ALL ABOUT DA VINCI’S TREASURE SLOT
Novomatic’s Book of Ra and Deluxe Book or Ra and Play n Go’s high variance classic, Book of Dead, are timeless games that most slots fans will have had a spin on at one time of another. This year, Big Time Gaming joined the party with their own Book of Gods, with 243 ways to win and a big free spins round. Now Pragmatic Play, not a studio known for producing stand-out games until now, are bringing us Da Vinci’s Treasure which on close inspection reveals itself to be a minor classic in the making, with a MASSIVE win potential.
NOTE: Ok, so it’s not go the word ‘Book’ in the title, but just take a look – in all other aspects it bears the hallmarks –Indiana Jones-type explorer character, ancient scrolls and maps, a free spins round with multipliers and re-triggers, high variance and a huge top payout.
Da Vinci’s Treasure Game Set Up
So, what we have is a straight-forward 5 reel and 3 rows game set-up with 25 fixed paylines. You can enjoy Da Vinci Diamonds from 25p up to £125 per spin. And as we’ve said already, this is a high, high variance slot with a 96.53% RTP. The reel set sits against a backdrop of an old map with candles and compasses – presumably the map our hero uses to find the treasure.
It’s nothing too exciting, but this one is about the gameplay, which we’ll come onto in a minute.
Da Vinci’s Treasure Game Symbols
The low value symbols in this game are the cards, 9 through to Ace, whilst the high value symbols are the crossbow, some sort of navigation device, a backpack, an ancient book and the hero, John Hunter. He is the highest paying symbol (of course) at 32x for five on a payline.
There are two other symbols to look out for. They are the Wild – the Da Vinci portrait – which substitutes for all others except the bonus scatter – and the bonus scatter itself which only appears on reels 2, 3 and 4, and is required to trigger the all-important free spins round.
Da Vinci’s Treasure Features
There are 3 bonus rounds in Da Vinci’s Treasure Slot. They are awarded at random on hitting 3 or more bonus scatters on one spin. Here’s how they work:
Map Quest Feature – This is the classic ‘road to riches’ type bonus round. You are presented with a map with 23 positions on it. You spin the wheel to find out how many moves forward you make and collect prizes along the way. The final position is a 100x top prize.
Prize Picker Feature –A simple Pick-Me feature where you choose from 3 paintings to reveal a cash prize.
Free Spins With Progressive Multiplier – OK, this is where it’s at. You’ll want to trigger this feature above the others if you can. You start with 12 free spins and a 1x multiplier. The multiplier will increase by 1x with each spin – so potentially up to 12x.
You can re-trigger the free spins to give you up to a total of 60 free spins (and therefore potentially a 60x multiplier).
So hear this …
A full screen of John Hunters is worth 800x (32 x 25 paylines). Now, make that a full screen of John Hunters with a 60x multiplier and you get a top payout potential of 48,000!
THE SLOT BUZZ VERDICT
So, there you have it. Ok, we hear you – it’s HIGHLY unlikely that you’ll hit that massive 48,000x potential. Just reaching a 60x multiplier is going to be hard enough, let alone adding in the chance of getting the full screen of premiums. But hey, we can dream. In truth, this is a simple slot and maybe not quite on the level of Book of Dead. But it’s still one of the best games from Pragmatic to date. If you play, just aim to hit the free spins round, because that is where all the action is.