It may sound like the title of a cheesy American TV mini-series but The Royals is in fact a classic fruit machine re-boot from Novomatic. Played using a 5 reel, 20 payline game engine, it comes with a free spins feature that can trigger at random on any spin and is played on a new set of mini reels. Pay homage to his majesty from between 40p and £80 per spin.

The design in The Royals combines medieval imagery with classic fruit machine visuals. An imposing castle forms the backdrop to the reels – those reels include cherries and plums which pay up to double your total stake followed by 10 and J symbols which pay up to 3 times your bet.

Next come the Q and K which award 5 or 10 times your stake respectively if you land 5 of them on a payline. The most rewarding symbol is the pouch full of gold. 3, 4 or 5 of these in a line will get you 5, 10 or 25 times your total stake.  Appearing on reels 3, 4 and 5 only, the jester is the game’s wild – it doesn’t offer any pays but it does substitute for all other symbols.

You’ll notice that there are no scatters on offer here. There is a The Royals feature though which can be triggered at random on any spin. Once activated, the free spins are played out on a new set of mini reels that include blue, yellow and red 7s.

A combination of 3 different coloured 7s pays double your stake. 3 blue 7s pays 5 times while 3 yellow 7s pays 10 times your stake. Best of all is a trio of red 7s which will get you a payout of 25 times your stake. The free spins on the mini reels continue until you have a winless spin.

The Royals is a basic affair – the imagery is standard Novomatic fare and the soundtrack the developer’s usual bangs and bleeps offering. The gameplay is equally simple. If you want plenty of play for your investment, then this should do nicely as the variance is very low.

If you’ve enjoyed slots in Novomatic’s Reel King series, then you should find plenty to like in The Royals. If you prefer high-end design, a range of features and more volatility, then you’ll be better suited playing Kingdom of Legend (also by Novomatic).