Why the new Microgaming Romanov Riches slot is hot to Trotsky
The Romanov dynasty ruled over Russia for hundreds of years, only ending their reigns at the beginning of the 20th century when the Russian Revolution took place. Their family was well known for its ostentatious wealth and it is this aspect of their history that is celebrated in the brand new slot called Romanov Riches.
The slot is the first to come from Microgaming's partnership with a third-party development studio Fortune Factory and it all looks rather simple, a 5-reel slot with 15 non-selectable lines in play. Rather disappointingly, there isn't a Free Spins game available to play (though you can trigger Re-spins through other bonus features on the slot).
What is interesting is that you can play this medium variance slot from just 0.20 per spin, right up to the maximum 100 per spin, if you are a higher roller. So is this new slot from Microgaming a right Russian Revolution, or does it offer nothing any different to any of the historical-based other slots available from the company?
Let's take a closer look and find out.
- Game: Romanov Riches
- Developer: Microgaming
- Reels: 5
- Pay Lines: 15 (non-selectable)
- Minimum Bet: 0.20
- Maximum Bet: 100.00
- Jackpot: 1000x
- Free Spins Bonus: No
- Other Bonuses: Yes
- Progressive: No
- Volatility: Medium
It's fair to say that Fortune Factory haven't really broken the mold at all with the Romanov Riches slot. It looks very much like a standard 5x3 reel set up, with a simple backdrop consisting of various different pieces of expensive jewellery. It's all rather static and uninspiring to be honest.
The music that accompanies the game is rather mellow and not particularly 'Russian' in its theme. In a way though, that is a good thing as the slot is a more regently paced game and some Cossack-dancing inspired, blood and thunder musical score would certainly be out of kilter with the general look and feel of the game.
While the presentation does the job and is nicely and clearly done, it doesn't really have that wow-factor that makes you want to keep playing and keep the reels spinning.
What is on the reels?
There are a total of nine standard symbols on the reels, and these start with the lower value symbols which are the playing card symbols from 10 through to the Ace. These offer lower value wins and even five of these symbols across a paying line will not offer you a greater return than your bet, which does make you feel somewhat cheated.
However, what is worth noting is that all symbols on the reels can be stacked and you can land full stacks of a symbol across multiple reels, which triggers multiple pay line wins, so while the individual line wins are not that big, you can win across multiple lines on a single spin to increase the value of a win.
The four higher value symbols are the four different jewels and these are coloured red, purple, blue and green, with the latter two being the higher paying. Again, these symbols can be stacked on the reels and you can increase the value of a win by landing multiple winning lines from a single spin.
On each spin, each reel has a large stack of Mystery Symbols on the reels. This is a very large stack of a randomly assigned symbol from those available on the reels. Landing these stacks across the reels is the way to land some of the bigger standard base game wins. You can also find one of the other key symbols on the reels (the Bonus symbols) appearing as the stacked symbols.
The Wild is the highest paying symbol on the reels and you can win the base game jackpot of 5,000 coins for landing five Wilds on one of the 15 lines. The Wild can also substitute for all other symbols on the reels apart from the bonus symbol although it does not apply any multiplier bonuses when it is used as part of a win.
The Wild symbol can't be a Stacked Symbol but it can link with these symbols to produce longer wins across the reels on a spin, or a subsequent re-spin.
Free Spins features
There is no Free Spins feature on the Romanov Riches slot, but instead there is a re-spin feature which is triggered when you land two of the same Mystery Stacks on two or more reels consecutively across the reels, from Reel 1.
When this happens, the two reels that have the same stacks are held and the remaining reels are spun once again, If you land another stack (or more) of the same symbol in the adjacent reels to the first two reels, then these reels will also be held and the remaining reel(s) will be spun again.
After each re-spin, any winnings are paid out and the bonus ends when you don't land any additional bonus features to those already held on the feature, or if you turn the entire reels to the same symbol. When this occurs, you can land some sizeable payouts. This can be as much as 750 times your stake.
The other feature on the slot is the 3 Wheel Bonus game which is triggered when you land full stacks of Bonus symbols, starting on Reel 1, across three, four or all five sets of reels.
Land 3 sets of Stacked Bonus symbols across the first three reels and you trigger Wheel 1, four stacks across the first four reels triggers Wheels 1 and 2, while all five reels landing Bonus Stacks triggers all three Bonus Wheels.
You then spin the Wheel(s) you have activated to earn a cash prize (on Wheel 1 and 2) and if you spin Wheel 3 then you will apply a multiplier to your total cash prize won. That can be as much as 1,000 times your stake.
Best feature of the Romanov Riches slot
There's no doubt that the two different-to-the-norm bonus features of the Romanov Riches slot are what makes the game enjoyable to play. The bonuses can lead to some sizeable wins, but in truth they need to as the wins you land from the base game are very, very small. This is what makes this slot a medium variance game as when you win, in the base game especially, you only win a fraction of what you have paid as your stake most of the time.
It's always a risk to develop a modern slot without a Free Spins bonus round, but the way Romanov Riches has been put together does make it work. The Stacked Mystery symbols and the Bonus game are two nice ways in which to trigger the bigger value wins, but the small size of the wins in the base game means that to me at least, it feels like a slot aimed more at those players with slightly more to spend on each spin. It's also rather expensive to play, with 15-lines coming in at 0.20 per spin and no real indication as to why this is.
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