A magical forest is the setting for Chibeasties, a 5 reel, 20 payline video slot from Yggdrasil Gaming. The woodland is the home to the Chibeasties, a group of strange bug eyed creatures who can help you grab a selection of free spins and expanding wilds. Venture into this mystical world from between 20p to £40 per spin.

Like fellow Scandinavian developer Thunderkick, Yggdrasil really knows how to create lovely looking slots and Chibeasties is a case in point. The graphics are excellent and include a selection of critters and assorted flora and fauna in a beautiful forest setting. The whimsical soundtrack is equally impressive, giving the on-screen action a real air of magic.

So the sound and visuals are top notch, what about the gameplay? The main attraction is the Free Spins feature which is triggered when 3 or more free spin symbols appear anywhere on the reels. Three symbols will get you 10 free spins, four will give 20 but if you manage to hit five, you’ll be awarded an impressive 40 free spins.

Once the feature is triggered, you’ll be transported to a clearing where 1 of the base game symbols will be dragged into a vortex and turned into an expanding symbol. Whenever this symbol appears during the feature, it will expand to fill the whole reel. The spin will payout as normal, the symbol will expand and a second set of payouts will be made.

It’s possible for the wild to become the expanding symbol which can really send the payouts rocketing. It’s also possible to hit the expanding symbol on more than 1 reel too. Manage to find the expanding symbol on multiple reels and the wins can soon mount up.

The pace in Chibeasties is rapid, especially if you opt for the turbo spin feature. The variance is on the high side too which I love – don’t expect too many big wins in the base game though. The real riches are on offer in the feature naturally. Combine the free spins with multiple expanding symbols and it’s possible to really get the cashier racing.

Chibeasties is certainly a treat for the senses. It may not be overloaded with features but the free spins feature, complete with the expanding symbol, is a good one. If you’re lucky enough to turn the wild into the expanding symbol, these little beasties could become firm favourites. If you like the theme, Glow from NetEnt might appeal as to will Beetle Mania Deluxe by Novomatic.