The Big Bad Wolf slot sees the characters from the well-known fairytale, the 3 Little Pigs, appearing on the 5x3 grid in a classic slot game. The entertaining animations and classic slot gameplay made this slot a hit when it first came out, and have earned it a place in the Slots Hall of Fame in the decade since its release.
This game from Quickspin has simple, cartoon-style graphics and animations, which give the player glimpses into the piggy's houses behind the symbols dropping onto the reels. And equally simple gameplay where wins are formed by landing three or more matching symbols on adjacent reels, starting from the leftmost, on one of the 25 fixed paylines.
There are no bonus features, except a possible win multiplier in the Free Spins or twists to gameplay like extra mini-games. But all the elements combine to produce a game that won Best Game of the Year in the 2013 EGR Awards.
As well as low-paying 10 to A card ranks, there are four premium symbols in the paytable. These are a little toy pig, and the 3 piggy brothers, easily recognisable by the tools, or lack of them, in their hands. The maximum payout for the low-pays is 4x the bet for 5 Aces on a payline, and payouts for the premiums go up to a max of 30x the bet for the lazy little pig who built his house of straw.
A Beehive is the Wild, standing in for regular symbols to help form winning combinations, and giving its own payouts of up to 40x the bet for 5 on a payline. The Big Bad Wolf makes his appearance as the game's Scatter. And three or more on the grid trigger the Free Spins round, where the wolf can chase the pigs from house o house with the help of a special Moon symbol that only lands in this bonus round.
The Big Bad Wolf slot bonuses start with a Swooping Reels feature after every win. Swooping reels is Quickspins’ name for what other developers call Cascading or Tumbling reels. All symbols involved in a win disappear, and existing and new symbols tumble down the grid to fill the empty spaces. This process repeats if a new winning combination is formed.
And as an added bonus, two consecutive Swooping Reels wins will turn one of the pig symbols into a sticky Wild that remains in place until no new wins are formed, and the Swooping Reels come to an end.
When three or more of the Wolf Scatter land on one spin, the player gets a payout of 3x the bet and 10 Free Spins. This starts with an entertaining animation of the Wolf running up to blow down the house made of straw and is also where gets his chance to huff, and to puff, and to blow the remaining houses down, to the player's advantage.
During the Free Spins, the special Moon symbols are collected whenever they land, and 3 in the metre will give the Wolf the puff he needs to blow the wooden house away and replace it with the brick one. This also adds two more free spins to the remaining total. 6 Moon symbols in the metre, and the Wolf blows away the brick house as well, adding another two spins to the round, and applying a x2 multiplier to all wins formed in the remaining spins. The round can also be extended by ten more spins if three more Scatter land simultaneously during it.
Big Bad Wolf was an immediate hit with players when it was released, and is still going strong a decade later, and it's not hard to see why! Classic slot gameplay combines with great graphics and animations to make a fast-paced, fun-packed game with win potential is boosted by the Big Bad Wolf huffing and puffing away in the Free Spins round. But chasing pigs is high volatility, as the Wolf can tell you, so always set a loss limit before playing. If you like this, you might also enjoy some of the other online slots available at Gala Bingo like The Dog House Megaways, Silver Lion and Barn Festival. Good Luck!