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Game Review – Royal Elephant by Everi Gaming
While some slot machines stick to simple artwork and themes, others seek to take the player on a journey to a faraway place. The Royal Elephant slot creates an exciting setting based on Indian culture and pairs it with a fast-paced and exciting game.
While it may not have all the metaphorical bells and whistles of its more advanced competition, this streamlined game can be a nice addition to any player’s list.
Royal Elephant’s focus on Indian art and culture is very apparent. The soundtrack, the background design, the bonus game along with every symbol work to build the environment of an Indian festival.
Alongside the big blue royal elephant from the game’s title, there are Rajah and Rani portraits and the Taj Mahal.
Even the lettering on the wild spaces and card symbols features decorative jewels that evoke the feeling of a celebration. As you play, energetic Indian-style music plays with each spin, changing to a feverish pace for the bonus round.
Unfortunately, while the colorful artwork provides a pretty setting, at times the game becomes a little hard to follow.
The bright colors in the background blend in with the brightly colored symbols and even the paylines. At times the “Big Win” announcement and the flurry of coins were genuine surprises because the winning paylines weren’t particularly noticeable
Royal Elephants: Core Gameplay
To go along with the art style, the core gameplay is also exciting and occasionally frantic. Royal Elephant features 4 rows and 5 reels, with 40 paylines stretching across them.
There are no options to play fewer paylines. One interesting variation on a standard slot machine is that the highest paying space, the blue royal elephant, is actually a 2 x 1 space on the reel.
The elephant doesn’t always show up in full, but it can appear as two joined spaces. In practice, this gives a little flexibility in making paylines, especially with the wild spaces.
Wild spaces are very generous in Royal Elephant. They can appear on any reel, and all reels support fully stacked wild spaces. It’s possible for the majority of the board to swing wild on a standard spin, potentially leading to a nice mini-jackpot. Although even just the first reel filling with wilds is a nice refresher.
The base game still has one more variation up its sleeve. Any standard spin can randomly trigger a festival multiplier. These multipliers can range from 2x to 100x, although they only last for that spin.
After the number is revealed, the spin will complete as normal. Festival multipliers are great surprises, especially since even small payouts become big wins with the right luck.
Playing the free slot game Royal Elephant generally revolves around the wilds, the multipliers and the bonus spaces. With a 95.82% RTP and a fairly generous pay table, players should be able to extend their initial buy-in for a while.
Dry spells are usually broken up quickly with at least a small win, especially with stacked wilds dropping in to complete simple lines of three. This keeps the game moving well while you wait for a surprise multiplier or a shot at the bonus round.
The Free Spin Bonus Game
Royal Elephant takes a fairly simple approach to its bonus round. The first, third and fifth reels feature bonus symbols. Getting one on each reel triggers the festival-themed free spin bonus game. The player immediately receives double their total bet along with eight free spins on the bonus game.
The bonus game features a slightly different distribution of symbols with no opportunity to win more free spins, but it still sticks with the same rows, reels and paylines.
The big potential reward lies in the guaranteed festival multiplier. During the bonus round, each spin triggers a different festival multiplier to make any wins that much sweeter. Just as in the base game, the festival multipliers can range between 2x and 100x.
Is Royal Elephant Exciting or Chaotic?
Royal Elephant slots, on the whole, are a very fun machine for fast and exciting slots gameplay. New players should love the quick and flashy spins and the easy bonus rounds. More experienced players should enjoy the surprising swings and high RTP, even if the machine lacks some of the involvement of similar systems.
Yet, the game can start to wear out its welcome with small flaws appearing with time, making it a better fit for short sessions.
The focus on surprise multipliers and wild spaces allows for really exciting play, but the lack of a bigger or more involved bonus can leave the player wanting something with a little more interaction.
Watching a big multiplier drift by without a win hurts when it’s the main thing to look forward to in the game.