Graphics - 96%
Gameplay - 96%
Bonuses - 95%
Value - 92%
Whats not so hot?
The word ‘Mania‘ is described by the Oxford dictionary as ‘madness’, ‘dementia’, ‘excitement’, ‘delusions’, or ‘euphoria’. With regard to iSoftBet’s Forest Mania video slot I’m more inclined to go with the latter.
The game features an amazing 100 paylines over 2 reel sets, a Free Spins feature that awards 10 free spins and up to 3 reels on a reel set can be turned into wilds. This high-definition slots is playable on mobile phones (Androids, iPads, iPhones and tablets) as well as desktops for free or for real cash. The theme of the slots is about a bunch of cute cartoon like critters that strut their stuff in a woodland beset with all manner of magical beings.
Forest Mania offers a top non-progressive jackpot cash prize of 250 coins and an average return to player percentage (RTP) of 96.2%. Paying symbols that appear across the reels are hearts, gemstones, crowns, different types of plants and animals (fauna and flora), hearts, the wild (W symbol) and 2 weird-looking critters.
My take on the game thus far is that it breaks the mold when it comes to your traditional slots because it’s played on two sets of reels which includes the larger standard 5 reel to the right with 12 rows. The symbols that offer the top payout is the green creature that looks like a chameleon of sorts, 5 of them at the top bet pays 200 coins while the reddish one pays 250 coins.
Bets can be placed from 50 pence up to £/€50 per spin, keep an eye on the left set of reels cause it can have a huge impact on the right hand reels. To be honest it sounds pretty confusing but one has to commend iSoftBet for trying to come up with something unique.
The wild symbol is the ‘W’, the strange thing about it is that it does not offer any wins but it does substitute the other icons on the reels. However, when it appears on the left-side it’s turned into a random wild, but here’s the interesting bit about it. Any other wild matching symbol on the remainder of the reels including the ‘Big Machine‘ are turned into random wilds-on each machine up to 3 reels can become wilds on every single spin! The net result is a huge win!
Aside from its unusual wilds I’m happy to see that Forest Mania has a free spins feature-it’s triggered randomly awarding you 10 free spins. The wilds are prominent throughout the free spins since they pitch more here during the main game.
I commend iSoftBet for coming up with something different for a change, Forest Mania is loaded with innovative streaks not to mention its cracking visuals.
The 100 paylines is an innovative streak coupled with a reasonable free spins feature but it’s the wilds and wild reels that steal the show for me, especially if they pop during the free spins. This one is definitely a keeper, I had oodles of fun playing it albeit in the free mode. I’m definitely going to take it for a few money spins.