Enter an enchanted woodland that’s home to a strange assortment of bug-eyed creatures known as Chibeasties. This beautifully designed 5 reel, 20 payline slot from Yggdrasil Gaming comes with a bonus feature that offers up to 40 free spins complete with expanding symbols. Venture into the forest from between 20p and £40 per spin.

Chibeasties is a bright and bold affair – symbols on the reels include 4 lower value plants and flowers and a quartet of the aforementioned Chibeasties. The brown critter is the pick of this bunch, offering payouts of 750 coins if you manage to land 5 in a payline.

The main attraction here though is the Free Spins feature which is triggered by the wood cut free spins symbol. Three of these scatters will get you 10 free spins. Land four and it increases 20 free spins. If you’re lucky to find 5 on a single spin, you’ll receive a whopping 40 free spins.

And that’s not all either – before your free spins play out, 1 symbol will be chosen at random to become the expanding symbol. Whenever it lands during the feature, it will expand to fill the entire reel in which it appears. A normal payout consideration will be made with a second one following with the expanded symbols in position. You can get expanding symbols on more than 1 reel on a single spin and the payouts can get big very quickly if the wild is the randomly chosen symbol!

The gameplay in Chibeasties is silky smooth, even if you opt to play in turbo mode. The variance is pretty frantic too so expect some lean spells in the base game. Land the maximum number of free spins with a high value symbol (or better still the wild) as the expander and the sky is the limit though.

Yggdrasil Gaming know how to produce easy on the eye slots and Chibeasties is a case in point. The graphics are terrific with the action playing out to a gentle and melodic soundtrack which is an ideal complement to the on screen action.

Yes, they’re a little strange to look at but these Chibeasties and their woodland setting can deliver some very pretty payouts if fortune is pointing in your direction. If you like the theme, IGT’s Pixies of the Forest is similar.