Spring Queen is a 5 reel, 40 payline slot powered by Novomatic. Playable from 40p to £60 per spin across desktop, mobile and tablet devices, your aim is to make your way into the garden of free spins where you will benefit from symbol upgrades and extra free spins.

Visually, it’s set on a bright green, grassland like background. Symbols on the reels include regular playing cards (A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9) as well as peacocks, black stallions, leopards and the Spring Queen. The 4 latter symbols all cover 2 symbol positions which helps you form bigger winning combinations. The Spring Queen is the highest value symbol giving you 500 coins (or 12.5 times your stake) for 5 on a payline.

The wild symbol is the Spring Queen logo and only shows up on the 3 central reels (i.e. reels 2, 3 and 4) – it also replaces all other symbols except the scatter.

That scatter is the pearl which 3 or more activating the Free Games + Spring Queen Bonus feature. If you get 5 on a payline, you will also win a cash bonus of 20 times your total stake. Once you trigger the feature, you will be rewarded with 10 free spins.

The feature benefits from symbol upgrades – for example, the peacock will upgrade to the more lucrative black stallion and then to the leopard and then onto the Spring Queen. For this to happen, a symbol needs to appear in the middle row on the reels – that symbol, as well as all instances of that symbol, will transform into the next high value symbol.

When the peacock upgrades to the black stallion, you will also get 1 more free spin. When the black stallion upgrades to the leopard, you will get 3 extra free spins. Finally, when the leopard transforms into the Spring Queen, you will receive 5 additional free spins. Every upgrade will give you more free spins so quite a few to be won, as well as having higher value winning combinations. Finally, the Spring Queen appears as a special stacked symbol for even bigger wins.

Spring Queen is quite a simple game visually but the Free Games + Spring Queen Bonus feature is where the big wins will come from. I found it to be a medium to high variance offering with the symbol upgrades the key to winning big – if you can upgrade the symbols to the Spring Queen, prepare yourself for huge wins. If you prefer another season other than spring, Novomatic’s Autumn Queen is recommended.