Let’s make this clear, this slot is nothing to do with Westeros and Game of Thrones (which is powered by Microgaming). Queen of Thrones is in fact a rather impressive chess themed offered from Leander Games. It’s a 5 reel, 30 payline title that comes with plenty of features. Look out for the Throne bonus which turns multiple symbols wild as well as free spins and pick me rounds. Play from between 30p and £60 per spin.
The reels include a selection of black and white chess pieces – the payouts match the ranking of the pieces with pawns the lowest payers followed by knights, bishops, rooks and queens. The king is the biggest payer, giving 500 times your line bet if you find five in a payline. The wild, which features the king, queen and rook, substitutes for all other symbols and delivers a very healthy 2,500 coins if you find a 5 symbol combo.
You’ll notice that slap bang in the middle of the reels is a square titled The Throne – if a queen lands in this square you’ll trigger The Throne feature. Here the queen will capture any of the enemy’s pieces that are adjacent to the throne and turn them into wilds. There’ll be a second consideration and another payout.
Find 3 or more free spin symbols and you’ll trigger the White vs Black Bonus feature – 3 symbols will get you 10 free spins, four offers 15 with 30 to be had if you trigger with 5 free spins symbols. At the start of the feature, you’ll be allocated either the black or white pieces.
Look out for when 1 of your colour pieces’ lands in the middle square on reel 3 – if your piece can reach any opposition pieces using standard chess moves (e.g. bishop moves diagonally), it will turn them into wilds. The queen is the best symbol here, turning up to 6 symbols wild. The pawn is the weakest, only able to turn 2 symbols wild. The only exception here is the king – if that drops in the middle you’ll receive 3 extra spins.
Find the Bonus symbol on reels 1, 3 and 5 and you’ll trigger the Big Capture Bonus feature – it’s a pick me round where you’ll be shown 25 squares. You’ll have 5 chances to try and find the black pieces which will reveal cash prizes. Pawns offers 1x to 2x. Knights 3x to 4x. Bishops 5x to 8x. Castle 9x to 12x. Queen 13x to 16x. King 17x to 23x.
The chessboard lends itself to the slots format and works rather well here – the sound and visuals are pretty simple but they don’t need to be spectacular given the theme. Where Queen of Thrones stands out is in the range of features.
Even if your knowledge of chess is limited and you don’t know your pawn from your bishop, there’s plenty to enjoy here. As for the theme, it does have a medieval feel to it – I recommend WMS Gaming’s Black Knight II which is simply brilliant (and very volatile!).