.34% RTP as the original game, with a betting range of 25 p/c to $/€100. The mathematical model was also a strong point of the original, therefore the gameplay is the same.
When at least three of the same symbol appear on an active payline, from left to right, the player is rewarded. 10–5 = 5 Low Win SymbolsRoyalty playing cards that have been exposed to snow and left tacked to the sides of shipping boxes. The story’s three piglets and a plush toy make up the four “medium win” symbols. If you get 5 of them, you’ll win 8-12 times your bet!
At the outset, there is a single wild symbol in play, but this number can increase to four. The beehive acts as a wild, replacing everything save the wolf scatter and the moon. The wild has its own value, and it may double your wager by as much as 40 times for a full house of five of a kind.
Features of the Big Bad Wolf Slot Machine’s Holiday Special
Features were a big part of Big Bad Wolf’s appeal. They were effective in complementing one another, and there were plenty of them. Swooping Reels kicks off the snowball effect, which continues through Pigs Turn Wild, Free Games, and the Blowing Down the House bonus.
The Swooping Reels kind of feature (more generally known as ‘cascades’) is rather widespread currently, while it was somewhat rare in 2013. It is activated by any winning combination and begins by erasing the winning symbols from the board. Symbols rain down from above to fill the empty spots, giving players more opportunities to win after each spin. When there are no more possible winning combinations, Swooping Reels will continue to swoop.
Pigs Turn Wild is essentially what it claims to be. A pig becomes a wild icon after every alternate win in a row. Thus, pigs 1, 2, and 3 become wild after successive wins in rounds 2, 4, and 6. The piggy wilds will revert to their original state if no further wins are achieved. This element is included in both the regular and bonus rounds.
The wolf scatter has been outfitted with a Santa hat for the holiday release, and landing three or more of these hats anywhere on the reels will trigger 10 free games and pay out 3 times the wager. If three scatters appear during the bonus round, 10 more free games will be awarded.
During the bonus round, the moon symbol appears on the fifth and final reel, and can be won as a prize. With a tally of 3, the Big Bad Wolf will unleash an explosion for +2 extra spins. When you collect 6 moons, you’ll trigger an additional 2 free spins and have all wins during the feature multiplied by 2.
Judgment on the Big Bad Wolf’s Slot Machine Christmas Special
It’s safe to say that when it came to creating this Christmas redo, Quickspin chose the easy and quick option. Aside from some cosmetic tweaks, this is almost the same item as the original down to the last digit of the RTP. Few original fans will grumble too loudly, though, because the re-release gives them a great reason to go out and blow some more homes up.
Despite the significant gap in time between the two games, it seems surprisingly modern. Whatever you choose to name them, cascades are still very much on trend and can be seen in a wide variety of games. Interestingly, despite the prevalence of Megaways and similar structures, it doesn’t feel too limiting to operate Swoops on a 25-payline grid. Contrary to popular belief, Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special is not a flawed use of this mechanism. The possibility, however, which maxes out at about 1,200 times your wager, may not be enough to stoke the fire of current big win chasers.
But hey, having alternatives is always wonderful, especially when you’re locked indoors over the holidays and trying to choose a game that isn’t too violent to ruin your holiday mood. Many will enjoy Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special as a nostalgic stroll down memory lane, albeit a wintry one.