An enchanted forest that’s home to fairies and elves is the setting for The Magical Forest, another finely designed game from Pariplay. This one is played using a 5 reel, 25 payline game engine and comes with a pick’em bonus round. Play from 25p to £25 per spin.
Like many slots in the Pariplay catalogue, The Magical Forest is very easy on the eye and ear. A misty woodland forms the backdrop to the reels which are flanked by trees, vines and creepers. The lower value symbols include an acorn which awards up to 50 coins, a bubbling cauldron which pays up to 75 coins and a book of spells and a trio of toadstools which award up to 100x.
Next come the bottles of potion which pay up 125 coins followed by the human tree and the Shrek-like ogre which will get you 200 and 250 coins for a 5-in-a-row combination. The green-faced witch nets up to 500 coins. Top of the lot is the fairy. Land 3, 4 or 5 of these and you’ll win 50, 160 or 1,000 coins.
The top payer overall is the wild (the pair of dancing ghosts). This can land on all reels and substitutes for everything bar the bonus and scatter. Land 5 of these on a payline and you’ll pocket 5,000 coins. The flute-playing, horned man is the scatter. Land 3, 4 or 5 of these anywhere on the reels and you’ll be awarded 3, 6 or 30 times your total stake.
The Magical Forest comes with a Spider Treasure Bonus feature – it’s triggered by landing 3 or more of the spiders bonus symbol. You’ll then be taken to a new screen and presented with a selection of cocoons. Pick to reveal multiplier prizes.
The Magical Forest is a typical Pariplay slot – the visuals are excellent and the flute-heavy backing track has a haunting quality that’s right in keeping with the theme. We found the gameplay didn’t match the design though.
The base game is solid enough, it’s the features that lacked a little excitement. With just a single pick me round on offer, there’s not really much to get the blood pumping. In fact, the game engine is identical to the Mexican themed Las Cucas Locas and the underwater Fish & Chips.
Like those slots, The Magical Forest has the potential to be a great game but the lack of bonuses left us a little unsatisfied. We know that Pariplay can offer some quality features – just look at The Three Stooges. We were just left a little frustrated at what might have been in The Magical Forest.