Battle Royal from Play’N Go is the latest slot to tackle the difficult theme of warring Royals, and with the British Royals making the headlines for their differences just recently there’s no time like the present. This game however, is inspired by the Tudor Royal court of King Henry VIII (yep, the polygamist wife slayer) and based on the typical environment of the time.
Typical also is the setup, the increasingly popular 5 x 3, 20 payline formation seems to have become the standard of late, and is again the case here. With a host of features and a gripping back story this slot has the potential to truly entertain.
Finding your way around the slot
You’ll dive into the historical quirkiness of the most eccentric of Kings, but first take a few minutes to know the basics. The quick betting panel allows you to increase and decrease your bets and autoplay sets the game in uninterrupted motion for the selected number of times.. Once setup hit the spin button to get going.
The best bits
As well as a range of monarchy related symbols for high value wins and playing cards for low value, the slot has the usual wilds and scatters. The King himself is the wild, substituting all other symbols except for the Shield and Swords scatter symbol. The wild can also form winnings on its own.
The aforementioned scatter can land on the two end reels, one and five, triggering the bonus feature. The player can then choose from this selection of scatters to reveal Heads Will Roll or Long Live the King features.
Heads Will Roll Free Spins - A guillotine will fall after each of the spins during the free spins feature, if a queen happens to be on the same reel she’ll get the chop and become a wild for the remainder of the round. The free spins continue until only one wife is left, the final prize will depend on the wife you end up with at the end. You can take a gamble on her fate - and your prize - in an attempt to trigger the Long Live the King feature.
Long Live the King - In this feature you can become the Kings wingman, helping him avoid his jilted wives and win a few bob along the way. Just select chests to reveal prizes, they are instant. When the ghost catches up with your King the feature will end, but you still have the opportunity to get you both out by finding a key in one of the chests. The brave of you might choose to stay and win more, but it’s risky.
Royal Flush - This slot has a nice hidden feature, called the Royal Flush - a nod to the poker hand and the gaming industry. All player card symbols will get randomly converted to one symbol together (all tens for instance), significantly increasing your chances of winning big from these low paying symbols.
The historical context is always a draw with slots like this, and here the story lends itself very well to the game. The developers have used the tale of King Henry VIIIth to their credit, and the details are something to marvel at - one might think why bother, but it really does make a difference for Battle Royal.
Design wise it looks great, with stunning visual effects, gory sounds and snappy animations. With an RTP of 96% and a fluid responsive interface across devices, this slot has it all and is definitely worth an hour of anyone's time.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring