Forest Mania Basic Information:
If you had to guess what this pokie was about, based off the title, what conclusion would you come to? Mania in the forest, sure, but exactly what does that mean? No idea? Don't worry, that's what we're here for. Is this Forest Mania worthy of its title, or is more of a case of a random idea creating a random mess? Read our review to find out…
This pokie was created by the developers at iSoftBet. This talented team has its certification in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Alderney and the United Kingdom. While they commonly work with popular licenses from the film and television, iSoftBet also have a vast catalogue of new and original creations. This game was released on the 24th of February, 2017.
The iSoftBet system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from iSoftBet.
Forest Mania comes with a total of 100 paylines over 5 reels in a 5*4+5*12 layout.
- The minimum coins bet are static.
- The maximum coins bet are static.
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 2.00
- The return to player offered by this game is 95.62%, which towards the lower end of average.
Forest Mania is a rather simple game, in terms of options. To bring up the options screen the user must click on the small options icon which is located at the top-right of the main game screen. Clicking on the fullscreen option will simply set the game into fullscreen mode. Clicking on the sound button brings up a tab with the following 4 individual volume sliders.
- Effects Volume
- Music Volume
- General Volume
The player is also able to click on the small ‘i' button, located to the lower-right of the main game screen. When this is clicked the user is brought to a section detailing symbol worth, as well as various payline and bonus information.
The autoplay options in this game are accessed by clicking on the auto spin box within the main game. This brings up a screen where the player can enter various custom autospin limits. This includes:
- A loss limit
- Stopping when a win nets a entered quantity
Under this is where the player can select the total amount of autospins to attempt to play out, following the above rules. The player needs only select a number from the box and click start. These autospins can be stopped in the main game at any time.
Forest Mania does not appear to be based off any preexisting property, so there isn't much to go into here. It appears to be based in a forest, with a bunch of manic animals and monsters. That was enough for the developers, hopefully its enough for you too.
Other Features and Bonuses
This game comes with the random wilds feature. Normally only the above symbol can count as the wild. The random wilds feature can be triggered randomly within the main game. When this is activated a random symbol on the first set of reels will be changed into a wild. Following this, all other symbols of the same type will be converted into wilds.
The wild reels feature is also activated randomly, though it more frequently is triggered during the free spins bonus game. During this feature up to 3 chosen reels on the first set of reels become wild. Following this, the corresponding reels on the second set of reels will also become wild.
The free spins bonus in Forest Mania is triggered randomly. When this occurs the player will be gifted a maximum of 10 free spins. During these free spins bother the random wilds feature and the wild reels feature occur more commonly. This means while in this bonus game even greater payouts can be won!
How to Play:
Basic play for Forest Mania is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.
Alternatively the player can use the autospin button to enter their own autospin custom rules.
Overall Design and Usability:
Forest Mania is a relatively new game, and this is immediately obvious at a glance. The graphics and animations for this game are fantastically well done, and really make it obvious just how talented the team over at iSoftBet really are. Mostly this pokie works with the theme of a forest at night, or under heavy shade. It creates this look through the use of dark blues and greens, with fireflies giving a bit of sparkle to the area. The three creatures which sit towards the bottom of the game are also incredibly charismatic, showing their wonder at the game, and occasionally getting into fights. You know, as birds, cats and crocodiles often do.
When it comes to usability, this is game which performs well, but could also use some improvement. Users on new or powerful devices should have no problem with this game. During our testing process we found the game to be fast to respond and reliable. This might not be the case, however, when it comes to players on older or less powerful hardware. This is because the game itself is quite visually heavy, and the lack of graphical options may hurt some player's experience.
Where to find it:
iSoftBet may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the iSoftBet framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!
A game which shows off the design and graphical prowess of iSoftBet, and one which shows they are definitely a company to watch. Forest Mania brings a relaxing and colourful theme to the pokies, combining this with a small but solid bonus structure. This is the sort of game which can absoltely recommend for many players, with a couple of caveats. Firstly – if you are playing from an older or less powerful device this game might not work very well for you. Secondly – if you are a big fan of complex bonus structures then this might not be a great fit. If these are no issues to you then jump on in – just don't expect it to hold your attention forever.
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