Pixies of the Forest II
The hugely popular Pixies of the Forest slot from IGT is getting a sequel and it promises to be even bigger and better. On top of what was included in the original, Pixies of the Forest II has Tumbling Reels, mystery features, win multipliers and last but not least, 3 localized jackpots of which one is progressive. Plenty to look forward to on five reels with a win potential in standard play exceeding 1,000x the stake.
Pixies of the Forest II is a video slot with five reels, three rows, and 99 fixed pay lines. Bet sizes start at a modest 0.33 credits and peak at 33 credits of which 0.30% go to the progressive jackpot. The RTP is set at 96.57%, however, this is based on a jackpot seed of 1,500 credits. Casinos can choose their minimum seed between 1,500 and 10,000 credits, which would see the RTP increasing up to 98.83%. We expect though that most operators will opt for the lowest jackpot seed. The game is available for play on desktop and mobile.
Graphics and Visuals
The sequel is visual quite an improvement compared to the original. The backdrop is still the enchanted forest although more elaborately designed, while the game window has not changed much but features now HD graphics and better-executed animations, giving the game a modern, superior feeling. An enchanted soundtrack is well-mixed into the reel and win count noises.
The set of pay symbols has remained as well with J, Q, K and A at the low end and the blond, brunette and purple-haired pixies at the medium level. Top symbol is the slot logo. Pays for a five of a kind range from 3x to 30x your stake. The Pixie Queen is the bonus symbol while a small pixie marked with the word ‘Jackpot’ will trigger the jackpot bonus game when three land on the back reels.
The slot comes with a tumbling game mechanic where symbols from a winning combination will magically disappear and the remaining symbols tumble down to make space for new symbols to drop in place. This continues as long as new winning combinations occur.
The Spirit Meter
The display at the bottom is the Spirit Meter which will increase by one for each consecutive tumble within one spin sequence, up to a maximum of five. Get it to minimum three and you will trigger the Feature Wild spins with three different wild patterns that will enhance the reels.
- Wild Reels – one or two of the three middle reels turn wild for the current spin.
- Random Wilds – three wilds are randomly placed on the three middle reels. This can be repeated up to two times after no new winning combinations land on after a tumble.
- Countdown Sticky Wilds – three wild are randomly placed on the three middle reels and stay locked for three tumbles.
Mystery Bonus or Jackpot Trigger
At the start of a Feature Wild spin in the base game, the added wilds can turn into bonus symbols to trigger the Pixie Queen’s Free Spins round or the Jackpot bonus game. Gameplay continues as normal after the free spins or the bonus game have concluded.
Pixie Queen’s Free Spins Feature
Hit bonus symbols on reels one, two and three to trigger the feature. Alternatively, it can be triggered via the mystery bonus. Pick one of the pixies to reveal 5 to 11 free spins, which cannot be re-triggered. During the feature, more wilds are added to the reels, activating more often the Feature Wild spins with up to 18 wilds that can come into play. Any Pixie symbol on reel one will act as an x2 wild symbol.
But that is only the start of the fun in the bonus round as the Pixie Queen can grant you a number of extra gifts to enhance the reels and provide more potential for consecutive tumbles:
- Spirit Boost – the Spirit Meter gets a boost of two spirits
- Symbols Elimination – all occurrences of 1 to 4 pay symbols are removed allowing for a new tumble, plus the Spirit Meter is increased by one spirit
- Extra Free Spin – the Pixie Queen will add one extra free spin, up to 180 free spins.
The Pixie Progressive Jackpot Picker
The feature is triggered when jackpot symbols land on reels three, four and five or via the mystery bonus in the base game. The game will lead to a second screen, displaying the three jackpots and 16 pixies. Pick pixies to fill the orbs of the jackpot meters to win the attributed jackpot. Only one jackpot can be won during the bonus game. The higher the bet, the higher the chances are to win the Gold jackpot. The Bronze and Silver jackpots are fixed at 9x and 27x bet, while the Gold jackpot is a localized progressive jackpot with a proportion of 0.3% of all bets contributing to the amount. Expect to see usually mid to high four-figure sums and occasionally five-figure amounts.
While very similar to the original, Pixies of the Forest II is much more fun to play as it has more bonus features and that coveted progressive jackpot. Plus, IGT made sure that the graphics and animations are to the latest standards. Well worth to give it a few spins in your next slotting session.