Royal Masquerade slot review (Play’n GO)
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This Play’n GO slot is set in Venice. All the costumes, masks, colours, and classical, dramatic background music will make you feel like you’re at a masked ball.
All other sounds, too, have a dramatic, opera-like feel to them. Maybe a little over the top, but somehow it works with this theme.
Payout rate & variance
The game has a maximum of 10 paylines and an excellent theoretical payout rate of 96.51% with high variance. It can take a while before you hit a nice prize during the base game, but as soon as the Royal Masquerade slot is in the right mood, your patience will be rewarded generously.
The Stacked Wilds are the bread and butter of the slot and help to keep the action exciting.
Do keep an eye on the golden Scatter symbol as well. It only gives you 5 free spins, but at least they are all winning spins.
Royal Masquerade gameplay & features
The game consists of 5 reels and 3 rows, and you can play from $€ 0.01 up to a maximum of $€ 25 per spin. A nice setup for lower betting and/or new players who want to try their luck on this slot. You’ll get a lot of playtime for a minimum bet. You can adjust your bet by raising your coin size from $€ 0.01 to $€ 0.50. You can also change the number of coins from 1 to 5 coins.
Also, you can decide how many paylines you want to play with, from 1 to 10.
The game’s symbols are the orange masked king, yellow coloured queen, green joker, purple masked lady, blue masked musician & the card symbols A, J, K, Q, 10.
Our masked friends can earn you 0.5 x to 2 x your bet for 3 of the same symbols, 5 x to 15 x your bet for four identical ones and 25 x to 75 x your bet for 5-of-a-kind. The card symbols are worth 0.3 x to 15 x your bet for three or more of the same symbols.
Extra options are the Bet Max button, Fastplay (you recognize it by the lightning logo), Autoplay, sound settings and the option to set up the space bar as a spin button.
After a successful spin, you’ll see the Gamble or Collect button. If you don’t want to put your profits at risk, choose to Collect or press the Spin button again.
The Gamble feature: double your winnings up to 5 x
For the real gamblers among us, including myself, there’s the Gamble button. If you choose this button, you will see a deck of cards with two options. You can gamble by guessing the next card’s colour, which will double your winnings x 2 if you predict it correctly.
You can also multiply your winnings by x 4 if you guess which suit the next card is: Hearts, Diamonds, Spades or Clover. You can play The Gamble button up to 5 x.
Guess wrong, and your entire profit will be lost, so use the gamble feature with some caution.
The wilds play a crucial role, and you can recognize them by the bird mask with the bent beak. The wild can hit the reels in the base game and during the free spins, and it replaces all symbols except the scatter symbol (the golden mask). These are Stacked Wilds that can appear on every reel.
While playing, the Wilds hit the screen regularly, and occasionally they can net you a quite attractive amount of cash.
The free spins bonus: guaranteed winning spins and retriggers
The scatter symbol is the golden female mask. It can be found on all reels. Three or more of these symbols activate the free spins bonus.
This is not just a run-of-the-mill free spin bonus. You are awarded 5 spins with a guaranteed win on each spin! Every scatter that shows up during the free spins awards an extra two free spins.
The maximum number of free spins is 20.
Our verdict on the Masquerade slot
Even though I’m not very fond of the theme, I certainly think it’s a fun slot to play. The game does not reward you with smaller wins very often, but it’s all the more fun as soon as you can grab the bigger prizes.
It’s not easy to unlock the free spins but be prepared for some impressive wins when it does.
3.6 out of 5 stars