Pixies of the Forest

Pixies of the Forest slots go against the common theme of most IGT games. Most of the slot machine games from International Game Technology take existing intellectual property, usually game shows, other TV shows, pop stars, or movies, and convert them into a gaming machine.

But with Pixies of the Forest, IGT has created a unique and wonderfully- themed game that should appeal to anyone who loves fairies.

Here are the details about this game:

IGT’s Pixies of the Forest Slot Machine Games

Pixies of the Forest slots have 5 reels and a whopping 99 pay lines. But unlike most games, you don’t have to wager one credit per line. Every credit you wager in this one activates 3 pay lines. That means for 33 credits, you can activate all 99 pay lines.

The game is available in the following denominations: $1, $2, $3, $5, $10, $20, and $30. If you’re playing all 99 lines, your minimum wager per spin is $33, and your maximum wager per spin is $990. This is one of the best games available for high rollers, but low rollers might be happier sticking to the penny slots.

Reels and Symbols

The background of the game (the image behind the reels) is that of a forest with some kind of pink and purple cloud in the sky. The symbols include the titular pixies, but there’s also a “Pixies of the Forest” logo and the seemingly ubiquitous playing card symbols that IGT loves to include on their games

The playing card symbols are decorate with shimmering stars and look magical enough, but their presence is still a distraction from the game’s theme. Playing cards and pixies aren’t a natural fit, so this aspect of the game disappointed me.

The artwork on the pixies is lovely, though. There’s a reasonably good variety of lovely pixies who would make Tinkerbell green with envy.

The Pixies of the Forest slot machine game also features the “Tumbling Reels” technology that’s unique to some of the newer games from IGT.  The game also has wild symbols and bonus icons. The wild symbols act like a joker in a poker game—they substitute for any symbol you might need in order to have a winning combination. The bonus icons trigger free spins.

The game allows you to use an auto spin function to spin the reels for you.  Using this function, you can pre-select 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 spins, which saves you the trouble of hitting the spin button repeatedly.  I recommend spinning the reels the old-fashioned way, though. Anything you can do to slow down your play helps to limit the amount of money you’re expected to lose compared to the amount of time you spend playing.

The game also has a graphics selector. If you’re running an older computer or have a slower Internet connection, you can reduce the fidelity of the images and the sounds to smooth out your game-play. In the 21st century, most urban audiences won’t have to deal with this, but people in rural areas with slower connections might find that this comes in handy.

How Is the Game Play?

When I tried the game, I didn’t win on any of my first 8 spins. At $33 per spin, that was discouraging.

On my 9th spin, I won $70. It was nice that my first win was more than I’d put down, as many slot machine games with this many lines offer really small wins that are actually losses in disguise.

On spin #10, I won another $66. One of the aspects of the game that I enjoyed was the sound. When you do win, you hear magical tinkling sounds and pixies laughing in the forest.

During the next 10 spins, I had a small win every one or two spins, but on my 20th spin, I hit a reasonably sized win. (I also triggered the Tumbling Reels feature, which was cool.) On that spin I won $191. At that point, I was only down $102 from my starting bankroll, which wasn’t too bad for the amount of play I’d gotten.

Another thing I noticed about this game is that the reels spin really fast—faster than on some other games. Since one of the tricks to enjoying slot machines without losing a lot of money is slowing down your play, you have to be extra diligent about strategies for slowing down.

Conclusion

Pixies of the Forest slots are a lot of fun if you’re a fan of the theme and have a decent sized bankroll, but they’re probably not appropriate for most low rollers. The Tumbling Reels feature is fun, and the hit ratio seems to be about 35% or so. You can get a decent amount of play for your money if you’re cognizant of your playing speed.

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