My childhood was one filled with magic faraway trees, neverlands, wonderlands and Narnias. When I saw that Rabcat’s Gnome Wood online slots offers the chance to visit a fantasy world and meet some of its denizens, I simply could not resist it.
It turns out the main character, who lives in a Hobbit hole-style house in a forest dotted with flowers and hallucinogenic fly agaric mushrooms, has a bit of a foxy look about him. He also uses a mousey creature as a steed. He’s the friendly sort, and seemed only too happy to let me join him on his fun-filled quest for magical objects that can translate to real-money wins on 5 reels and 25 lines.
I was happy to find that the paylines are adjustable, because I’m sick of fixed-line games. As for bets, I had a choice of a minimum of 0.25, a maximum of 25.00, and of various other amounts in between, per spin.
Elements of Magic
The creatures of the fairy world cannot be separated from magic, and I was delighted to see there is plenty of it to go around in Gnome Wood. The animations that accompany the gameplay, of which there are many, are highly entertaining. In fact, I’d say the slots are worth playing just for the wonderful sights and sounds encountered along the way.
Even the themed symbols, which include the Gnome, his mouse-steed, a cauldron, a book of enchantments, the glowing top of his leaf-sprouting staff, a pink crystal pendant, a gold sun, a blue Wild, and fire, water, air, and earth sigils, burst with colour and life when they complete payouts or trigger special features.
Powerful Walking Wilds
The action and effects of the standard Gnome Wood symbols was fantastic, but little did I know how powerful the Wild symbol would turn out to be. It substituted for one of the standard symbols, of course, but, glowing with power, it then moved to a position on the reel to the left of the one on which it first landed.
What’s more, its magic was strong enough to create a bonus spin. The Wandering Wild kept moving to the left and granting bonus spins until it disappeared after leaving reel 1.
Imagine my surprise when, a few spins later, I landed another Wild that was slightly different to the first. This one bore the label 2X Wild. Lo and behold, it not only substituted for a standard symbol to create a payout, it also doubled it – and then wandered to the next reel, setting a bonus spin in motion! So, not only does it act as a multiplier, it has the same ability to wander and award bonus spins as the first Wild!
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Another Gnome Wood online slots feature I was lucky enough to trigger began when 3 golden sun discs appeared on the reels. I followed the Gnome and his steed to the ancient temple, where I received 10 Free Spins.
Even though I wasn’t so lucky as to re-trigger them from within the round, it can be done. However, I was happy to see that both Wilds make an appearance during the Free Spins.
During the base game, landing wins gave me the option of using the Gamble Game. I resisted for a while, and then threw caution to the wind. Instead of choosing card suits and colours, I had to select either a gold or copper cauldron – and was amazed to see the one I selected send up a shower of sparks, doubling my winnings in the process, and giving me the chance to play the mini-game a few more times. I’ll definitely be heading back to Gnome Wood for another visit with my magical new friends!