When Yggdrasil Gaming released Beauty and the Beast in February 24, 2017, its press release described the slot game as a re-imagination of a romantic fable, with a game play as beautiful as the featured fairy beauty and the payouts as handsome as the shape-shifting fairy prince.
Yggdrasil also distributes other fairy-inspired online games, including Irish fairytale-oriented Rainbow Ryan (July 2017), the Chibeasties duology, Jungle Books (September 2017), and Chinese fairy-inspired games Legend of the White Snake Lady (July 2016) and The Legend of the Golden Monkey (May 2016). Rivals include Belle and the Beast from High 5 Games, Dangerous Beauty from IGT, and Transylvanian Beauty from BF Games.
Beauty and the Beast is based on a translation of a French author’s book about an unlucky widowed father-cum-businessman; his best daughter is seduced and lavished by a rich beast that shape-shifts into a handsome prince, which is central to the game play. The Beauty and the Beast players match three, four, and five gemstones, fairy characters and rose flowers.
Beauty and the Beast Game Characteristics
The Beauty and the Beast’s volatility rating is between 32 and 62. Its 20 fixed pay lines show up in a 5X3 grid. There are 15 symbols: four high, six low, and five special symbols. The high symbols are: a beast (a black ram-like animal with a human face and pointed teeth), prince (the beast’s human version), a golden-haired beauty, and an ornamented beauty.
The low symbols are: a princess cut red gem, a trilliant cut green gem, a circular pink gem, a heart-shaped blue gem, a pearl cut golden gem, and a pentagon cut purple gem. The special symbols comprise of three randomly-appearing servants—a butler in a dark suit, a chef in white and green, and a maid dressed in purple and white; there are a rose flower and a blue-and-golden substituting Wild.
The starting page is all about the free spins-friendly Golden Bet (a side game), the reels-synchronizing chef, the reels-positioning butler, and the random Wilds-offering maid.
The Beauty and the Beast coin values are: $0.01, $0.02, $0.03, $0.05, $0.07, $0.10, $0.16, $0.20, $0.30, $0.50, $0.70, $1.00, $2.00, $3.00, $4.00, and $5.00. These are the Beauty and the Beast cash bets: $0.20 (minimum bet), $0.40, $0.60, $1.00, $1.40, $2.00, $3.20, $4.00, $6.00, $10.00, $14.00, $20.00, $40.00, $60.00, $80.00, and $100.00 (maximum bet).
These are the Beauty and the Beast payouts for three, four, and five winning combinations, respectively. The four high symbols pay X30, X100, and X250. The low symbols pay the following. The red gem pays X7, X30, and X80. The green gem pays X7, X30, and X75. The pink gem pays X6, X25, and X70. The blue gem pays X5, X25, and X60. Both a golden gem and a purple gem pay X5, X20, and X50.
Three, four, and five rose flowers offer: ten free spins only; ten free spins plus 1000 coins; and ten free spins plus 5000 coins, respectively. During these free spins, players are prompted to choose one of the three servants as a helper. The Beauty and the Beast’s non-progressive jackpot is 100,000 coins.
The Beauty and the Beast software is good; the fairy soundscape (such as the roaring beast) is interesting; and the animated 3D graphics accurately illustrate the literary storyline, especially (as the starting page segues into the grid) the mysterious zooming in castle whose chambers have enchanting décor.
Luck in Beauty and the Beast
A game of chance, Beauty and the Beast’s RTP rate ranges between 96.3% and 97.1%, and its house is between 2.9% and 3.7%.