Rising Royals is a video slot from Just For the Win developed exclusively for Microgaming. This game has 5 reels and 20 paylines across 3 rows. Released in November 2019, this game can be played in online casinos such as ComeOn!, CasinoCruise or Spinit.
Rising Royals brings us an aristocratic theme. Those are not very common, but this is also not a first. It’s an opportunity to give us a lot of opulence, which is favoured in slots. In the background, we get a grand castle, which very much looks like Versailles. We are probably in 18th century France. And Versailles was the centre of the world at that time.
The reels are beautifully framed with chandeliers, pretty roses and gems. It is night-time and a chamber orchestra is providing us with suitable music. One might imagine a ball taking place right now.
The high value symbols show a duke, a duchess and another nobleman. The Rising Royals logo is the highest value symbol, however, paying out 15x our stake for a win of 5 of a kind. The duke pays out 7.5x our stake. The duchess is worth 5x our stake for such a win. And the other nobleman still pays out 3.5x our stake for 5 on a payline.
The playing card symbols from J to A make up the remaining symbols.
You can play this game from 0.10 to 250.00 per spin, which makes it suitable for a variety of budgets.
The main feature in this slot occurs when any of the four high value symbols land in a winning combination. In such a case, all instances of that symbol that are on the reels will be locked in their position and we are awarded a re-spin. If further matching symbols land on the reels, those will be locked in position as well.
At the same time, the upgrade meter (the chandeliers that frame the reels will light up on every consecutive win) is charged. When the meter is full, all locked symbols are upgraded to the next valuable symbol. The meter is reset and further re-spins occur for as long as more matching symbols are added to the reels. The re-spins and upgrades end when no more matching symbols appear on the reels or all 15 reel symbols are showing the same symbol.
Of course, the highest value symbol cannot be upgraded further.
Thus, it is possible to get the top payout of 300x our bet if the Rising Royals symbol is covering all reels.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) for Rising Royals is 96.01%, which is just average. The slot is not super volatile, but you won’t see a win on every spin either. The re-spins are triggered often enough, and you will also see symbol upgrades here and there.
Alas, the slot doesn’t manage to captivate. Yes, it is pretty enough, meaning the graphics department delivered some solid work here. But the gameplay will become boring sooner rather than later. There are plenty of slots out there that manage to be thrilling even though they only have one feature. That’s not the case with Rising Royals. These royals seem to be rather bored by their own existence.
Plus, the maximum payout is just pitiful. If you are after a bigger bang for your buck, this slot will not satisfy with a maximum payout of just 300x your bet. Of course, at the maximum bet you still win a ridiculous amount of money. And in this slot, you have a reasonably realistic chance of actually getting there.
So, if you like a medium variance slot that churns out decent wins with a little investment here and there, you can give Rising Royals a go. But if you are after more thrilling gameplay and wins, you will have to look elsewhere.
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