Van Gogh Slot from High 5 Games
High 5 Games have a series of slots which focus on the great artists. These include Rembrandt, Renoir and now Dutch great Van Gogh too. The scene of this slot will be instantly recognizable, even if you do not know the name of the picture. This is ‘Starry Night’ – the artist has other great works on the reels too, which are framed in classic style.
Aside from the artwork, there are some good reasons to check out this real money slot. First, the ‘Tumbling Reels’ system is in play. When you hit a win, the symbols disappear, with the rest of the symbols falling into the gaps left on the reels. Brand new symbols come in to fill the gaps at the top. This will often create more wins, which also then disappear – sometimes forming profitable sequences which can give your slot bankroll a welcome boost!
There is also a free spins round, in which many of the symbols turn into scatter symbols – paying out depending on how many appear on the reels, regardless of whether they are on a win line.
Van Gogh Slot Gameplay
You do not need to cut off an ear to have a chance of winning on this slot. Simply lining up 3+ symbols on any of the 30 win-lines starting from the left hand side will do the trick just fine.
You’ll recognize some of the top paying symbols in this game. The rather dark self portrait of Van Gogh is worth 600 coins for 5 in a row. The Starry Night will net you 500 coins for 5 and the (somewhat more cheerful) Sunflowers 300. As with all High 5 games, the individual payouts for lines of winning symbols are smaller, balanced by the fact that you’ll have the opportunity to hit many wins in a single spin. There are two ways in which this can happen. First the symbols come stacked on the reels, second the tumbling reels feature will often give you several prizes in a row.
There are playing card symbols to break up the paintings and provide you will many smaller wins.
You will find a wild symbol (which says ‘wild’ on it) on the reels. This will replace any of the regular symbols to create more wins. This only appears on the middle 3 reels.
Van Gogh Free Spins
The final symbol on the reels is the bonus symbol. If you hit 3 of these on the first 3 reels, then you’ll be awarded 6 free spins. This can be extended (by hitting more of the bonus symbols), up to a huge 300 spins.
During this bonus game the famous painting symbols all become scatters. This means it is the total number of them which count towards triggering wins – rather than having them next to each other on one of the win-lines. You can win up to 600 coins per spin from the scatters alone. The wilds and normal wins are also still in play – along with the tumbling reels feature.
Setup of the Van Gogh Slot
This slot has the standard 5 reels with 3 rows of symbols on each setup –rather than the extended 6×4 of lots like Wild Rodeo. The 30 win lines are adjustable, though with the tumbling reels and wilds I recommend you adjust your coin size instead. This can start at just 1c all the way up to $10 per line.
A nice extra in place on High 5 Games titles is the replay. If you hit a big win, you can click the replay button to ‘relive the moment’. There is also an auto-play as standard.
The design of this slot is excellent, with a lot of effort put in to recreating those Van Gogh masterpieces and turning them into symbols. Animations for the tumbling reels, and the background of the slot are also very good. As is often the case with High 5 titles, the game is a little let down by the mostly computer generated sounds.
Overall I enjoyed this slot; though found that the engagement factor did fade after a short while. Tumbling reels and extra scatters during the free spins game is not really enough to make this slot interesting for longer sessions. Having said that, it is a classy and beautifully produced slot, and certainly good enough to take for a quick spin.
About Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh is perhaps best known as the painter who cut off his own ear (for love, not art). This Dutch post-impressionist painter has paintings which fetch millions at auction. Like many of the greats he was never recognized or rewarded during his own lifetime. Famous paintings include the Sunflowers (of which there are several variations), Starry Night and a self-portrait. These and many others are collected in a dedicated museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.