Not to be confused with the bullying monarch in the story of Alice in Wonderland, Queen Of Hearts Deluxe is a digital slots game from developers Novomatic that is themed around luxury, royalty and romance. Against a pink sunset-lit archway in which cherub’s gambol, the five reels displaying three rows are fashioned in mottled white parchment, with icons varying between typical graphics and photo-realistic illustrations.
The game offers 10 paylines, with the option of playing between 0.02 and 5.00 coins per line. Typical electronic slots trills and fanfares accompany the spins and wins, and there is an autoplay function to make long-term play easy.
Standard Play Icons
As is the case with many slots titles, Queen Of Hearts Deluxe uses the Poker symbols 9 to K as its low value icons. In common with most games featuring royalty, the Ace is omitted out of respect for their majesties. All Poker symbols require matches of three or more of a kind to win, and the prizes range from 5 to 250 coins.
The medium value symbols, a ruby ring and a jewel-encrusted golden crown, all win the same prizes: 20 coins for three of a kind, 75 for four of a kind and 500 for five of a kind. Wins are accompanied by quick animations of all the winning symbols. The two high value symbols, a fairy tale castle and a delicate yellow rose, begin paying out with two-of-a-kind combos. The maximum win, for five roses, is 3,000 coins.
Wild Red Heart
A bright red heart serves as the Queen Of Hearts Deluxe wild symbol, substituting for all other symbols except the scatter, to create more possible wins from the spin. Wild combinations on a payline also score their own wins; from 2 coins for a single wild, up to 10,000 coins for five wilds in a row.
Queen Of Hearts Deluxe Scatter
The scatter symbol is the blonde, green-eyed Queen of Hearts herself, which can appear in any position on the reels and still score wins for combos of two or more. These wins can be as high as 2,000 coins, for five of a kind. But three or more scatters in any position are what players are really after: these trigger the free games feature.
Free games are awarded in groups of 8, 15 or 20 spins, depending on whether three, four or five scatters were involved in triggering them. At the end of each free spin, a cherub flies over the screen distributing more heart wilds at random, which can increase the wins on the free spins. Free spins can be retriggered during a free spins round by more scatters appearing, so this is the section of the game that offers the biggest wins to most players at Gaming Club casino.
Queen Of Hearts Deluxe has a Gamble feature, as do most Novomatic slots games. Players can choose to take a 50/50 chance of doubling each win, and keep doubling it with several more gambles, before they collect the win. Of course, a loss in the Gamble phase wipes out the win completely, so it’s best only used in an attempt to increase really small wins. The big jackpots should be banked without delay.