Heavy Metal Princess
It has become a common practice for video slot releases to step away from the old-school visuals of Royals and fruits in a classic machine and come up with many different themes and genres instead.
As varying as these themes may be, some are more often found than others, like titles with medieval settings, for example. Even if they have fantastical elements to them, they can still be pinpointed as something that is at least faux-medieval.
But what to call a fantastical, medieval setting where an armor-clad princess plays heavy metal riffs and solos on her sword-guitar? This is where the originality of Heavy Metal Princess, a 5x3 slot game by PlayPearls software, kicks in.
And the theme works surprisingly well. From the red skies, an ominous-looking castle whose citadel emits a mysterious green light, to the princess’ antagonist the Dark Knight, there are some elements that evoke the style of Frank Frazetta's drawings, although visually less grim.
While the look of the Dark Knight seems like it was inspired by Frazetta's work the most, the intro in form of comic-book pages also adds to that impression.
The colorful and stone-rimmed slot is located on the left side, as the princess on the right shreds her guitar in a fun animation, simultaneously providing the music for this title.
As you spin the reels, either the growly voice of the Dark Knight or some additional riffs and cheering audience will be heard, depending on the result of your spin.
How Much Can You Bet And What Features To Expect?
There are 25 active pay lines and the bet value in coins ranges from 0.25 to 25.00 with a maximum of one coin per line. The Mystery Jackpot awards from €2000.00 to €5000.00.
The least paying symbols are the four classic royals, mixed with the drum set. The princess herself and the Dark Knight pay considerably more.
The princess rewards x20, x75, and x150, depending on whether 3, 4, or 5 land on the reels, and the Dark Knights delivers x100, x200 and x300, also depending on whether 3, 4, or 5 land on the reels.
The return-to-player is on a pretty lower side, which does this slot release, or rather its players, a disservice.
Except for the Royals, every other symbol in the game appears as a small, colorful panel from the comic book and many of these bring something interesting to the player.
Dragon Bonus symbol activates the bonus game, and the same goes for the Duel Bonus symbol. Both of these mini-games are triggered whenever 3 or more such symbols appear.
Depending on the number of dragons that land, Dragon Bonus brings either 6, 7, or 8 rounds of the mini-game where you choose the melodies of one of the four listed classical composers to earn a random amount of credits, during each of these rounds.
The Duel Bonus has the titular princess go toe-to-toe against the Dark Knight in a Guitar Heroesque manner. By choosing one of the three guitar riffs the duelists will square off and each time the princess hits the Dark Knight, a random amount of credits will be won.
The Extra spins symbol grants 10, 20, or 30 extra spins, depending on whether 3, 4, or 5 of them land on the reel.
The Wild in the form of our rocking princess pays the highest winning combination on a bet line, but it should be kept in mind that it won’t substitute for the Bonus and Extra Spins symbols.
Thematically interesting and musically attractive, if you are into rock and heavy metal riffs, Heavy Metal Princess is a fresh new slot that merges beautiful graphics with some very nice features.
As a modern release, the game, of course, works equally well on mobile devices.
It would be preferable for the RTP to be higher, but two immensely fun and generously rewarding bonus games might prove to be enough to make up for this particular downside.