Mobile gambling games developer mFortune says it is trying to ring the changes to bring in more millennials with its latest no-reel slot, Hansel & Gretel.
The developer says that a lack of innovation in slot machines has produced a general decline in the popularity of slots among all but the over 55s, and that it is bucking the trend with its unique twist on reels.
Despite the absence of traditional reels, Hansel & Gretel is still recognisably a slots game, and easy to pick up by veterans or newcomers as a consequence. The distinction is in the fact that the symbols, which are themed around wildlife, chocolaty treats and forestry items, fall from cartoon trees instead.
The art style is definitely a highlight — mFortune's game artist cited a need to contrast the “grotesquely cute with the macabre […] so, naturally, the art features a mix of teddy bears, puppies, axes, landmines, and killer bees.” There's also a stark contrast between the innocent, doe-eyed protagonists and the haggard old witch.
Hansel & Gretel includes a choice of up to 15 pay-lines (spins start at 2p a line) as well as an auto-spin feature. It will provide players access to mFortune's reward system, which has seen the company pay out almost GBP 45 million in prizes in the past 30 days, with some online punters claiming individual jackpots of up to GBP 32,553.
mFortune is somewhat unique in the casino sector by allowing players to make deposits from GBP 3 via phone bill.
mFortune's new slot game includes a pair of minigames in Win Peaks, which begins after the player spins two or more bird symbols in a valid winline, and Witches Trail, prompted by the appearance of two or more compasses. The two games give players the chance to enhance their winnings with prizes of varying size.
The appearance of five buckets of jewels nets players the Jackpot.
Hansel & Gretel is the culmination of the efforts of a 20-strong development team at mFortune, and was designed with compatibility at its core; it functions on 99 percent of mobile devices on the market in 2016, stretching back to Android 2.3.1, the iPhone 4s, and second-generation iPads.