Australian slots game innovator Aristocrat developed the Golden Princess title (not to be confused with the Aztec-themed slots game of the same name produced by Microgaming) as part of its “Gold Pays” range. Like many of the company’s games, the Golden Princess Aristocrat slots game relies heavily on Chinese imagery and the intrinsic value of gold in the design.
The music is cheerful and insistent, and the playing frame and reel symbols use fine details and intense colours. As with many Aristocrat offerings, Golden Princess Aristocrat slots really come alive when wins are triggered and the winning symbols transform. The Wild symbol, for example, explodes in a fireworks display. Golden Princess Aristocrat slots features five reels, each displaying four lines with a total of 25 bet lines. Wins require at least three matching symbols in succession on a bet line, starting with the left-most reel, or Reel 1.
Golden Princess Icons
Golden Princess Aristocrat slot games use fairly plain versions of the poker symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K and A as the low-value icons, although the picture-card icons are adorned with birds and flowers. The other icons in the game are all borrowed from Chinese or Japanese culture: a golden carp, a lotus blossom, a bonsai tree, a fan, a scroll, a golden locket, a Chinese lute, and the Golden Princess herself.
The game’s Wild symbol is a string of firecrackers, which explode into a dazzling display whenever they trigger big wins. The Wild substitutes for any icon, except for the Scatter symbol which is a red Chinese coin.
Two Bonus Options
Three Scatter icons in any position on the reels triggers a free spin bonus round, but the player is offered a choice that determines how many spins the round will contain. When a bonus round is triggered, the Golden Princess Aristocrat slots game offers the player five options: 20 spins with eight added Wilds, 12 spins with 18 Wilds, eight spins with 28 Wilds, five spins with 38 more Wild cards, or the mystery choice.
The mystery choice can mix any of the other options: so a lucky mobile gambling South Africa player could end up with 20 free spins with 38 additional Wilds; or, of course, strike out with only five spins and eight extra Wilds; choosing the mystery bonus is a gamble, but it can pay off handsomely. Free spins can be retriggered during a free spins round. Golden Princess Aristocrat slots has a second bonus feature, awarding jackpots of four different sizes: mini, minor, major or grand. The player is presented with 12 hidden symbols in four sets of three; one set for each of the jackpots available. The player has to pick and match three identical symbols to win the jackpot, with the first symbol they reveal determining which jackpot they are playing for.
The ability to generate really impressive wins, either through free spins with extra Wilds in play, or by hitting one of the four progressive jackpots, is the main allure for most players of Golden Princess Aristocrat slots games.