Tale as old as time, we all know how it goes but when the credits end and the book is closed, there is more to this tale than meets the eye. Yggdrasil Gaming have uncovered what goes on behind the closed doors of this renowned fairy tale. Bright, cheery and packed full of features that a fairy godmother would love, enjoy Beauty and the Beast in all its glory.
Beauty and the Beast is a 5-reel, 20 fixed pay line slot, offering an enchanting RTP that varies between 96.30% to 97.10%. At the beginning of the game there is a short animated video welcoming you into the beast’s castle. The reels are set out inside an ornate blue gilt frame and the vast staircase of the ballroom is behind it. Playing along as the reels spin is a very musical track, that would be right at home in the movie version of the slot. Symbols include two versions of the main characters, Belle/princess Belle and the beast /prince as the higher values. With coloured gemstones ranging from red, green, pink, blue, yellow and purple as the lower values.
Bet Amounts – Betting begins at 20p per spin in Beauty and the Beast and can be increased to the maximum of £100 per spin. To the left of the spin button you will see the bet amount and beside that the coin value. It is the coin value you need to adjust in order to change your bet. There is a plus and minus on each side, which you need to select until you are happy with your bet amount showing on screen.
Wild Symbol – As it is a fairy tale it makes sense that the wild symbol in Beauty and the Beast is a magic mirror. It will substitute for all other symbols except the scatter.
Scatter Symbol – Belles red rose is the scatter symbol in Beauty and the Beast. Landing three or more anywhere on the reels will trigger the bonus round for you.
Servant Bonus Features – Triggered at random one of the three servants will enter the reels and add their bonus to the spin. You will see their pictures to the left of the reels and their character will float out of their image before settling on the reels.
- Butler bonus feature – will nudge a reel up or down in order to make the best winning combination.
- Chef bonus feature – will synchronise reels 2, 3 and 4 so that they all match.
- Maid bonus feature – will place at random either 2, 3 or 4 wilds anywhere on the reels.
Golden Bet Feature – For those of you who like to increase your win chances and don’t mind paying extra for it, then golden bet is for you. Press the gold button just to the left of the spin button to open the golden bet options, of which there are three to pick from. Each one costs extra coins on top of your line bet, but will offer extra features at the beginning of the spin and enhances your chances of entering the bonus spins round more often.
- Rose Boost – will award x2 features in every free spins round,
- Gaston Nudge – will nudge a scatter symbol onto the reels if it will trigger the bonus round,
- Belle Boost/Nudge – will apply both the boost and the nudge to the game.
There is an extra cost for having these features triggered on each spin though, so be sure that you are ready to take the extra cost on your balance before activating them.
- Rose boost – costs x5 coins extra, meaning if playing at 20p per spin it will now cost 25p per spin,
- Gaston Nudge – costs x15 coins extra meaning if playing at 20p per spin it will now cost 35p per spin,
- Belle boost/nudge – costs x30 extra coins meaning if playing at 20p per spin it will now cost 50p per spin.
Be sure to check the cost per spin incurred on each boost at your current bet level, before choosing it and hitting spin.
Bonus Spins Feature – Three or more rose scatter symbols will get you straight into the bonus spins round. You will now be allocated 10 bonus spins to play through and be given the choice of picking either the butler, chef or maid bonus to be activated instantly. If you retrigger the spins during the round you will be able to choose one more character boost, until you have triggered all three boosts. You will then not be able to trigger the bonus spins again. This means you will be able to trigger the spins up to a maximum of 30.
Beauty and the Beast is the perfect end to a beautiful story, Yggdrasil Gaming have excelled themselves with this slot. Well designed, beautifully executed and fun to play, all the things you look for. The addition of the golden bet is in theory a great idea but considering that the boosts are only active in helping the bonus spins, we found it a bit dull. With the extra cost incurred we had hoped for features that would enhance the base game too. That being said with the golden bet in place we did notice that the bonus spins triggered a little more often than without them. So, it really depends on what you are playing the game for as to whether you appreciate the golden bet feature or not. When all is said and done, we are suckers for a good fairy tale ending and with Beauty and the Beast we got that and much more. Whether you are a fan of the genre or not, this game has a lot to offer and we are sure it will appeal to all.