Continuing its mission to create innovative new online slots, NextGen puts a new spin on the ‘king of the castle’ phrase. In fact, it flips it right round with the Queen of the Castle Slot. Played over five reels with 576 ways to win, there are no dirty rascals here. Only winners.

Gameplay

If the Queen is to have her castle, it’s only fitting that this online slot takes place on the inside of said residence. Played across a 3x4x4x4x3 reel layout, we’re transported back to medieval times where female royalty reigns supreme. The background music is what we’d imagine you’d hear in a royal court, and we’re one of the many guests watching the game symbols meet and greet the Queen. Symbols include the traditional card values as the standard paying symbols, while four bright Gems, Red Thrones, Bags of Money, Dogs and the Queen act as high paying symbols.

When the Queen of the Castle Banner symbol appears three, four or five times on a payline, it signals that the Queen is pleased with us and rewards us with ten, 15 or 20 times our stake. As we spin, messages appear at the bottom of the screen, such as ‘Royal riches will be yours with stacked wilds’, teasing us with what we have to look forward to. Adjusting betting options and autoplay is played on the same button layout as other NYX online slots, such as Flame. The familiarity helps easier navigation, even though we’ll find no two slots to be the same.

 Bonuses

A member of the royal family should undoubtedly be endowed with as many bonuses as they should have titles. Such is the case on the Queen of the Castle online slot. During the base game, we keep an eye out for the Locked Reels feature – vines wrap around the three middle reels, locking them in place and spinning to reveal the same symbol. Our eyes are also peeled for the Red Mystery Chest symbol which appears on the first reel, triggering the Red Mystery Chest Reveal.

All the royal symbols on the second and fifth reels are replaced by Red Mystery Chest symbols and transformed with higher paying values. Finding room to move on this crammed reel case means the odd nudge, which we get with the Red Mystery Chest Nudge when the Stacked Red Mystery Chest symbol shows its face on the first reel. A simple nudge and it can fall to the first reel and trigger the Red Mystery Chest Reveal.

Similar to this, the Purple Mystery Chest Nudge can trigger the Purple Mystery Chest Reveal, again to give us higher paying symbols. Advancing through the castle, we look out for the Bonus symbols to appear three times on the three middle reels, giving us 120 times our stake and 14 free spins. During the free spins, we can fill the Tower Meter up to four levels, each giving us more spins with each progression. Regal.

Summary

NextGen’s Queen of the Castle makes us use the nudge features to knock in some extra bonuses, but it’s climbing up the tower levels which really see the regal rewards come rolling in. If the monarchy depicted in online slots were real, the world would be a better place. Breathless, we make it to the top of the tower with a few retriggers along the way and the Queen practically knights us for our endeavours. And so she should.