While battling super villains as a masked vigilante or plundering treasures from an Egyptian tomb both have their time and place, every now and then it pays to enjoy a more serene slot experience. Grand Monarch is a game from software providers IGT that lets players just do that, with its five reels being adorned with all manner of colourful flora and the magnificent butterfly that gives the slot its title. Featuring stacked wilds and a free spins feature that doubles your wins, Grand Monarch provides enough prize punch to keep things exciting while remaining a more tranquil title overall.
A Grand Monarch is a type of butterfly, so it should come as no surprise that the colourful insect stars as both the slot’s wild and its highest value icon. Joined on the reels by caterpillars, daisies, sunflowers and chrysanthemums, the slot has an abundantly natural feel and the game itself takes place in front of a forest clearing lined with trees. Sounds used to greet winning paylines are suitably gentle, with an orchestral score signalling any payouts and the start of the free spins feature.
Grand Monarch benefits from stacked wild symbols throughout the base game, but this aspect of the slot really comes into its own during the main feature. Triggered whenever caterpillar icons land on the game’s three central reels, players will receive five free spins on a more valuable set of reels that include more wild symbols and a greater number of stacks. To sweeten the deal even further, the value of all wins during this feature is doubled, while additional free spins can also be triggered.
A fully adjustable title, Grand Monarch features two clearly labelled options beneath its reels that enable players to control both the number of active paylines and their bet per line amount. With the former ranging from 1-50 and the latter running from £0.01-£0.50, the game can be played from anywhere between £0.01 and £25.00 per spin, with all wins available under the paytable tab.
A bright and colourful slot that’s far more therapeutic to play than many of today’s all-action machines, Grand Monarch is a game that nevertheless dazzles with its potential for huge base game payouts. The slot’s regular jackpot award stands at a tidy 1,000x your stake, but when you consider that the icon that triggers it appears stacked at all times, players can potentially land this amount across multiple paylines if they’re lucky.
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