As you may have guessed from the title, this is a slot with a fairy tale theme. The word ‘dime’ represents your many win opportunities. On the reels, you’ll find both a prince and a princess, while an elderly man looks very wizard-like. Throw in an enchanted castle and a pumpkin too, and it’s clear that you are in the middle of a Cinderella type story.
A free spins bonus round and the opportunity of landing a progressive jackpot act as the highlights. A multiplier on wins that include wilds will keep your bankroll topped up during the base game.
Once Upon a Dime is a standard five-reel slot that pays from left to right. There are 25 win lines in total and this number is set – so the only decision the player has to make is to set the stake size.
There are three human characters in the game and these act as the highest paying symbols. First, there is the prince, who is dressed in red with a matching velvet red hat – this symbol worth 2,500 coins if you hit the maximum five in a row on a win line. The princess, in a pink dress, comes next and has a top prize of 1,500 coins. The final human character, the elderly wizard like character holding a glowing lamp pays 1,000 coins.
Other standard symbols in the game are a bag of money, a unicorn with wings, a pumpkin and the playing card symbols J, Q, K and A.
The wild symbol in this 888 Games designed slot is represented by a gold coin showing the title of the slot. This wild will substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the scatter symbol to enable a host of extra wins. These wins are made even more valuable as any pay-outs due to the wild symbol will be multiplied by two.
The main feature of this fairy tale inspired slot is the free spins feature, which is activated by the enchanted castle scatter symbol. The good news is, the more scatter symbols you land, the more impressive the prize becomes. Land the minimum three and you’ll win 3 times your total stake and gain 15 free spins. Hit 4 scatters and you’ll have an immediate pay-out of 10x your total bet and find yourself with 25 free spins. The prize for the maximum 5 scatters is very impressive. You’ll win 50x your total bet up front and then sit back enjoy an amazing 50 free spins. What makes this feature even better is the fact that you can retrigger the spins at any time, the free spins won simply added to your existing total.
Once Upon a Dime also plays host a progressive jackpot. Interestingly, this jackpot is awarded randomly, with no matching symbols required on the reels at all. Players will have more opportunity of winning the jackpot by increasing the stake.
This game is played out against the backdrop of a fairy tale setting. In between rolling green hills, you’ll find an ancient looking barn to the right of the scene, while the enchanted castle is built on a slope to the left. Each of the symbols in the game have a transparent backing, so the eye-catching scenery remains in view throughout the game. These symbols are nicely designed and the combination of colors on the reels really bring the game to life. Some animation on the screen might have added to the game. Every time you hit spin you’re met by an up-tempo pipe music – imagine the pied piper of Hamlin skipping through the streets and you’ll have a good idea of the soundtrack.
The game controls are found at the bottom of the screen and alongside the spin button you’ll also find the auto play. Clicking this button will bring up the option of 10, 25, 50, 75 or an infinite number of spins.
Once Upon a Time is an enjoyable slot which will certainly to those who like to watch movies with a happy ending. The graphics are easy on the eye and the upbeat soundtrack adds to the atmosphere. The game is not particularly original, sticking with the tried and trusted gameplay concepts. With a simple free spins bonus round as the main feature, you’ll have played a slot like this one many times before. Nevertheless, the number of spins won can be huge and the opportunity of winning a progressive jackpot always gives a slot a boost.