Based on the famous fairy tale, Goldilocks and the Wild Bears is a 5 reel, 25 payline slot from Quickspin. Beautifully illustrated and featuring all the central characters from the classic children’s story, it comes with free spins, expanding multipliers and two types of wilds. Stakes range from between 25p and £250 per spin.

The first thing to notice about Goldilocks and the Wild Bears is that it comes with not 1 but 2 different types of wilds. The regular wild, which has an image of a cottage, does what you’d expect a wild to do, replacing all other symbols apart from the scatter.

The second scatter, featuring the bowl of porridge, is much more interesting. It’s a multiplier wild so as well as replacing symbols, it boosts any payline in which it appears. If your winning combination features 1 multiplier wild, the win will be doubled. Winning paylines will be trebled if there are 2 multiplier wilds and quadrupled if you’re lucky enough to find 3.

Goldilocks and the Wild Bears also comes with a Free Spins feature which is triggered by hitting 3 Goldilocks scatters symbols anywhere on the reels. You’ll receive 10 free spins to start with but it’s possible to add more via the Bears Turn Wild feature.

Look out for the Goldilocks Progress Scatter symbols (Goldilocks sticking out her tongue). Three of these scatters will turn Daddy Bear into a wild. Five scatters turn Mummy Bear wild and also provide two free spins. It’s the same for Baby Bear which will also turn wild with five scatters and give you two extra spins. All of these wilds will remain so for the duration of the free spins.

The visuals in Goldilocks and the Wild Bears are well done. The images are reminiscent of a beautifully illustrated children’s book – the soundtrack isn’t too intrusive either. It’s all very crisp and neat making the game very easy to play. The biggest paying symbol is the regular wild. Find five of these in a payline and you’ll be rewarded with 1,000 times your line bet. The bears pay between 200 and 250 times bet for a five line combination.

Goldilocks and the Wild Bears is on the low side of medium in the variance stakes so expect a steady stream of smaller wins. Quickspin has produced a fine looking slot here and the variety of wilds and free spins keep the pace flowing at a decent rate. If you want a bit of nostalgia, then Goldilocks and the Wild Bears is a lovely place to start. If fairy-tale themed slots is what you’re after, Adventures in Wonderland by Ash Gaming is very good as to is Jack and the Beanstalk from NetEnt.