Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? That’s the question posed in this fairytale-themed slot from Quickspin. Big Bad Wolf is a 5 reel, 25 payline offering that benefits from free spins, extra wilds and swooping symbols. Try and blow the house down from between 25p and £250 per spin.

Based on the tale of The Three Little Pigs, Big Bad Wolf is beautifully designed. The symbols include the main characters from the story including the cartoon-style pigs and the naughty wolf. It’s all set against a straw house backdrop. Very fine it all looks too.

There are no shortage of features in Big Bad Wolf either. The first thing to notice is that it uses swooping symbols. After each successful spin, the winning symbols will be removed and replaced by the symbols directly above. The reels will keep on dropping as long there’s a winning combination on show and it won’t cost you any spins. This is like NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest (which is named the Avalanche Reels feature).

Big Bad Wolf also has a different take on the wild. In addition to the beehive which is the regular wild, the 3 pigs turn wild after a certain number of winning rounds. The first pig turns wild after 2 wins, the second after 2 wins and the third after 6 wins. You can keep tabs on how you’re doing here via the meter on top of the reels.

Ten free spins are on offer if you find 3 or more Wolf scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. These can be re-triggered so keep an eye out for that wolf. A win with 3 or more scatters is also subject to a 3x multiplier.

Finally there’s the Blowing Down The House feature. Find 3 Moon symbols to blow down the wooden house and you’ll be awarded 2 extra spins. Hit 6 moons and you’ll blow down the brick house which also awards 2 bonus spins, this time accompanied by a 2x multiplier which doubles winning paylines.

Big Bad Wolf is on the high side of medium in the variance stakes so you’ll need to manage your bankroll carefully. The big wins won’t come very often but can be big when they do arrive. Quickspin has produced a visual treat in Big Bad Wolf. It has an impressive range of features too and the swooping reels keep the action flowing at a good pace.

The free spins are the best route to riches thought – if you manage to re-trigger the free games watch out. This Big Bad Wolf may not be so bad after all. If you like high variance games, King Colossus by Quickspin is also recommended as to is Piggy Riches by NetEnt which also features pigs (this time, rich ones!).