Dazzling gemstones are the basis of Crowning Glory, a simple 5 reel, 20 payline slot from betdigital and NextGen Gaming. The highlight of this royal-themed slot is the free spins round. Pay homage from between 20p and £20 per spin.

Crowning Glory is a very simple game. The reels are set against a suitably regal purple backdrop and include mediaeval-style playing and a selection of brightly coloured gemstones. The blue and green jewels offer payouts of 20, 50 or 100 coins if you land 3, 4 or 5 on a line. Next comes the red jewel which pays 50, 100 or 250 coins. The most rewarding symbol is the shimmering silver crown which pays 100, 200 or 500 coins if you land 3, 4 or 5 in combination.

On any spin you could randomly trigger the Royal Reels Bonus feature – a wheel appears on the screen and spins. The highlighted symbol is then placed onto 5 positions on a payline and you’ll be paid the 5 of a kind winner.

The other symbol you’ll see spinning around the reels is the gold crown – this can hit on reels 1, 3 and 5 only and is the bonus symbol. Land 3 of them on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Free Spins Bonus feature – you’ll then be awarded 12 free spins.

1 extra free spins is added to you tally for any extra crown symbols on those odd-numbered reels on the triggering spin. You can re-trigger more free spins if you manage to land 3 bonus crowns on the same spin during the feature.

It’s hard to see how slots like Crowning Glory still see the light of day. There’s nothing special about the design which is functional rather than flashy. The same goes for the gameplay which is basic in the extreme.  The only extras on offer are the Royal Reels Bonus and free spins round. Even then, there aren’t any extras like multipliers or added wilds to pique your interest.

We found Crowning Glory to be an underwhelming play. The sound and imagery were a little staid and the gameplay rather dull. This is only a slot to consider if you’re after very simple, stripped back action. For anything other than that, you’ll find ample alternatives on offer elsewhere – such as WMS’ Black Knight II which has a similar theme.