A Freefall Pokie Based Around the Art Nouveau Movement
The ‘Art Nouveau’ movement sprang up in Western Europe and the USA towards the end of the 19th century. The new popular art form was characterized by intricate linear designs and flowing curves and would be at its most popular until the start of the First World War in 1914. This IGT designed pokie focuses on three ‘art nouveau’ paintings featuring three beautiful muses. One is a red head, one is a blonde and the other a brunette who wear green, blue and purple gems respectively – these gems also appear in their own symbols.
Features Galore in IGT’s Nouveau Riche
Nouveau Riche is an enjoyable and unique game, appealing especially to those with a flair for art, featuring the following highlights:
Nouveau Riche features the freefall format, which adds an extra layer of excitement to the game. Instead of the symbols appearing on reels, they fall onto the screen, stacking on top of one another.
Any time you win, the winning symbols, after paying out, will disappear, with the symbols from above falling into their place, while new symbols will appear at the top. The reels will now be re-evaluated, with any new wins being paid, and these symbols will disappear too. This pattern will continue until there are no more wins – giving the opportunity for many wins at the cost of just one spin.
Look out for the bonus symbol which shows a golden jug on a blue background, with an ornate golden frame surrounded by blue flowers – very art nouveau! This bonus symbol appears on reels 1, 2 and 3 only and to activate the feature you’ll need three to land on an active pay-line.
You’ll now be asked to pick from one of the three muses, who appear full screen standing around a well of water, each holding a jug. You’ll click on one of the jugs, which the muse will now tilt and pour more water in the well, a number appearing and rising as more water is poured. This number relates to the number of free spins. In true ‘pick me’ style, the number of spins you ‘would have won’ are displayed in front of the other two muses.
When the free spins begin, you can also win additional spins, as the bonus symbol now appears on reel 3 with a ‘+1’ symbol, each bonus adding another spin to your total.
Nouveau Riche features a 5×3 reel configuration with a set number of 20 win-lines. The highest paying symbol in the game shows the title / logo – this pays an impressive 5,000 coins for landing five in a row, easily the highest pay-out in the game.
The red-headed muse pays a top prize of 800 coins, while the blonde and the brunette pay 400 and 300 coins respectively. The pay table is completed by the green, blue and purple gems which pay 100, 100 and 80 coins. The final symbol in the game is the wild which substitutes for any other symbol apart from the scatter.
Nouveau Riche plays out against a backdrop featuring large trees with twisting branches interspersed by a flowing river. The river flows rapidly from left to right, this motion bringing the scene to life.
The transparent reels show that there are mountains in the background, while the ‘muses’ on those reels bring character to the game. The best visuals of all come when you meet the three ladies around the well, while the background changes to a sea-based scene during the feature. Birdsong plays throughout the game, added to by sometimes dramatic sound effects, adding a nice atmosphere to the game.
IGT have designed an appealing and eye-catching pokie in Nouveau Riche. The freefall system in play ensures that every spin is made more interesting, with the potential for win after win. Things get even more interesting when you enter the feature. In a nice touch, you’ll have to pick a muse to reveal the number of spins, with the potential to add many further spins as you pick up those bonus symbols. This is not the first art-themed slots from IGT, if you enjoy this game, you should also check out the Da Vinci Diamonds pokies.