Wed, Feb 27, 4:36am by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:26pm
When you first see the plain design of the fruit symbols of this 5-reel, 5 win-line pokie from IGT, you’d think it had appeared in time machine. I do recommend you give it a try – there are a couple of elements to the game play which make it enjoyable. With cherries, plums and bells on the reels, things won’t feel to ‘royal’ at first. Wait until you get the crowns in the right place, and a royal fortune could be coming your way.
A big advantage of only having 5 win-lines is that you can spin for more per line than on many recent games. This gives Royal Spins the potential for big pay outs. There is a progressive element, involving cherries – plus scatter wins come into play when you trigger the free spins bonus. Here is what to expect when you play on the Royal Spins pokies:
Underneath the plain reels of Royal Spins, you’ll see a line of greyed out cherries. Next to these is a prize amount, which will keep rising while you spin. At first this seems confusing. Sometimes a sparkling effect will go down to the prize, increasing it – other times it will not.
You will find this is connected to the red 7’s. When you get one on reel 5, any 7’s on any reel will then contribute 1 coin to this total.
To win it, you need to line up 5 cherries on one of the win lines multiple times. Each time you do this, one of the cherries beneath the reels gets colour. The 5th time you get 5 of a kind of these, you win the small progressive (as well as the usual prize for 5 cherries!). The process then starts over.
Crown symbols trigger the bonus when they appear on consecutive reels. You need a minimum of 3 to get 3 free spins, with 4 and 5 triggering 5 and 10 free spins instead.
There is a big addition to your winning potential during these free spins. The crowns (even a single one) get scatter prizes. Here is the list:
1 Crown = 2x total bet
2 Crowns = 6x total bet
3 Crowns = 12x total bet
4 Crowns = 48x total bet
5 Crowns = 200x total bet
You will also retrigger for more spins with 3 or more on consecutive reels. While this is not a visually attractive bonus, it certainly has some big win potential! As a nice addition, every spin is a winner. If you spin without getting any crowns at all, that spin is worth 1x your total bet.
This game shows how pokie gaming started when the jump from 3 to 5 reels was new. There are 5 win-lines crossing the 5×3 grid. These are the 3 horizontal reels and two diagonals from the top and bottom left which go back in a V shape to the same corners.
While this does make it harder to hit a win-line, the prizes for doing so are big. You’ll be able to spin for 10c per line where you are used to 1c (for example) – boosting the pay outs. The biggest prize is for the red 7’s. You get 1,000 coins for 5 of a kind. Bells are next (500 coins), followed by plums, oranges, and cherries.
There are no wild symbols, and scatter wins only come into play during the free spins.
This pokie is set within the walls of a castle, with a banner at the top having a slightly regal look to it. The only other sign of anything royal is the crown on the reels.
Most old fruit machines used a double cherry, while this one chooses a bunch of 3 of them. There is nothing unusual about the remaining symbols. Some cheerful electronic music plays when you win, completing the retro pokie picture!
Despite the obviously dated looks, I enjoyed taking this pokie for a spin. IGT have added a progressive element (with the cherries) and an interesting free spins game into the mix. Every one of your free spins is guaranteed to be a win. You can get up to 200x your bet (and add 10 more spins) if you are lucky enough to hit 5 of the crowns.