Robin Hood’s Wild Forest (Red Tiger): Overview
Everyone’s favourite outlaw returns courtesy of Red Tiger in Robin Hood’s Wild Forest. As the word ‘wild’ alludes to, the game is full of wild symbols – four in fact. Three of them are characters from the tale that come with individual modifiers - they are the only features in the game, so you’ll want them to land a lot. It might look like a fun and jolly romp through Sherwood Forest, but looks can be deceiving. What Red Tiger has knocked together presents a real puzzle - who could this game possibly be aimed at? Is it time to don green tights and prance through the forest to find out? Let’s do it.
Graphically, Robin Hood’s Wild Forest is easy on the eyes with its rich and creamy cartoon style visuals. The background presents Robin’s forest hideaway full of chests and bags overflowing with ill-gotten gold coins. It must be a raid he hasn’t gotten round to distributing to the poor quite yet. In the centre of the hideout is a wooden framed game area consisting of 5 reels and 3 rows. It’s a simple game that uses just 10 paylines on which you are required to land combinations of three or more of a kind for a payout. By default, the game comes shipped with a 95.68% RTP whilst the math model hovers around a medium setting. There is no word on the hit frequency, unfortunately, which would have been an interesting stat to confirm based on how testing sessions went.
Moving on to the paytable you'll see a whole lot of wilds and regular symbols. Starting with the least interesting are the low pay royals (10-A) which have been styled in a suitably Robin-ish font. The four high pays include a tankard of beer, Robin’s feathered cap, and a bag of gold. A golden lion symbol, a reference to King Richard perhaps, is worth the most at 30 times the stake for five of a kind. There are four wilds in the game - a standard and three character wilds. All can substitute for any of the pay symbols, while the character wilds come with modifiers. All wilds can payout in combinations with 30 times the stake the reward for five.
Robin Hood’s Wild Forest (Red Tiger): Features
There are no free spins or bonus games to chase here. Robin Hood’s Wild Forest’s features all involve the character symbol wilds. Let’s take a look at each of the three character symbols and their unique abilities.
Maid Marian is all about sharing the love. When she lands, she blows kisses onto the reels and where they land they turn symbols wild. The number is not set, and Marian may randomly blow additional kisses to add even more wilds to the reels.
Little John was the big hard man of the group, so when he lands he smashes the ground and destroys all low paying symbols on the grid. This ensures only high paying symbols land. Also, after any wins are paid, Little John may randomly smash the ground again. This time, his wallop destroys all of the symbols that were not part of winning combos or wilds. This provides some second chance action to take place.
Robin Hood is the star of the show, so it makes sense that he possesses the most effective modifier of them all. When the Robin Hood symbol lands, he shoots arrows at random high paying symbols to lock them in place and trigger a respin. Any character symbols or wilds that were triggered by Maid Marian are also locked into position. If new symbols of the same kind land, they become locked and trigger another respin. This continues until no more of the required symbol land. However, at random, if there is a respin where no new locked symbols land, Robin may fire some new arrows to add one or more symbols of the locked type so that respins can continue.
The best-case scenario is when all three character wild symbols land simultaneously. When this happens their associated features are triggered in a set order – from Maid Marian to Little John, and finally to Robin Hood.
Robin Hood’s Wild Forest (Red Tiger): Verdict
Robin Hood’s Wild Forest is a cute looking slot with the leading characters from the classic tale showing up to modify spins. It’s a bit of fun, lighted-hearted spinning, bit maybe a bit too light-hearted. Beneath the merry men exterior is a rather irritating math model.
One of the main contributors to the irritation is that things only kick-off when a character wild lands. Because of that, they don’t show up often, far less often than your regular run of the mill wild. To give you an idea - during the first session we burned through well over a hundred spins before the first wild showed up. It was Little John, and the result was not worth the wait. The most effective wild by a long shot was Robin Hood which took a considerable length of time to show up. When he did finally drop, he contributed to a solid win, but again, not worth the time invested.
While waiting for those elusive wilds to appear there are stacks of dead spins interspersed by the odd micro payout or two. All slots are fickle of course, so this is just a heads up over what is possible during a session of Robin Hood’s Wild Forest.
The second problem, and the final nail in the coffin of un-playability, is the dire potential. A grid of the top symbols, or wilds, is worth a mere 300 times the stake which is too low to excite anyone but the rookies. The real killjoy is the calculated max multiplier of 977 times the stake. It doesn’t justify sitting through endless waves of low value/dead spins. In some ways this is the most overachieving Robin Hood of all time - he’s meant to rob the rich, not everybody.
Red Tiger has released a couple of low paying slots recently and we get that providers might feel the need to mix things up to have something that caters to all type of players. However, churn out a few more of these and they might just solidify a reputation for making child friendly slots, and no one wants that.
Underneath Robin Hood’s Wild Forest’s pretty veneer lies a paper-thin game low on features and potential.