Da Vinci’s Mystery

Red Tiger’s latest slot release, ‘Da Vinci’s Mystery Super Lines’ has a somewhat other-worldly, mysterious feel about it, just like its namesake, renowned historical polymath Leonardo Da Vinci.

Played on a 5x3 reel set this volatile slot is played across 9 fixed paylines and comes with an RTP of 95.67%. 

Wins of over 5,000x the bet size are possible playing Da Vinci’s Mystery Super Lines, with the biggest wins guaranteed to come from a free spins round (Da Vinci Spins) with cascading symbols and symbol multipliers.

You can play Da Vinci’s Mystery Super Lines from 7th November 2010 at participating casinos from €0.10 to €20 per spin.

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Design & Symbols

Red Tiger has done well with the aesthetics here, using dark colours and mysterious glowing particles of light to really capture the ‘Mystery’ element of the slot’s theme. The gameboard is set within a library at night-time, with high cases of books on either side, dimly lit by candelabras attached to the bookcases. The presence of books is clearly a nod to Da Vinci’s heralded status as a universal genius, self-schooled as he was in areas as diverse as science, music, engineering, literature, geology, architecture, astronomy, and of course the fine arts. There are also flecks of animated light rising from the bookcases up towards the ceiling of the library, perhaps to join the stars above as befitting a game named after an eminent astronomer. The gameboard has a thick golden frame with detailed and flamboyant gilded gold leaf. The reels themselves have a solid blue background. The music accompanying play is suitably mystical with its fast-paced electronic rhythm.

Low value symbols are the standard card values 10-A. High-value symbols are Da Vinci’s Polyhedra, the flying machine based on his sketch, his notebook of inventions, and his most famous work ever, The Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa is the highest paying symbol with 5 across a payline awarding 50x the bet size. The bonus symbol is the Da Vinci Symbol, a triangular purple jewel encased in gold. There is no wild symbol.

Special Features

  • Super Lines
  • Free Spins
  • Cascading Symbols
  • Symbol Multipliers

Super Lines

The first feature of note would be the “Super Lines” referred to in the game’s title. Unlike most fixed paylines which only award combinations starting at the leftmost reel and consisting of adjacent symbols on that line, the Super Lines in this game award for any combination of three or more identical symbols anywhere on a payline. This, of course, means that the chances of a winning combination are far greater than they would be on a game with a similar number of ordinary fixed paylines.

Free Spins

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Three of more Da Vinci symbols trigger 10 free spins. Landing 3, 4, or 5 Da Vinci Symbols during free spins awards another 10, 20, or 30 free spins. These retrigger are unlimited.

During free spins, a cascading symbols mechanic is also in place. After a winning combination has landed the symbols which form the win disappear to be replaced by symbols from directly above. If those cascading symbols happen to result in another win then the cascading process repeats. This continues until no further win lands, after which you move on to the next free spin.

Symbol Multipliers

This feature, as with the cascading symbols, only occurs during free spins. Above the game board, you will see a row comprising of all the game’s regular symbols. When a win lands, the number of identical symbols which made up that win is added to that symbol as win multipliers. For example, if 4 Kings land on a payline then the King symbol earns a 4x win multiplier which will remain until the bonus round, or until another winning Kings combination lands, whereupon the king win multiplier will be increased further by the number of symbols present in that win. Each symbol is represented individually above the gameboard so the more different wins you land, the more symbols increase their win multiplier.

Our Thoughts on Da Vinci’s Mystery Super Lines

Da Vinci’s Mystery Super Lines looks decent, has some original features, and is a good addition to Red Tiger portfolio. The individual symbol multipliers in the free spins are a neat idea, and the Super Lines make for a considerable number of winnings spins, albeit not huge ones.

However, having said all that, I must say that as a game it didn’t hold my interest nearly as well as Red Tiger games normally do, which is a shame. While it was certainly fun to play for a while, it didn’t absorb me in the way that some games can. Other recent Red Tiger releases such as Dragon’s Fire Megaways ™, and  Pirates’ Plenty Battle For Gold, definitely entertained me more.

Overall this is a solid slot, but a little short on thrills.

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