River Queen Slot Game from Novomatic
River Queen slot is a 50-line casino slot themed around the steamboat casinos which used to cruise up and down the Mississippi during the 1800’s. You’ll see some impressive graphics and animations relating to that period on the reels. These include a card-sharp, dice and the steamboats themselves.
There is plenty of scope for wins in the base game, with 50 win-lines in play. Things get interesting in the free spins bonus round where you will enjoy unique (moving) steamboat wilds.
How to Win on the River Queen Slot
Regular wins are helped by having wild symbols in play (the lady) and stacked symbols. You will often get entire reels (each reel has 4 rows) covered in the same symbol on many spins. Where these combine with wilds you will often trigger several of the 50 win lines at the same time on River Queen – triggering the brass instruments sound.
The highest paying symbol in the River Queen slot is the lady (I am assuming the boat, rather than this lady, is the river queen!). Lining up 5 of these wild symbols will pay 1000 coins, with 200 for 4 and 60 coins for 3. This makes the biggest possible payout for a single regular spin 50,000 coins – for hitting stacked lady symbols in every possible position. As the wild this lady will create wins on many win-lines by substituting for all of the regular symbols (though not the steamboat scatters).
Next comes the card sharp, who looks the part with a wide-brimmed hat. This symbol is worth 400 coins for 5, 100 for 4 and 40 for 3 from the left. 4 Aces comes next at 300 for 5, then the dice and casino chips which share a 200-coin top prize. Playing card symbols, which have been designed to look just like the old style decks, make up the smaller wins.
Scatter symbols do have a prize in the video slot River Queen, though their main role is to trigger the free spins bonus feature. Hitting 5 steamboats anywhere on the reels will get you 10,000 coins, with 1000 for 4 and 100 for 3. You’ll then get 10 free spins, where you will find that the position of the triggering scatters makes a big difference.
Moving Steamboats on the River Queen Bonus Feature
The base award is for 10 free spins, though these are made more profitable than the base game thanks to moving sticky wilds. The steamboats from the triggering spin expand to cover 2 of the symbols, and look like a steamboat seen from above. These move for each spin, randomly traveling up and down the reel. Sometimes they will go off of the edge, which means you only get 1 wild on that reel – though most of the time each reel will have 2 wilds.
If your wilds are on consecutive reels, especially the middle 3, then you will get a lot of 4 of a kind wins when the boats line up well. If they are more distributed you still have the potential for big wins, though you will rely on the symbols on the remaining reels lining up well.
Design and Setup
River Queen is very well designed, especially when you compare it to some of Novomatic’s earlier efforts. Sound the reels you will see a scene which could be from 1800’s New Orleans, with a logo showing one of the steam boats. Symbols fit well with the theme, with the lady and card sharp very detailed. There are some animations, with movement and flashing the main idea – rather than anything too complex. I like the way that the playing card symbols look authentic too.
Sounds are the usual mix of Novomatic bleeps and ticking noises (when the gamble after a win is offered), plus some jazzy brass sounds when you hit a win. During the free spins bonus game there is a tune playing all the time. The animations during the free spins game are nicely done, though again nothing too extravagant.
You can choose to lower the default 50 win lines, or simply adjust your coins per line to fit your bankroll (from 1c and up). You’ll find an auto-play option.
This is a solid slot with some unique play during the free spins bonus game. A lot of wilds, plus stacked symbols will see you winning smaller amounts fairly frequently during the base game. With the double sized floating wilds in the bonus game you can often hit some bigger prizes.