Rising Royals by Just for The Win released on 14.11.2019 is a 5-reel & 3-row online slot with 20 paylines and a 96.01% RTP. This is a french aristocracy-themed game offering players a max win of up to 300x their stake. Rising Royals can be played on all devices from €0.1 to €250 per spin and is considered a medium volatility game.

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Design & Symbols

The artwork and design for Rising Royals are suitable luxuriant, with the action taking place at dusk looking out through a window across manicured lawns to an enormous regal palace. The gameboard is essentially the portal or window through which the castle can be seen. The symbols float on transparent reels. Either side of the gameboard is marble pillars, each decorated with four chandeliers. A suitably regal ditty accompanies with plenty of harpsichord, strings, horns, and percussion.

Low-value symbols are the standard, dare I say it, Royals J-A. Among the high-value symbols are members of the Aristocracy; a smug-looking prince, a wistful princess, and a jolly-looking king. The highest value symbol is the Rising Royals game logo which pays 15x the bet size for five on a payline. There are no wilds or scatters.

Special Features 

  • Symbol Lock Respin
  • Symbol Upgrade

Symbol Lock Respin

A winning combo comprising any high-value symbol triggers the Symbol Lock Respin feature. The winning symbols lock into place and the remainder of the reels respin. Respins continue as long as at least one new winning symbol lands on the board.

Symbol Upgrade 

he Symbol Upgrade only activates once the Symbol Lock Respin has been triggered and a certain number of respins have been awarded. Each time a respin is granted one of the chandeliers on the pillars, either side of the gameboard illuminates. After the third respin, the lights reach the top, and a Symbol Upgrade transforms all the winning symbols into the next highest symbol. Upgrades continue as long as respins are active and as long as there are more top symbols to ascend to.

Our Thoughts on Rising Royals 

I have to say this was a right royal disappointment of a slot. The premise is promising enough. There haven't been too many Royal slots, but there have been some good ones, and none of them (to my immediate recollection) have featured 18th century France. 

However, despite some beautiful illustrations and regal design, the game behind the glamour is pitifully weak. 

The lack of features really lets this game down. The lock respin and symbol upgrade features are both decent base game features, but they are no substitute for a good for bonus round. 

The lack of variety here is a killer. Also, although the wins roll in fairly frequently, the paytable offers such low returns that the payoff is hardly ever anything to get excited about.

If you want my advice, if it's a Royal themed slot you're after, give Big Time Gaming's Kingmaker Megaways™ or Play‘n GO's Queen's Day Tilt

As to this effort, I know that the French revolution was more to do with the nobility's uncaring attitude towards their subjects and flagrant opulence of the Aristocracy rather than video slot inadequacy. However, if this is the best they can offer, then I'm afraid my verdict has to be, "off with their heads".