Rings of Fortune Slot Game
Rings of Fortune slot game reminds me of Lord of the Rings, though I am sure that if it were a movie a message saying that ‘any similarity is purely coincidental’ would come up. Rings of Fortune is a newer title in the range of Novomatic casino games. It maintains the solid and simple game play which this brand is known for – and also has a free spins bonus game (naturally triggered by the rings) where expanding wilds make for extra wins. This game also includes a progressive jackpot – which you can win from within the free spins bonus game.
Despite being a very recent slot, this game uses the old 10 win-line system over a 5 reel by 3 row grid. The key symbol is a wizard, complete with a bushy white beard, purple hat and staff with a green gem on the end of it. This is the wild symbol, and also the symbol with the biggest cash prize. If you line up 5 on a win line then 2500 coins are yours (generous for just a 10 coin per spin minimum bet) with 250 coins for 4, 50 for 3 and 10 coins for just 2 symbols from the left hand side.
How to Win on Rings of Fortune
Next come two people, a woman with a green jewel in the middle of her head and a guy with long hair and a red top. These are worth 500 coins each for the full set of 5. A harp and jeweled broach make up the final unique symbols – these will get you 250 coins if you hit the full 5 on a win-line. Playing card symbols are used to make up the smaller wins.
The final symbol is the ring, which is elaborately engraved with what could well be elvish letters! This is a scatter symbol, and so not tied to any win-line. If you hit 5 of these anywhere on the reels you’ll win 2500 coins, with 250 for 4 and 50 for 3. In addition, 3 or more will take you to the free spins bonus game.
Expanding Wizards in the Rings of Fortune Free Spins Bonus Game
Other than a change in the music, the free spins bonus game is mostly just a continuation of the base game with no charge per spin. You will be awarded 15 free spins at the start. There is a major difference in how the Wizard symbol acts when it lands. This is still a wild and the top paying symbol, only during the bonus game it will expand to cover entire reels.
This expansion lasts more than one spin, with each Wizard staying in place for the next spin too (where he can be joined by more Wizards on different reels). This can and does create a lot of extra wins.
One win stands out from the rest – the progressive jackpot. To win this you need to hit 5 fully expanded Wizards at the same time. At the time of writing the jackpot was more than 25,000 coins. This changes depending on how many coins you are betting for each line.
Classic Fantasy Design
The similarity to Lord of the Rings is apparent the moment you see this slot. To the left you will see a forest and waterfall scene, with snow-capped mountains over the top of the reels in the distance. To the right is a fairytale castle, which sits on an imposing rock. The logo above the reels includes one of the elaborately decorated rings between – with the current jackpot amount next to that.
Symbols on the black-backed reels are nicely drawn, with the ring the main stand out. Most animations in the base game only involve the size of the winning symbols changing and a little sparkle – though when you hit the bonus game the expanding Wizards are much more impressive.
You can adjust both the number of lines played and the coins bet per line – and use the usual Novomatic gamble-after-win and auto-play features.
While this is a fairly new slot, the setup is really very traditional. The 10 win lines bucks the recent trends towards 30+ for newer games, and the overall game play is solid rather than complex. While the base game has the potential for some decent wins, the big opportunity comes during the free spins bonus round. Not only will you get expanding wilds to add extra wins, you’ll also get the chance of hitting a progressive jackpot prize too.