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Faerie Spells slot review

Added by Betsoft. Information last updated: 14/09/2020

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Game information

Game supplier:Betsoft

Release date:11/2018

RTP:96.03%

Volatility:Medium

Max. win:bet x 84147

Mobile version:Support all devices

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Freespins

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Fairy tales & fantasy

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RTP (Return to player):
96.03%
Volatility:
Medium
Max. win:
bet x 84147

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
73
Betsoft score (compared to other slots of supplier)
87
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Slot tester's review: Trystan Michielsen

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Faerie Spells lets us step into a mythical forest filled with all sorts of fantastical creatures, including a family of fairies.

Starting up Faerie Spells we find ourselves in the middle of a dark forest, surrounded by lush foliage so thick we can’t even see the sky. The 5 reels, 10-payline playing field is filled with different faeries, mysterious treemen, whisps and hand-drawn high card symbols.

This slot was released in 2018 by developer Betsoft who has explored mythical forests before with Enchanted and Once Upon A Time. While those two were more aimed at the fairytale side of things, Faerie Spells instead shows us an enchanted forest that might as well be real.

As much as I like the art in Faerie Spells I can’t help but be disappointed by the lack of energy the slot has. None of the symbols are animated and instead, they light up when they’re on a winning payline. The background is also completely static which results in a very dry visual experience.

At the same time, the screen looks very busy because of the high amount of detail each symbol has, which makes it look cluttered and lacks oversight. We end up with a rather boring looking game that forces our eyes to constantly try and focus on the different details.

Luckily the soundtrack makes up for a lot of it with its aetherial, other-worldly sound. It’s slow and mysterious, staying largely low-key as I make my spins. Only when I triggered the Free Spins phase did it pick up, switching to a more triumphant upbeat song.

Symbols

Faerie Spells is pretty unique in that it has two different sets of symbols, one for the base game and one for the Free Spins phase. I’ll start with the base game symbols:

  • Faerie Queen (Free Spins): The Faerie Queen is the Free Spins symbol, activating the Free Spins phase when there are 3 or more on-screen at the same time.
  • Treeman (Wild): The Treeman substitutes all other symbols in the base game except the Faerie Queen and Magic Toadstool. Win max. 100x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Purple Fairy: Max. 75x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Magic Toadstool: Max. 50x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline. When the Faerie Queen is on screen, she will release a prize from each Magic Toadstool.
  • Orange Fairy: Max. 50x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Weeping Willow: Max. 40x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Dragonfly: Max. 25x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Tiara: Max. 25x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Faerie Wand: Max. 15x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Whisps: Max. 15x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Ace: Max. 10x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • King: Max. 10x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Queen: Max. 7.5x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Jack: Max. 7.5x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.

When you get 3 or more Faerie Queens on-screen at the same time, or you use the Buy Feature to trigger it manually, the Free Spins phase begins. Here, you are presented with a completely new set of symbols:

  • Diamond (Exploding, Scatter): The Diamond randomly appears on any of the reels, granting up to 50x your bet when you get 5 on-screen at the same time. Afterwards, they explode, causing the symbols above them to drop down.
  • Ruby: Max. 15x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Sapphire: Max. 12x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Gold Bars: Max. 6x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Gold Coin: Max. 5x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Silver Coin: Max. 3x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Bronze Coin: Max. 2x your bet when you get five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.

Finally, the Free Spins phase also has 4 different symbols that can drop which do not have their own value but add to the jackpot counter. Each symbol has its own jackpot counter and needs a different number of symbols to drop to fill that counter.

  • Purple (Riches): Requires you to get 9 symbols to fill the Riches counter.
  • Green (Wealth): Requires you to get 8 symbols to fill the Wealth counter.
  • Pink (Luxury): Requires you to get 7 symbols to fill the Luxury counter.
  • Yellow (Plenty): Requires you to get 7 symbols to fill the Plenty counter.

As you can see that’s a lot of different symbols, which didn’t help my earlier assessment of cluttering up the screen and making things difficult to focus on.

I think Betsoft went overboard with this game. There are two different types of symbols for no real reason. Then there’s the additional tracker for the 4 jackpots without that being connected to the rest of the game. Every time I gained free spins I had to start filling up the trackers all over again, losing all progress when running out of free spins. It felt futile to even try and as a result, I barely paid attention to that aspect of the game.

Features

All these symbols I just listed obviously have a purpose, which is how I get to the features. In the base game, Faerie Spells has the following:

  • Wilds: Wilds substitute all other symbols in the game except for the Free Spins symbol and the Magic Toadstool.
  • Free Spins: If you get 3 or more Free Spins symbols on screen, this triggers the Free Spins phase with up to 25 free spins.
  • Magic Toadstool: These act as normal symbols except when there is a Faerie Queen on screen, which will have every Toadstool grant a win without having to be part of a payline.
  • Buy Feature: Something Betsoft uses regularly, the Buy Feature allows a player to trigger the Free Spins phase with 25 free spins at any moment for an upfront cost.

If you’re familiar with Betsoft slots, these features shouldn’t be too surprising. The Buy Feature is a good way to skip the base game and go straight to the Free Spins phase but it does mean you have to make your initial cost back first! I used it regularly while playing but in my experience, it only rarely paid off.

The Magic Toadstool feature was very poorly explained. At first, I thought they only payout when there is a Faerie Queen but that’s not the case. They act as normal symbols if there isn’t a Faerie Queen on-screen. When there is a Faerie Queen, however, each Magic Toadstool regardless of their position or any paylines will grant you a win.

It felt very unnecessary and complicated, and I had to dive into the paytable portion of the game to figure out exactly how it worked. Unfortunately, the end result is a feature that’s mostly underwhelming. If you can’t tell, this game left me largely feeling cold.

Free Spins Phase

Now we finally made it to the Free Spins phase, either through organic play or by using the Bonus Feature. The screen changes slightly to show us 4 vials on the side of the screen. These vials keep track of the number of Riches we collect. With every symbol of a particular colour, the related vial fills up. Whoever manages to get the required number of symbols before their Free Spins run out, wins the associated jackpot.

Mind you, this all happens concurrently with the usual Free Spins gameplay. This phase has original symbols that I listed above as well as 1024 paylines. As impressive as that sounds, I found the Free Spins phase lacklustre when it came to wins. When I used the Buy Feature I would rarely make the cost back at all, let alone get many Riches symbols.

Compare this to another Betsoft slot, ChilliPop, where I would use the Buy Feature almost all the time because it was way more lucrative.

In Conclusion

Faerie Spells isn’t necessarily a bad slot but it is surpassed by many other games, including other Betsoft games. It looks very pretty when it’s not spinning but while playing I would get frustrated by the cluttered appearance. The soundtrack did help in setting the mood and it would be the one thing I really commend the creators for.

There are many features in this game but they don’t work well together. The Magic Toadstool is an example of something that was added to the game without really serving any purpose.

I think my biggest disappointment was the Free Spins phase. A game with Medium Volatility should have a Free Spins phase that offers a balance to the base game, but that almost never happened for me. Often I would use the Buy Feature for 25 free spins and make back less than half the upfront cost. Obviously this is random, but I didn’t feel the game offered enough excitement besides that to stick around for. To augment your experience you can choose a bet between £0.10 and £10 per spin.

This is an example game of ‘less is more’. The creators overflowed the game with mechanics that barely work together, resulting in a pretty frustrating mess of different things to learn that in the end have very little to do with each other.

I would say Faerie Spells is for players that enjoy a beautifully drawn but static slot with loads of features they can bite their teeth into, even though none of these features really make an impact. As it stands, the game pales in comparison to other Betsoft slots.

Overall rating:

2.8

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  • Features

    Wins and bets

    RTP (Return to Player):96.03%

    Volatility:Medium

    Max. win:bet x 84147

    Min. bet:£0.1

    Max. bet:£10

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    Reels:5

    Rows:3

    Non-standard layout:

    Max. lines:1024

    Min. lines:10

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    Languages

    You can play Faerie Spells in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 22 other languages.

    All supported languages:
    English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Turkish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese

    Currencies

    Faerie Spells supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD

    Stats

    Release date 11/2018
    26th newest on Betsoft 824th newest on Bojoko
    RTP 96.03% 0.17% > average
    49th highest on Betsoft 1,235th highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 84147 x your bet
    16th highest on Betsoft 109th highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 1024 5020% > average
    2nd highest on Betsoft 111th highest on Bojoko
    Min bet £0.1 per spin
    51st lowest on Betsoft 482nd lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet £10 per spin
    95th highest on Betsoft 2,061st highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    The most rated on Betsoft 39th most rated on Bojoko
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    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.

    When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.

    Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.

    Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.

    A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.

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    Game supplier:Betsoft

    Release date:11/2018

    RTP (Return to player):96.03%

    Max. win:bet x 84147

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Tester rating: 2.8

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