Reign of Gnomes

Reign of Gnomes

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  • Title: Reign of Gnomes
  • Type: 5x3 Reels, 243 Ways to Win, Golden Amulet Bonus Game with a random Wild, Multiplier, and Spin Til You Win feature, Free Spins and Multiplier.
  • Genre: Fantasy, Gnomes
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  • Software: Revolver Gaming
  • Summary: This is a 3D and 243 Ways to Win slot with a theme that is setup in a Kingdom of Gnomes. This game has a unique bonus game with a random Wild, a random multiplier, and a Spin Til You Win feature! Play this game now also with bitcoin.
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The Reign of Gnomes slot is one of those games that when you run it around in your head you think, 'that sounds vaguely familiar' and if you don't understand what this slot is about or is inspired by, by the time you load the slot up and hear the strains of the music that accompanies you when you play, then you certainly will understand what it is about at this point.

Reign of Gnomes is of course, a play on the Game of Thrones popular TV show and book series and that is clearly evident for two reasons. Firstly, it is a fantasy setting that has royalty at its heart and a fair smattering of dragons too. Sound familiar, even one of the gnomes shares a more than passing resemblance to Peter Dinklage's character Tyrion Lannister, the character of course being a dwarf.

Add to this the music that is clearly inspired by the famous Game of Thrones TV theme and the Scatter symbols being dragon eggs that hatch to produce baby dragons, yes the similarities do go on and if imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, then it is clear Revolver Games love Game of Thrones.

The question is whether you will love their slot, so let's take a closer look and find out.

Overview

  • Game: Reign of Gnomes
  • Developer: Revolver Gaming
  • Reels: 5
  • Pay Lines: 243 Ways to Win
  • Minimum Bet: $0.40
  • Maximum Bet: $200
  • Jackpot: 25x your stake
  • Free Spins Bonus: Yes
  • Other Bonuses: Yes
  • Progressive: No
  • Volatility: Medium

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Presentation

The presentation on the slot is very much as you would expect. The music is clearly inspired by the Game of Thrones theme but that is not a bad thing at all and the rather strident tune that kicks in when you click the reels adds to the sense of spectacle and grandeur.

The setting of the slot is a faraway fantasy land with an imposing castle on the left and a rather peaceful bay at the forefront of the screen. The reels dominate the middle of the screen with the main controls at the foot of the page. It's all very easy and the graphics are rendered quite beautifully and top marks to Revolver Gaming for producing a game to such high standards in terms of graphics and animations.

What's on the reels?

On the reels are five different playing card symbols from the ten through to the ace and these are the low symbols and they offer pay outs ranging from wins that are a fraction of your stake, usually for three and four symbols combinations, up to larger wins of up to 3.75x your stake. These are not particularly great value pay outs to be honest and that is a disappointing aspect of the slot.

Also on the reels are six other symbols and these are the higher value symbols and they include several Gnome-themed characters from the Royal Family including a princess with her baby dragon and the King and Queen and the top paying symbol is the Reign of Gnomes logo, which offers a top pay out of 25x your stake as the top base game prize.

However, the Reign of Gnomes symbol can be stacked on the reels and it is therefore possible to win this across multiple pay lines on a spin and thus you can increase the cumulative size of a win in this way.

There are two other symbols on the reels, the Wild symbol and the Dragons egg Scatter symbol and these unlock some of the key features of the slot as we shall explore below.

Wild features

The Wild symbol is simply marked by the word Wild and it can be used to substitute for any of the standard symbols on the reels listed above, apart from the Scatter symbol. There are no separate payments for landing Wilds in succession across the reels instead they will just pay out at the highest symbol rate.

Free Spins features

The Dragons Egg Scatter, which just so happens to be the Scatter in the real Game of Thrones slot, offers a choice of different prizes and Free Spins when you land three, four or five across the reels. Land three and you get a 2x your stake cash prize and 5 Free Spins. Land four and you get $10x your stake and 10 Free Spins and five sees you land 20x your stake and 20 Free Spins.

At the start of each of your Free Spins in the bonus round, the Dragon Spins bonus will trigger. Two dragons will emerge from the eggs you just landed and they will sit in two corners of the reel and on each spin, they will breathe fire onto the reels creating a Golden Wheel Bonus game which will spin and offer you the chance of some rewards, as well as the chance to play a second bonus game, Ice Diamonds (which we will explain below).

The bonuses you can win are

  • Wild - You can earn additional Wild symbols at random on reels 2, 3 and 4 for that Free Spin
  • Spin To Win - You get to continue with Free Spins indefinitely until you land a cash prize and furthermore for every non-winning spin, your multiplier increases from x1.
  • A 3x, 5x or 6x multiplier will be applied to the next spin if it is a winner.
  • The Ice Diamonds bonus game is triggered (see below).

Once your bonus is decided it is applied, or played through and then at the completion of this your free spin takes place with any bonus you earned applied to a win, should you land one on that spin.

Other bonus features

The Ice Diamonds is a second bonus game that you can only access from the Golden Wheel Bonus during Free Spins. In this game, you are presented with 15 colored stones and inside 8 of them are diamonds. Crack the stones open to reveal their contents to collect all eight diamonds, or until you hit two empty stones.

Collect all the diamonds and you can move up to the next level. There are five levels in all and you need to collect all the diamonds in each level to move up a level. As you do though, the size of prizes you win increases throughout the levels.

When you select two empty stones though, the bonus game ends and you are returned to your Free Spins game.

Best feature of the Reign of Gnomes slot

What I like about the Reign of Gnomes slot is that it is totally unapologetic in being a rather fun clone of the Game of Thrones slot and theme, but it does it in a way that tends to celebrate the original, rather than poke fun at it. Doing this with a slot can be difficult to achieve as there are always people that will accuse you of lacking originality, but I think this slot clearly knows what it is and it presents itself in a way that is good fun. Add to that that there are some decent bonuses to unlock and it becomes a slot worthy of playing in its own right.

What does the Reign of Gnomes slot lack?

For me the biggest issue with the Reign of Gnomes is not anything to do with the game or bonus features or even the theme of the slot, but rather the punitively low pay outs in the game. A jackpot of just 25x your total stake isn't going to attract too many players and add to that some of the very low winning pays you get in the base game for three symbols on a pay line (some of which can be around a tenth of your stake) and it quickly becomes a very expensive slot to play, even though you are winning on a decent amount of spins.

Conclusion

Reign of Gnomes is a fun, tongue in cheek love-letter slot to the Game of Thrones that fans of the original series will enjoy, rather than take umbrage at. It has been beautifully realized and the graphics are outstanding and the music is also very nicely done. The bonus features are fun to play and the Golden Wheel Bonus in Free Spins is a very nice touch that adds a nice level of depth and complexity to your bonus games and which can also leave you landing some of the better value wins in the slot. However, the base game suffers due to the low value of the pays which make it a somewhat expensive game to play at times.

Ratings

  • Presentation: 15 / 20 - Revolver Games have produced a fantastic looking and sounding slot. Reign of Gnomes has amazing crystal-clear graphics, crisp animation and a soundtrack inspired by the original Game of Thrones. It is presented in a cartoon-style that works well.
  • Game-Play: 14 / 20 - The game-play on the Reign of Gnomes slot is fun, you win relatively frequently and so you would think this is a lower variance slot, but unfortunately the value of the wins is so small that it is more a medium variance game. That said, the base game is fun to play and the game really kicks into life when you hit the Free Spins round and it then takes on an added dimension.
  • Bonus Features: 17 / 20 - What makes the Reign of Gnomes so playable is its bonus features. The Wild symbol doesn't quite trigger often enough for me in the base game, but the Free Spins bonus round is a work of art with s fabulous Golden Wheel Bonus before every spin adding a level of depth to the bonus game and offering you the chance to increase the overall value of a win on every spin. That is a fabulous addition to the game and makes it worth giving it a few spins just to try out that bonus feature.
  • Entertainment Factor: 14 / 20 - The Reign of Gnomes is a fun slot to play. Fans of the Game of Thrones TV series and books will like this tongue-in-cheek homage to the show and the game itself is engaging enough with the bonus features being the real icing on the cake and offering a layer of depth and intrigue in the bonus features that is somewhat unusual.
  • Play Value: 7 / 20 - Unfortunately this is the Achilles heel of the Reign of Gnomes slot in that the play value on the game is poor. The value of the majority of base game wins is very small indeed and with a jackpot of just 25 times your stake, you are not going to win a massive amount on one lucky spin either to balance things out. This game would have been so much better if the pay out levels had been a little fairer to players.
  • Overall 67 / 100 - This is a case of so near but yet so far for Revolver Games. I love the concept of the Reign of Gnomes slot, the base game is fun, the bonus features are excellent and rewarding and it is all presented in a first-class way. The big problem for me though is the low value pay outs which just erode most of the fun the slot generates because you never feel like you are going to win back what you have put into the slot.

Good Luck!

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