Enchanted Garden II Slot Review
Enchanted Garden II Game Details
|Jackpot:||15,000 x Stake|
|Auto Play Feature:||Yes|
Where To Play Enchanted Garden IImobile play or not.
Enchanted Garden – the original – is one of Realtime Gaming’s most successful slot releases in history, and it continues to be one of their most frequently played games. That’s why it came as no surprise to me when I learned they were releasing a sequel – and it’s aptly titled Enchanted Garden II.
Again, like the original Enchanted Garden, the sequel is set deep in the middle of a mystery, fantasy-like forest, and you’ll be playing alongside fairies and a variety of animals and forest-dwelling plants as you spin the reels. To be fair to Realtime Gaming, while the game isn’t too different from the original the graphics look infinitely more crisp, and the gameplay – to me at least – seems a lot smoother and easier on the eyes.
The slot itself is built around a fairly classic 5-reel, 3-row format and there’s a total of 25 paylines in play here. Like the original, the number of paylines is adjustable, meaning you can choose to play anywhere from between one and 25. It’s also one of the few differences to the original; Enchanted Garden had 20 paylines while the sequel now offers 25.
How To Play
As Enchanted Garden II offers an adjustable payline structure your first decision is choosing how many paylines you actually want to play. As a general rule of thumb I always advocate for playing as many paylines as you can; this will ensure you have the best chance of actually forming wins, and it also (usually) means you’re getting the game’s best RTP.
The only time I’d recommend playing a lower number of paylines is when you’re deliberately trying to increase the volatility of a game – kind of like we see players doing with Play’n Go’s “Pimped.”
Once you’ve selected how many paylines you want to play you’ll then need to choose how much you want to stake. Enchanted Garden II can be played from as little as 25p per spin and – casino dependent – as much as £50 per spin. Once you’re all set you simply need to hit the “Spin” button and you’ll be able to begin playing right away!
Like most RTG slots there’s a fairly detailed paytable available, although it’s not dynamic so it doesn’t adjust to the stake size you’re currently on. There’s also an autoplay function available, allowing you to pre-set up to 100 spins to play out automatically without you manually needing to press the spin button.
Symbols and Payouts
There’s not a huge amount of difference between the symbols in Enchanted Garden II when compared to the original version of the game, although they have gotten a slight graphical makeover so they look crisper, clearer and more defined.
Like the original, you won’t find any playing card values, including 10, jack, queen, king, and ace on the reels, with the game developer choosing, instead, to represent the lower-paying symbols with a bunch of Strawberries, a Book, a Mushroom and a Moon.
The mid-paying symbol includes a Frog, a Magic Tree, a Treasure Chest and a Castle. The two top-paying symbols include a Fairy, and the Wild symbol is the game’s too-paying symbol, awarding a whopping 5,000X your line bet for matching up a 5-of-a-kind combo.
The wild symbol also substitutes for any other symbol on an active payline – and it’s also key to triggering one of the free-spins features, as I’ll talk about in the section below.
Enchanted Garden II comes with two bonuses and features – and I was actually quite surprised to learn that when one of these bonuses is triggered the RTP of the game increases from 96% to 97%.
That may not sound like a lot, but over the long-run that’s quite a significant increase, so it’s clear the bonuses and features are what you’ll be wanting to look out for while playing! Below, I’ll walk you through the two bonuses you’ll find inside the game.
Before we do however, I want to point out how you actually trigger the bonus.
The scatter symbol in Enchanted Garden II is the game’s main logo, and you’ll need to land this scatter symbol in conjunction with a wild to trigger the feature. You will then be able to pick from one of the two following free-spins features:
If you chose the Firefly Feature you’ll be awarded with 7 free spins. During the free-spins, you’ll notice that the graphics behind the reels have changed, and new, firefly symbols are flushed around the screen.
If, on any spin, you manage to land three or more of the firefly symbols on the 5th reel you’ll be awarded an additional 3 free-spins, and I should also point out that all wins during the Firefly Feature are subject to a 3X multiplier.
Fairy Queen Feature
In my opinion the Fairy Queen feature is the substantially better bonus to go for, and you start with 10 free-spins instead of 7.
During this bonus, all wins are subject to a 2X multiplier, and while you can’t re-trigger any more spins, there is an added multiplier applied to your wins if you manage to form a win using the Fairy Princess Wild symbol which now appears on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Jackpot and How To Win
Enchanted Garden II is one of RTG’s few “super successful slots” to not have progressive jackpots built into it. This means you’ll be looking to hit the in-game jackpot to walk away with a huge payday, and the game has a maximum payout (per spin) of 15,000 coins.
That’s nowhere near as high as some of the game developer’s other slots – and compared to many of the Megaways-esque games we’re seeing today, it’s actually pretty low! That being said, it’s still a decent payday, and who’s really going to turn down a few thousand times their stake!
As I always say, there are not any methods or strategies to improve your chances of winning when playing Enchanted Garden II, but as it’s a volatile slot I’d only recommend playing it if you’re willing to give it a few hundred spins at a minimum. Any less than that and you’re not really giving it enough time to bonus – and that, after all, is where the vast majority of the game’s win-potential can be found.
Realtime Gaming were arguably one of the last developers to really take HTML5 seriously, and many of their most successful and popular slots – to this day – haven’t been ported over from Flash to HTML5.
This means that quite a significant part of their gaming portfolio remains unavailable to be played from most mobile devices. Of course, there are always workarounds – you can download special browsers or apps – but for most of us that’s far too much effort, especially when it’s to play a slot you may only end up playing for 15 minutes.
Putting the lack of mobile optimization aside, however, Enchanted Garden II does run pretty well from desktop and laptop devices, and if you’re based in the US – or are using a downloadable casino client to play it – you’ll actually probably enjoy quite a smooth and sophisticated gaming experience.
While, generally speaking, I’m not a huge fan of RTG’s slots (it’s also really hard to actually play them here in the UK) I recognise the popularity of Enchanted Garden II, and if I’m honest, it’s not hard to see why it’s become one of the game developer’s most successful commercial releases yet.
I feel as though it combines old-school slot machine technology with the graphics of state-of-the-art video slots, and RTG has managed to get a great balance between building a slot that delivers frequent but worthwhile wins. The bonus round also appears to trigger fairly frequently which is never a bad thing in my eyes!
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