There’s 576 different ways to line up symbols for a win in NextGen Gaming’s Queen of the Castle video slot, which sets the action between the turrets of a cartoon castle and can pay you a king’s ransom when some the right combinations land in place. Although it comes with the standard 5 reels, there’s no paylines running across them and the reels are unequal in size, with the number of symbols in each being in a 3-4-5-4-3 format. All that’s needed to get a win is to land 3 or more of the same symbol across adjacent reels from the left.
Playable from 40p to £20 per spin across desktop, mobile and tablet devices, this medieval themed game comes with locked reels, red and purple mystery chest symbols which display the same symbol, red and purple mystery chest nudges and a free games feature where you can win go up levels to win extra free spins and benefit from up to 3,087 ways to win.
Lining up enough symbols returns multiples of the coin value, and starting at the lower end of the paytable, there’s the J, Q, K and A, each of which returns 4, 5, or 6 coins when they are on 3, 4, or 5 reels from the left side. Green and purple gems pay out 5, 6, or 7 coins, while blue or gold gems are worth 6, 7, or 8. Heading up in value, the throne (well, more of a posh chair actually,) is worth 6, 7, or 9 coins, and then we have the bag of gold coins, a corgi and the game logo on a banner, which pays you the top wins in the base game of 10, 15, or 20 coins.
These relatively small rewards are offset by the rich variety of bonus symbols and special features that can significantly boost winnings. It’s also possible to land multiple winning combinations in a single spin, so don’t be put off by what appears to be quite low-paying symbols. The Queen is a wild symbol, who will be stacked on any reels she lands on, helping to complete winning lines by plugging any gaps in a sequence of matching icons, although she doesn’t actually have any value on her own, and can’t substitute for the bonus or crown symbols.
Something else that can lead to extra wins in the base game is a Locked Reels feature, which can occur in any random spin. You will see vines grow up around the middle 3 reels, which then spin together with matching symbols across them. If the same symbols are anywhere on reel 1, you are guaranteed a 4 of a kind winning combination.
Treasure chests are traditionally packed with riches and the ones in the Queen of the Castle video slot are no different, helping punters to more 4 of a kind wins whenever they fill reel 1 on the left side, or reel 5 on the right. If the red chest fills all of reel 1 at the end of a spin, then all playing cards in view will first be replaced by more red chests, and then transform in to a single type of medium or high-paying symbol, either a gem, or picture icon. The new combinations are then re-calculated and with a little luck, you get some higher-value prizes paid out.
If the purple chest stops across all of reel 5, all gem symbols and any other mystery chests, will be replaced by the top-paying throne, money bag, corgi or banner symbols and once again, the new combination will be re-evaluated for any wins. To help you fill reels with either mystery chest, the symbols can be nudged into position, so even if they only partly fill a reel after a spin, the feature can be triggered.
Should both features get triggered at the same time, all red chests become purple chests before the bonus sequence begins
The shield bonus symbol will pay out 120 coins when it’s seen in any 3 or more places at once, but more importantly, it starts a unique free spins feature which can get better and better as the bonus games progress. An initial 14 free spins are awarded, which seems a somewhat random number, but never mind, as it can be easy to get more spins added on.
All bonus symbols that appear on the middle 3 reels during the round are replaced by a crown and each crown is counted on the right-side tower, which slowly gets filled from bottom to top throughout the games. If you get 3 crowns in the tower, 2 additional spins are added, while all the middle reels get an extra symbol position each, which makes it easier to land matching symbols across the game, with 1125 ways to win.
If you get 4 crowns in the tower, another 2 games are added and more symbol positions are seen on the middle reels for 1944 ways to win, while 5 crowns add more bonus spins and the reels will grow to give 3087 ways.
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Video Slot 'Queen Of The Castle ' from the game provider NextGen is a 3-4-4-4-3 game with 576 betways. Slot has RTP=96.508% and MED(?) level variance. Main game features are: Wild, Bonus Game, Substitution of winning symbols, Scatter
A simple bet matrix gives you the option to wager from a coin value of 0.01, which equals a total bet of 0.40 per spin, up to a high limit of 2.50, for a total bet of 100.00.symbols, Bonus symbols, Stack.
With a pleasant soundtrack playing, symbols on the reels include A, K, Q and J royals, 4 colourful gems, velvet red thrones, money bags, little dogs and Queen of the Castle banners.
The latter is the most lucrative giving you 10, 15 or 20 times your stake for 3, 4 or 5 on a payline. The Queen of the Castle herself is the wild symbol and substitutes for all symbols bar the bonus and crown symbols. The shield Bonus symbol is the scatter for 3 rewarding you with 120 times your total stake.
In terms of bonus features, Queen of the Castle has plenty – you have the Locked Reels feature which is randomly triggered in the base game. You will see vines wrap around the 3 middle reels which then sees them lock and spin together to display the same symbol.
Look out for the Red Mystery Chest symbol appearing fully on reel 1 as this will trigger the Red Mystery Chest Reveal feature – all royal symbols (A, K, Q and J) on reels 2 through 5 are replaced by Red Mystery Chest symbols. These then will reveal 1 randomly chosen symbol – either the banner, dog, money bag, throne or any of the 4 gems.
Then you have the Red Mystery Chest Nudge feature which is played when the Stacked Red Mystery Chest symbol appears partially on reel 1 – the stack can be nudged to fill reel 1 which then triggers the above Red Mystery Chest Reveal feature.
There’s also a Purple Mystery Chest symbol which can occupy reel 5 to trigger the Purple Mystery Chest Reveal feature – this works like the Red Mystery Chest Reveal feature but all gems and Red Mystery Chest symbols on reels 1 through 4 are replaced by Purple Mystery Chests. These then reveal a randomly chosen symbol – only the higher value banner, dog, money bag of throne can be chosen. There’s also a Purple Mystery Chest Nudge feature which can nudge the 5th reel to trigger the Purple Mystery Chest Reveal feature.
Finally, there’s a Free Games feature which is accessed when you get 3 Bonus symbols on the 3 middle reels – as well as 120 times your stake, you’ll receive 14 free spins. The Bonus symbol is replaced by the Crown during the free spins – every crown that appears is counted on the Tower. When you fill the Tower Meter, you’ll benefit from enhancements:
Level 1 (Tower Meter Size = 3) – number of symbol positions on the 3 middle reels goes up by 1 with 1,125 ways to win. You’ll also get 2 more free spins.
Level 2 (Tower Meter Size = 4) – you’ll play with 1,944 ways to win with 2 additional free spins awarded.
Level 3 (Tower Meter Size = 5) – you’ll get another row with 3,087 ways to win plus 2 more free spins.
Level 4 (Tower Meter Size = 6) – you’ll receive 3, 4, 5 or 6 more free spins with 3,087 ways to win.
The Tower Meter is reset after each level you clear – once you reach level 4, it’s reset at Tower Meter Size 6 meaning you can refill it indefinitely to win a countless amount of additional free spins. What makes the Free Games feature good is that the 4 other bonus features can be triggered meaning you can benefit from the same symbol showing on the 3 middle reels for huge wins.
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The theoretical average return to player (RTP) is 96.508%. This RTP represents the long-term expected payback of the game which has been calculated by an independent testing company and monitored monthly.
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