Ever After is a 5 reel, 243 ways to win slot from NextGen Gaming with a dark twist on the fairy tale theme. Playable from 15p to £37.50 a spin on all devices, it comes with a randomly triggered Mirror Magnificent feature where symbols are enhanced for bigger wins. There’s also a Free Games feature where unlimited free spins can be won with Faye enhancing symbols on every one of them.

Visually, Ever After is not your traditional fairy tale themed slot – set in Darkwood and based on its downtrodden inhabitants, you are taken to a besieged town that it cursed with eternal night and entombed in a relentless fog. Symbols on the reels include hearts, spades, diamonds and spades as well as girl, boy, owl and mouse symbols.

The latter 4 transform into characters Princess Adva, Rakaq ‘The Revealer’, ‘Dashing’ Doron Dangerfield and Bria Delmy – more on this below. You also have Faye who is the game’s host. There’s also a potion bottle which is the wild and substitutes for all symbols bar the bonus scatter.

Ever After comes with a Mirror Magnificent feature that is triggered randomly when the frame on reel 1 turns gold. Faye then appears and enchants 1, 2 or 3 symbols on reel 1. For the current spin, this is how to symbols will be enchanted:

  • Wild – each wild that appears will turning into an expanding wild to give you wild reels
  • Bonus – it upgrades to become an Enchanted Bonus symbol with 2 or more activating the Free Games feature
  • Girl, Boy, Owl & Mouse symbols transform into wild night, wild bard, wild wizard and wild queen respectively
  • Heart, Diamond, Club & Spade symbols transform into Girl, Boy, Owl and Mouse symbols respectively

The main attraction in Ever After is the Free Games feature – you can play this when you get 3, 4 or 5 bonus scatters to give you 6, 12 or 30 free spins respectively. 5 scatters will give you 100 times your stake. Now, if the bonus scatter is enchanted, just 2 or more Enchanted Bonus symbols will trigger the feature – 2, 3, 4 or 5 Enchanted Bonus symbols will give you 6, 12, 30 or 60 free spins.

During the feature, the Mirror Magnificent feature comes into play on every free spin – this means that up to 3 symbols appearing on reel 1 will become enchanted to give you more wilds and expanded wilds as well as upgrades symbols. This will dramatically improve your winning potential. Finally, you can retrigger the feature indefinitely meaning an unlimited number of free spins.

Ever After looks fantastic and is, overall, a medium variance affair – it does have a highly volatile feature. Saying that, you can win up to 4,860 times your stake on every spin or free spin which is pretty good. I really like Ever After and I’m sure it will become a popular NextGen Gaming title. I also recommend you try Microgaming’s Wicked Tales: Dark Red which has a similar dark/fairy tale theme.