By Playn GO
Min bet $0.01
Max bet $100
Max Win bet x 10000
Game provider Playn GO
Release Date 10/2015
Game Technology HTML5
Min bet $0.01
Max bet $100
Max Win bet x 10000
Gamble Feature Freespins, Scatter symbols, Wilds, RTP, Volatility
Devices Desktop, Mobile
Configurable Winlines No
Progressive Jackpot No
Put on your mask, as it is time for the ball. Join the Royal Masquerade and dance with the wealthy aristocrats of Venice.
Play’n GO released Royal Masquerade in the autumn of 2015. The slot drew a lot of attention, as it is a gorgeous game. Players wanted to join the party and experience the beautiful atmosphere. For a little while, this slot was the flavour of the month.
So, what does the slot offer? For starters, it looks and sounds wonderful. It has a high potential for big wins, but also high volatility that makes winning them a bit difficult. One thing that people also liked is the fact that this is a penny slot. You can actually play it with a $0.01 wager.
When you boil it down, it is a fairly simple slot. There aren’t many features, but what it has is worth it. Instead of free spins, you get win spins, and that is something that players love.
The night is upon us and the lanterns light the canals. The Venetian party is full of elegance and glamour. The guests and hosts are wearing masks and are veiled in mystery. This is no party for ordinary people, but only for those who are wealthy enough.
Simply put, this slot looks beautiful. The visual theme is properly thought out and executed perfectly. The backgrounds, the people and even the user interface are all entwined.
The music starts with a few quiet strings and as you start to play, the rest of the orchestra joins in. The last step is when the opera singer joins the song and then you know you hit something big.
What really did it for me, was that very music. I even wished that the developers had used the stronger bits more often, so I could just hear more of them. The song is both thematic and beautiful on its own. The best part for me is the music you hear when you gamble. That is just a perfect mood for the moment.
The elegance and opulence are obvious just by looking at the symbols. Even the low-tier ones are gold-brimmed and ornamental card symbols. The masked royalty and their guests are the high-tier symbols.
The two special symbols are the wild, which is a long-nosed mask, and the scatter, which is a golden mask. The scatter will activate the Win Spin feature and will give you extra spins during them.
One thing did bother me about the symbols. The king and queen both have a red backdrop and similar clothes, which is a bit confusing when you aren’t paying proper attention.
The game has a slightly top-heavy prize structure, but nothing abnormal. The biggest problem comes from the higher number of symbols, which makes hitting the correct ones harder. The biggest issue is the dry spells, which are common in high volatility slots.
If you want to win big, you need to activate the Win Spin feature. Five spins to start with may sound small, but I found that you can easily get extra spins. I don’t think I ever played fewer than ten spins.
The thing that I find interesting is that this is a penny slot. That isn’t that common with this high volatility. Now you can actually play a slot like this for a long time by just dropping the wager down to one penny.
Don the golden mask and you are taken to the exquisite ballroom reserved for the cream of the crop. If you get at least three golden masks, you get 5 win spins. These are free spins that guarantee a win of some kind.
You can get more win spins during the feature by getting more golden masks. Each will give you 2 more spins and the maximum amount you can get is 20.
I like this feature. Win spins are a great substitute for free spins. Nothing is worse than getting something like 20 free spins and hitting nothing. Sure, with win spins you can get only tiny wins, but at least that’s something.
When you win anything, you have the option to risk it for the biscuit. You can gamble your win and try to get even more. If you guess the card right, you win. Double up by guessing the colour and quadruple up by guessing the suit. If you guess right, you can gamble again.
Royal Masquerade is a high-flying game with a lot of action. Not only do I love the game’s visuals and sound, but also the features. Win Spin special feature is something you don’t see every day, especially one that can give you up to 20 spins.
The downside of the slot is the high volatility, which can either give you some big wins or quickly take everything you have. You can counteract this with a penny wager if you just want to play it for a long time. I found this to be an interesting little detail about the slot.
In the end, the slot is simple. It looks amazing, sounds great and has only one major feature. If those are enough to keep you playing, then I do suggest you give this one a go.