The Great Czar slot takes us back to a time before the Russian Revolution when Czars ruled Russia. On the reels you’ll find a czar with a striking likeness to Nicholas II, while the female on the reels could also be Empress Alexandra, the wife of Nicholas. These two represented the last in a long line of Czars who ruled Russia until the beginning of the 20th century.
This five-reel slot features a crown, a coat of arms, golden eggs and diamonds on the reels – these royals had money. Thankfully they are looking to give some of it way in the form of pay-outs. Alongside the standard wins you’ll find a wild symbol helping you along and a free spins feature round.
This MicroGaming design plays out on the popular 5×3 reel configuration. The game pays out from left to right and has a total of 30 win-lines. The highest paying symbol is the Czar himself. He looks resplendent in his military uniform with a series of medals across his chest. Land the Czar five times in a row and you’ll pick up a win of 500 coins. The czar is the only symbol in this game which pays all the way down to 2 symbols – the other symbols need 3 or more in a row for a win.
Next on the pay table is the beautiful Empress. She is dressed in white with red headwear, perhaps it’s her wedding day. The Empress has a top prize of 400 coins when landing five in a row. A symbol which shows a golden egg and a sparkling diamond is next and pays 350 for hitting five symbols in a row. The standard symbols are completed by the playing cards 9, 10, J, Q, K and A. The Aces have a top win amount of 200 coins, ranging down to 90 coins as the pay-out amount for the 9s.
The wild symbol is represented by a dark red and golden coat of arms. This intricate looking design will substitute for every other symbol on the reels – apart from the scatter.
The final symbol in the game is described as both the bonus and the scatter symbol. This shows a crown with a cross on the top, with gold coins scattered all around it. Land three scatters anywhere on the reels and you’ll win 5 coins. The prizes increase quickly however, as 4 or 5 scatters will give you wins of 30 and 150 coins respectively.
Three or more scatters will also see you gain entry into the ‘Imperial Crown’ bonus feature. Here you’ll be taken to a second screen showing a bunch of colourful Russian minarets. A number of the minarets will now show a number of free spins with an added multiplier. Players will now choose which free spins feature they want to play. For example, a player might choose to take 30 free spins with no multiplier. Other players might want to go to the opposite extreme and play 1 free spin with a 30x multiplier. This choice does add a nice level of strategy to the game. Do players play it safe and go for almost guaranteed smaller wins, or go all out on one spin and hope for a mega pay-out?
Great Czar is set against the backdrop of a pink Russian sunset. Above the reels you’ll see the tops of towers and minarets, to the left these are gold, while to the right there is a colourful mix. The reels themselves are large and dominate the screen. These reels have a pale blue background with golden edging, certainly adding a royal touch to the game. The Czar and Empress are the most eye-catching of the symbols. The soundtrack to the slot is your basic beeps and clicks at most, where a classical music track would have been more fitting.
Historical themed slots always have much appeal and it’s nice to find a slot with an original subject matter. The visuals of the game, while not ground-breaking, are pleasing on the eye, the Russian architecture standing in the bonus game the standout moment. The gameplay isn’t what you would call unique. However, the choice in the free spins round adds a nice level of strategy. For the bonus feature alone, this slot is worth a trip to back to Russia at the turn of the last century.