We all enjoyed our objective share of fairy tales growing up. The frilly ones, the frightening ones. The ones that spoke of implausible dreams coming true and the ones that inevitably taught us a lesson in self-effacement. Then every once in a while, there comes an off-the-wall, hair-brained twist on a classic fable with enough anecdotal humor and familiar characterization to draw each of us in. I’m talking, of course, about the new RTG slot, Hairway to Heaven.
If the name didn’t give it away, RTG’s Hairway to Heaven is an archetypal model of the timeless fairy tale, Rapunzel. This story of the lovely princess and her handsome would-be rescuer isn’t likely to make your heart go pitter-patter, but it might embolden players to mirth and laughter, and if nothing else, the myriad free spins features and multipliers should inspire cause for merriment.
The new RTG slot features 5 reels, 50 pay-lines and a rather warped plot. Playable coin sizes range anywhere from $0.01 up to $5, creating for a maximum bet size of $250 per spin. Hairway to Heaven presents traditional extras, like wilds, scatters, multipliers and free spins.
The Rapunzel-esque character’s extraordinarily elongated tresses symbolize an expanding wild, meaning that when a single hair icon appears on the middle reel, it grows to cover the entire reel in which it landed; thus there is potential for many more winning combinations. Not only that, but all winning sequences developed with a wild symbol have their payouts multiplied by 2x.
The charming and handsome, yet ungainly and awkwardly clumsy prince serves as the Scatter. When his cheery face appears on reels 1 and 2 in an active payline, it pays out the same as a standard winning combination, but when three or more prince icons appear – with or without the help of the fair maiden’s expanding wild on the 3rd reel – it triggers a special bonus feature wherein the player selects one of three royal chaps. The player is then awarded one of three bonus features; Damsel in Distress, Princess Pays or Hairway to Heaven.
Damsel in Distress is a free spins phase where the player receives 8 free spins. If the princess’s blonde locks appear on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th reel (not just the 3rd reel as in standard play), they will expand to make the whole reel wild, and will remain there until the free spins are over. Free spins can also be retriggered if the prince graces the reels with his triad presence.
Princess Pays is another free spins reward, doling out 10 free spins. This time, whenever the Princess appears, another free spin is awarded and all winning combinations for that spin are tripled. She will not, however, remain on the reels for the rest of the free spins.
Hairway to Heaven, the RTG slot’s namesake feature, is the best opportunity for players. For one, it can award 5, 7, 10, 15 or 20 free spins, but more importantly, the number of the free spin the player is on is the number at which all winning combinations will be multiplied. For instance, on free spin #1, payouts are multiplied only by 1x, rising to 2x on spin 2, 3x on spin 3, as high as 20x on a 20th spin.
RTG’s hirsute slot features two progressive jackpots; a minor jackpot and a major jackpot. There is no specific way to win these jackpots. They are randomly triggered throughout gameplay.
The new RTG slot, Hairway to Heaven, has another special trait known as the ‘Feature Guarantee’. This means that if the player has not triggered any of the special features randomly, they are guaranteed to play a feature after 125 paid spins. More often than not, a feature will be triggered well before then, but if not, the Damsel in Distress feature will be instantly awarded after the 125th spin of the reels.