Royal Lotus House Review
Novomatic’s Royal Lotus is yet another Asian-themed video slots game. But this is not a high-octane game with crazy gameplay. Instead, this is a more serene game, almost peaceful, we would say! But that doesn’t mean the payouts are bad! In this beautiful game, you have a chance of multiplying your bet 1000 times!
So, before you waltz into this deceptively peaceful game and meet the beautiful Princess who may grant you a big reward, let’s learn about the game first!
Royal Lotus slots’ gameplay is fairly straightforward. You have a 5-reel, 50 payline reelscape in which winning combinations are formed from left to right. There are a total of 13 different symbols, of which 6 are low-value (9, 10, J, Q, K and A) and 5 are high-value (the Princess, the Bag of Coins, the Fan, the Jewel Box and the Daggers). Other symbols include the Wild (the Lotus) and the Scatter (the Golden Dragon Bonus).
Gameplay begins with setting your bets. You need to use the plus and minus keys flanking the Total Bets tab. The bets range from 50p to £100, so you have a wide option from which to choose.
At this point, we need to talk about a few technicalities – the game’s RTP and volatility. This video slots game has an RTP of 95% and is a medium to high volatility game. This means that you can get some really big wins, but they don’t come easy. You need a lot of spins before you will see the game bonus features triggered or even get big wins. Therefore, it would be wise to adjust your bets in such a way that you can play as many spins as possible.
Once you are done setting your bets, you can click on Spin to start the game.
To win in Royal Lotus, you need to form winning combinations. When you land at least 3 of the same symbols on the reels, you form a winning combination. The value of that win will depend on the value of the symbols as well as the number of symbols that form that combination. Therefore, the higher the value of the symbols and the more their number, the greater your wins will be. For example, if you land 5 Princesses, who has the highest value in the game, across a payline, then you win 20 times your bet!
Additional Game Features
The additional game features in Royal Lotus are what give you the big wins, so let’s understand them better.
As you know, the Lotus is the Wild symbol in this game. It can replace all other symbols with the exception of the Scatter. When it replaces the other symbols, you have a better chance of getting a winning combination.
- The Scatter
The Scatter, which is the Golden Dragon Bonus symbol, is what triggers the Royal Lotus Free Spins feature. The Scatter will only land on the middle 3 reels of the reelscape (reels 2, 3 and 4).
- Royal Lotus Free spins Feature
If you land 3 Scatters on the reels, then you trigger this bonus feature. You are awarded 10 Free Spins. When the game is in the Free Spins mode, you will land additional Wilds on the last 4 reels of the reelscape (reels 2, 3, 4 and 5).
If you land another 3 Scatters in this bonus round, you get to increase the number of Free Spins by another 5. However, after those 5 extra spins, you cannot trigger any further Free Spins. The game will then revert to the base game once those spins are spent.
- The Gamble Feature
The Gamble Feature is standard in almost all Novomatic slots games. When you land a winning combination, be it in the base game or in the Free Spins bonus rounds, you will be given the option to gamble your wins.
It’s a 50/50 game, where you need to choose between two colours of a playing card. You can either select red (diamonds and hearts) or black (spades and clubs). If you make the right choice you can double your wins. You also get the option to gamble again. If done right, you can quadruple your wins!
However, if you lose the gamble, then you lose all that you have won until this stage. So choose this option very carefully!
The game design in Royal Lotus slots definitely reflects the Asian theme of the game. The gamescape shows a serene garden with a large and majestic temple in the centre. Surround the garden are misty mountains and a setting sun that bathes everything in a soft golden hue. It’s truly a feast for the eyes!
The reelscape itself is a work of art. The reels are royal purple in colour, framed in gold. And the symbols are each designed with care, with the highest paying symbol, the Princess, being a beautiful Asian girl.
The music is calm and reflective during the bonus round. But in the base game, you will still hear the usual reels sounds that are Novomatic’s trademark. This kind of spoils the serene atmosphere of the game.
Overall, Royal Lotus’ game design is a visual treat, but the sounds and music could be better.
Royal Lotus by Novomatic is a beautifully designed yet simple game. It has some great bonus features, but isn’t overloaded with them. The payouts are decent, but not overwhelming. And the gameplay is fun but not extremely fast-paced.
Overall, this is a lovely game to play. However, the medium-high volatility and the long waits between payouts make this game not as exciting as one would hope. Having said that, if you’re not looking for money wins, then you will love this peaceful and delightful game!