Romance is in the air in Queen of Hearts Deluxe, a 5 reel, 10 payline slot powered by Novomatic. Available on all devices, it comes with a bonus feature that awards up to 40 free spins. Watch out for Cupid and his magical arrow that can turn multiple symbols wild on each free spin. Play, on all devices, from between 10p and £50 per spin.
Novomatic has obviously tried hard to make Queen of Hearts Deluxe look and sound a bit more romantic than its usual fruit machine re-boots – the results are decidedly mixed. The reels include A to 9 playing cards which are joined by a ring, a golden crown and a fairy tale castle. All of these symbols pay 50 times your total stake if you land 5 of them on a payline. The top standard symbol is the yellow rose – 2, 3, 4 or 5 of these in combination will get you a payout equal to 0.5, 5, 30 or 300 times your total bet.
Joining the standard symbols is the beating red heart which is the wild – it replaces all other symbols apart from the scatter. You’re guaranteed a payout every time a wild lands on the reels. Land 5 in a row and you’ll pocket an award worth 1,000 times your total stake.
The final symbol is the Queen of Hearts herself who is the scatter – land 3, 4 or 5 of her anywhere on the same spin and you’ll win 5, 20 or 400 times your total bet. You’ll also trigger the Free Games feature and with it, 8, 15 or 20 free spins.
Watch out on each free spin as Cupid can float onto the reels, fire arrows from his bow and turn a random selection of symbols wild. You can re-trigger another round of free spins too (giving you up to 40) so hope to see her majesty make a second appearance.
As far as volatility goes, Queen of Hearts Deluxe sits somewhere in the middle offering balanced payouts. Queen of Hearts Deluxe isn’t exactly a stunner when it comes to design. The visuals are pretty basic and the soundtrack is the familiar bangs and bleeps affair which sounds like an old ZX Spectrum game loading.
The game does come with Novomatic’s usual high octane game play though – if you enjoy simple, fast-paced action with a potentially big-hitting feature round, then you’ll want an audience with the Queen of Hearts Deluxe. If you like queens, Playtech’s Queen of Wands is recommended. If it’s romance you’re after, Microgaming’s Immortal Romance tells a darker tale of love.