As a consequence of Bigwinboard’s meteoric rise to prominence as one of the most trusted independent sources for European iGaming news, we regularly receive requests from game developers to play and evaluate their products. It’s a gamble, given our reputation for destroying slots we don’t like, yet many service providers value our candid feedback.
To be honest, when we received a contact from Pragmatic Play inviting us to check out their products, we weren’t really enthused. For a long time, Pragmatic Play has just seemed like another boring service to us. However, this may soon alter, as was shown with Red Tiger and Push Gaming.
Since this is our very first time covering any of their titles, we won’t go into depth about the firm here; instead, information will be saved for the dedicated page we’re currently developing on.
The firm, which began life in 2007 under the name TopGame, underwent a rebranding and changed its name to Pragmatic Play in 2015 to signal a fresh start following a few small scandals. The firm has grown and expanded to the point that it is now featured on every major online casino and has won the EGR Software Rising Star award for 2017.
Treasure Map of Da Vinci’s Introduction
The game doesn’t seem to have any distinguishing features at first sight. The slot machine is designed in the standard Pragmatic fashion, with 5 reels, 3 rows, and 25 paylines. The maximum wager in this game is €125, and the theoretical RTP is 96.53%. Coin sizes range from €0.25 to €125. Note that Pragmatic, like Play’n GO, Novomatic, and many other suppliers, gives operators (casinos) the option to change the RTP setting, so it’s important to constantly check which version you’re playing. As low as 90.04% is possible.
Before you get all worked up, know that it may be essential to make changes from time to time based on the market in which you are operating. Of course, there are some offshore casinos that will use this to their advantage, which is why we only recommend the most reputable and trustworthy sites. When compared to many other providers, Pragmatic Play (and Play’n GO) stand out for their honesty in this regard.
We think you’ve seen this slot’s theme before. This is yet another game based on the “book of” trope. But as you’ll see, it’s not a carbon copy and has enough substance to hold its own. On a lighter note, we were sidetracked for a while debating whether or not John Hunter, the protagonist, is more gorgeous than Rich Wilde, the antagonist, from Book of Dead. Do you have any thoughts? Remark down below (lol).
Symbols of Da Vinci’s Hidden Treasure
To begin, I’d want to give Pragmatic Play kudos for creating a paytable that everyone can comprehend. It helps us out in the office and clears up any ambiguity that could arise for the players. It’s quite annoying to have to figure out complicated coin values in relation to bet lines and stuff. Toss that **** out of any and all slots!
You can see the usual low-value suit symbols, as well as five premiums—crossbows, a mysterious object, knapsacks, books, and our hero, John Hunter—representing higher stakes. Getting five of him on an active payline is worth 32 times the player’s wager.
The Leonardo da Vinci wild symbol appears exclusively on reels 2, 3, 4, and 5.
The game’s three extra features have varying degrees of promise and were probably introduced to provide variety. Three bonus symbols appearing in the center reels will trigger all features, including free games. When this occurs, a participant will get one of the following three extras at random:
Using a treasure map with 23 squares, you may chart your progress with the Map Quest feature. The outcome of a spin on the wheel determines whether you continue playing the game and accruing rewards, or if the game is over. If the target is met, a hundredfold gain is yours to keep.
Pick one of three paintings to find out how much money you’ve won!
You should aim for the Progressive Multiplier Free Spins feature, and with good reason. If you manage to trigger this bonus, you’ll receive 12 more spins at a multiplier that increases by 1 with each spin. With the possibility of re-triggering the bonus for an additional 60 free spins, this means that by the last spin, you may expect a multiplier of 12x, and with a perfect spin, you can achieve a multiplier of 60x. In such case, the maximum payout of 48,000 times the wager would be awarded.
The Last Word on Da Vinci’s Treasure
We chose to evaluate it since games with a high unpredictability and a lot of potential are always exciting to us. It failed to wow us visually, but it’s hardly the worst design we’ve ever come across. Bonuses (free spins) are similarly difficult to activate in this Pragmatic slot as they are in Red Tiger. When you get three scatter symbols but don’t trigger the free spins, it might be annoying. To be fair, though, this is a very high variance slot, and that’s simply the nature of the beast, like it is for other slots on the same side of the volatility index.
We have to admit that the free spins mode is a lot of fun. We enjoy the fact that Pragmatic avoided going down the same route that most other providers have done with their Book slots, and offered their unique touch to the bonus. On the last spin alone, you have a possibility of earning 9600 times the stake should you be lucky enough to land a full-screen John Hunter symbols as he appears piled on the reels. Like every other high potential spot, we all know how unlikely it is, but knowing there is a chance is enough to get most of us thrilled. Da Vinci’s Treasure should be tried without hesitation for the many reasons stated here.