Beware when you enter Darkwood on the slot from NextGen Gaming as it has been cursed with never-ending night and relentless fog. But what would be a fairytale without a lucky fairy that comes to the rescue? Here name on Ever After is Faye and she will enchant symbols and grant entry to the free spins round for a win potential of up to 4,860x your bet. Read on to find out if there is a happy ending to this sinister story.
Ever After is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 243 ways to win. You can see the fairy appearing on mobile or desktop from 0.15 to 37.50 credits. The RTP of this medium to high variance game is set at 96.46%. AutoPlay allows you to select from 10 to 100 spins to be played consecutively without interruption.
Graphics and Visuals
Visually, Ever After is a feast for the eyes with an enchanted background held in dark colours. A frameless game window, intricate graphics and crisp animations add to the high-quality design. The characters on the reels change magically into wild Princess Adva, Rakaq ‘The Revealer’, ‘Dashing’ Doron Dangerfield and Bria Delmy symbols after being enchanted by Faye. A rather serene soundtrack is dramatically interrupted with thumping sounds when the bonus symbols land on the reels as well as on big wins.
The fairytale theme continues with the pay symbols, starting at the low end with coloured card suits – blue spades, green clubs, purple diamonds, and red hears. The medium symbols are the four characters – a mouse with a blue background, an owl with a green background, a boy with a purple background and the princess with a red background. The colours will play a significant role in the Mirror Magnificent feature. The wild and top paying symbol is a red potion bottle. Pays for a single five of a kind range from 1.25x to 20x the bet. The standard scatters are a brightly-lit meshed window with a minimum of three needed to trigger the free spins. The light will change to a purple tone when the scatters are enchanted, with only two being sufficient to trigger the free spins round.
The Random Mirror Magnificent Feature
Faye will randomly appear in a puff of pink smoke on the left of the game window. Her arrival is announced when the ornaments on reel one are turning gold at the start of a spin. She will wave a magic wand to trigger the Mirror Magnificent feature and enchant one, two or three symbols that land on reel one to upgrade them and all other matching symbols on the reels.
- Wild Symbol – will turn itself and all other wild symbols in view into Enchanted Wilds that will expand to cover the entire reel.
- Bonus Symbol – is upgraded into Enchanted Bonus symbols with just two needed instead of three to trigger the free spins round.
- Character Symbols – will turn itself and all other matching symbols in view into single Enchanted Wild symbols.
- Low-Value Symbols – will upgrade into the character symbol matching in colour, for example, the read hearts into princess symbols.
Wins are only evaluated and paid once after all upgrades are completed. The moment to hit the maximum win happens when wild symbols land on all five reels after the Mirror Magnificent feature has been triggered. If Faye enchants the wild symbol on reel one then all wild symbols will turn into expanding wilds, covering the entire game window with a screen of wild symbols and leading to a payout of 4,860 times the stake.
The Magical Free Spins
The free spins round will be triggered either by landing three to five scatters in one spin or via the enchanted bonus symbol feature. The game will activate six to 30 free spins for three to five standard scatters and six to 60 free spins for two to five enchanted scatters. Additionally, a coin win of 2x to 100x the total bet is awarded for two to five scatters. The Mirror Magnificent feature will be activated on every spin in the round, providing more potential to score mega wins.
Well, this was quite a surprise since NextGen is not really known for creating elaborate games with sophisticated graphics and big win potential. However, once in a blue moon they seem to find their enchanted moments to produce a gem. Examples are 300 Shields, Medusa and Cash Stamped. We can add now Ever After to that list.