Kingdoms Rise: Forbidden Forest
Venture into a fantasy world of brave shieldmaidens and ferocious creatures on the slot from Playtech. Kingdoms Rise: Forbidden Forest is another addition to the new series of progressive jackpots slots from the UK gaming giant and produced in collaboration with its subsidiary Origins. Respins with shifting wilds, a Token collection that can be used to buy features in the in-game shop and three progressive jackpots will be the rewards for your bravery.
Kingdoms Rise: Forbidden Forest is a video slot with five reels in a 3-4-5-4-3 format with 576 ways to win. Pays are awarded for three to five matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right. Enter the enchanted forest on desktop or mobile from 0.10 to a huge 2,000 credits per spin. The game has low to medium volatility with an overall RTP of 95.99% of which 0.99% is the contribution to the progressive jackpots and 3% is reserved for the Kingdoms Rise Tokens.
A picture-perfect fantasy forest scene opens up when you load the game with glowing fireflies and serene sounds adding to the relaxed atmosphere. The diamond-shaped game window is dominated by the three shieldmaidens and ferocious fantasy beasts. The forest will magically come alive the soon you trigger the respin feature. Our demo link did not include the displays for the progressive jackpots, neither was the in-game Token shop working. We will update the review the soon we get to play the game for real money.
The pay symbols start at the low end with gems in turquoise, purple, blue, pink and green colours, awarding 1x to 1.5x your stake for a single five of a kind. They are followed by saber wolves and bears at the medium level, paying 2.5x your bet when five land across the reels. The premium symbols are the three shieldmaidens wearing a magic staff, bow and arrow and sword. Hit five to win 3.5x to 20x your bet.
A star-shaped icon with a green gem is the wild symbol, substituting for all regular pay symbols. A golden owl mask is the respin scatter which will turn into a roaming wild. Both special symbols can appear on reels two to five only.
Kingdoms Rise: Forbidden Forest Slot Features
While classified as a low-volatility game, it has ample feature to look forward. There are three that will grab your attention – Owl Respin feature in regular play, the Night Owl feature available in the Token shop and the three progressive jackpots.
The Owl Respin feature is triggered when you land at least one golden owl mask scatter in one spin. One, two or three scatters will award 2, 4 and 12 respins respectively. The triggering owl masks will now turn into roaming wilds, shifting to a random position on every respin except to reel one. You will also collect +2 respins every time a glowing feather symbol lands on reel three. The feature ends when you run out of respins.
With the launch of the Kingdoms Rise series, Playtech is introducing an in-game Token rewards system that comes at no extra cost as such but 3% of the RTP are attributed to it. Gold coin tokens can appear attached to any pay symbol and will be added to your personal Token balance. You can use them in the Kingdoms Rise Shop to buy a feature on any slots from the series. On Kingdoms Rise: Forbidden Forest it is the Night Owl feature which is an enhanced version of the Owl Respins. You can head to the shop any time to exchange your tokens:
- 300 tokens: Gets you three respins with one golden owl mask as a roaming wild on the reels, appearing in a 2-symbol high stack. The feature plays out in the same way as the standard Owl Respins with the owl mask shifting on each respin. The glowing feather landing on reel three awards +2 respins, no limits.
- 750 tokens: Gets you three respins with one golden owl mask a roaming wild on the reels, but appearing now in a 3-symbol high stack. The same principle applies as on the 300-token feature. The glowing feather landing on reel three awards +4 respins, no limits.
- 1,500 tokens: Gets you three respins with two golden owl masks as roaming wilds on the reels, each appearing in a 2-symbol high stack. Again, the wilds stay on the reels and shift on each respin. A feather appearing will result in +4 respins, no limits.
Last but not least, and for some players the most important part, are the three progressive Kingdoms Rise jackpots. These are localized jackpots specific to a single casino or all brands of a casino group. A percentage of 0.99% of each bet contributes to the three jackpots. They can trigger randomly after any spin with the chances of winning one being directly relative to your bet size.
- Daily Strike Jackpot – must be won each day by the date and time shown
- Power Strike Jackpot – must be hit before it reaches a monetary threshold
- Epic Jackpot – unlimited jackpot which can be hit at any time
Well, it looks like Playtech has created a winner with the Kingdoms Rise series. They look really good and have ample features to keep players entertained while they chase the progressive jackpots, with the largest one expected to trigger on medium to high 5-figure sums. Surely worth to give it a few spins as we scored regularly 50x to 100x in the respin feature. The Token system is something new and a pretty good way to reward players hammering the slots in the hope of winning the jackpots.