Though the developer Yggdrasil has been around for only a short period of time, they have already built a solid reputation for innovative slot designs using their HTML5 framework. The beautiful romantic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast with its 5-reels, 3-row and 20 fixed paylines slot is a testament offering an entertaining experience with the enticement of prizes of up to 5,000 coins!
Enchanting graphics and music
The stage is set for an entertaining game starting with the enchanting castle background atop a hilltop blanketed in a carpet of snow. Step inside the magical castle where the stage is set for the complimenting symbols which include entry-level paying crystals of differing colours and shapes. The four upper-level symbols includes before and after images of Belle and Beast and prince. The front hall of the castle is also home to the spirits of the butler, cook and maid servants symbols who come to your service to enhance your chances of great prizes during both the base and free games. With the great graphics you would expect some equally impressive sounds and you would not be disappointed with the beautiful orchestral style music and topical sound effects.
Wilds, chef, butler and maid free spins mode
The wild symbol can substitute for all other symbols. The slot also includes a free spin mode that is unlocked with the appearance of three free spins scatter rose symbols where you are invited to choose between three different modes. The chef mode sees the middle reel synchronize so that the three reels are mirror images of one another. The butler mode nudges one of the reels up or down depending on whether the win can be improved. If the chef and butler modes are simultaneously active the synced reels nudge in tandem. The maid mode adds 2 to 4 wilds randomly to the positions during each spin. The free spins feature can be re-triggered and you are accordingly awarded an additional 10 free spins where you can get another feature to accompany your original one. Should you land three more free spin scatter symbols then you will once again reset the number of spins to 10 and unlock the last and final feature to add to the first two. Additionally, the 4 or 5 scatter symbols will award you with 1,000 or 5,000 coins.
The Golden Bet is an optional way of increasing the number of features but it will cost you between 5 and 30 coins per spin and there are three to choose from. First the Boost Bet will cost you 5 coins per spin and provides you with 2 feature picks instead of 1 at the start of Free Spins. Secondly the Nudge Bet will cost you 15 coins per spin and will nudge a free spin symbol that lands just outside the game area back onto the reels if you have already landed 2 to 4 free spin symbols. The Boost & Nudge Bet will cost you an extra 30 coins per spin and combines the first two.
Total gaming experience
Beauty and the Beast has a theoretical return to player (RTP) that varies from 96.3% to 97.1% depending on the Golden Bet and free spin mode that you choose. Payouts are calculated by multiplying the coins as set out in the paytable by the coin value. The variance for this slot is probably closer to a medium so you may need to play with a larger bankroll to play it longer for a better shot at hitting a larger prize. With some dazzling graphics and sounds this slot offers a total gaming experience coupled with some nice features. Try it for free to see if it is right for you.