Yggdrasil has a reputation for producing beautifully designed games, and Chibeasties is no exception. The title characters in this online slot are strange, alien-looking creatures with big eyes who live in an enchanted forest that contains all sorts of weird and wonderful flora, as we’ll see later on.
Apart from the theme, this is a straightforward classic slot, with a 5x3 grid and twenty fixed paylines to land three or more matching symbols on for a win. The symbols themselves are all themed, with four strange-looking plants as the low pays, and different coloured Chibeasties in various poses as the premiums. The betting range is from 0.20 to 40.00 per spin, and the line bet is your chosen stake divided by 20.
The Wild symbol is a big bright blue gem entwined in roots. This can appear anywhere on the reels and will stand in for all the regular symbols to help form winning combinations.
The Scatter is a wooden Chibeastie statue, with a pair of gold-framed sunglasses. Three anywhere in view on the grid will award the player 10 Free Spins, four will get 20, and five Scatters in view awards a generous 40 Free Spins.
The only bonus feature in Chibeasties is the bonus round, which triggers as described above. To boost the win potential of the bonus round a bit, one symbol is randomly chosen as an expanding symbol before the free spins start. And this can even be the Wild.
During the bonus round, at the end of the spin, after any regular wins have been calculated, all instances of the chosen symbol expand to fill the entire. Any new winning combinations are then calculated and awarded to the player. This basically means there are two chances to win on every spin during the bonus round. And if the chosen expanding symbol happens to be the Wild, it can be a very lucrative feature indeed.
Chibeasties is a fantastic game for players who like classic slot action. The base game is just that, and the weird creatures and plants landing on the reels make a nice change from the card ranks and slot symbols we usually see in these types of games. And the expanding symbol in the Free Spins adds just enough excitement and win potential to the round. The medium to high volatility gives an excellent range of payouts, but keep in mind, you're never guaranteed to come out ahead when gambling, so always set a loss limit before each session. Good Luck.