A Royal Affair
Versailles Gold sits quite nicely in the “not-too-shabby” pile when it comes the quality of the graphics and design. The overarching golden theme is reinforced with a yellow/orange background while the play features follow the standard design of all EGT powered slot machines.
As for the reel icons, there are many regal figures and symbols to send you back in time, straight into the world of the exuberantly powerful Ancien Regime of Enlightenment (Age of Enlightenment) era in France. There are lavishly adorned golden carriages, a churchy looking chap, a buxomly dame and a man who looks like a cross between Louis XIV and that bloke from The Darkness. There is also a gold symbol which acts as both the scatter and wild.
There are 5 reels and 10 ways to win with all winning lines going from left to right save for the scatter. If you get three or more scatters on one spin then you will be able to take advantage of 12 free spins. Unlike some of the other slots with free spin features by EGT, Versailles gold doesn’t give you any multipliers but there is an expanding symbol. If a special expanding symbol appears, then it will cover all of the positions on the same reel, paying off all the active lines on that reel.
Going for Gold
Whenever you win from a spin in Versailles Gold, you will be able to take part in the gamble round simply by pressing the activated “Gamble” button. This feature escorts you through the palace to a new screen, on which there are some face down cards. One card is brought forward to you and you are given the chance to guess whether it is black or red in colour.
If you guess correctly then you will double the amount from your original spin and you will be given another chance to guess, and another chance to double your kitty. If you guess wrong then you will lose the amount that you have accrued from your original winning amount and you will be kicked out of the inner palace and back to the main game screen.
Clutch the Crown Jewels
Versailles Gold features a jackpot round that will be randomly triggered at any point during the game. This jackpot feature includes four mystery jackpots that are assigned by different card suits such as clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades.
When you trigger the jackpot round, you will be taken to a new screen with 12 cards laid down with their faces turned away. You simply have to select 3 of these cards and hope that they all match suits. If you are lucky enough to succeed then you will be awarded with the jackpot total that corresponds to the respective suit.
The chances of entering into the jackpot bonus round is improved if you place higher bets in the main Versailles Gold game.
A Golden Game?
The overall verdict on the Versailles Gold slot machine can be summed up with a neat little analogy to real life royalty – it’s great fun and a cause for celebration every so often, but a lot of the time it doesn’t actually do anything.
With only 10 paylines on a 5-reel slot, it does sometimes feel like you aren’t really getting anywhere in terms of making any meaningful winnings. That said, when you do strike lucky, you will be sure to reap a reward that is fit for a king.