Da Vinci’s Mystery Super Lines (Red Tiger): Overview
A quick internet search revealed that there isn't one single mystery to Leonardo Da Vinci, but many. Full disclosure, we are unable to reveal exactly what this specific Da Vinci mystery is by the end of the review. It remains as elusive and alluring now as it has been for the last 400 or so years. Da Vinci was the quintessential renaissance man, an inventor, philosopher and of course, artist. His notebooks, art, and commentary on life continue to astonish us down to the present day. In the slot world, his name has been attached to several games of varying quality with Da Vinci Diamonds from IGT possibly the most well-known. Pragmatic Play also saw some success with their Da Vinci's Treasure release. We'll save you the suspense by saying Da Vinci's Mystery is a superior slot. Let's look at why.
Da Vinci's Mystery is nothing special when it first loads up. Set inside a library with the reels framed with gold ornaments, it looks a bit dated with plain-looking symbols and a 5-reel, 3-row set up that uses just 9 paylines. Initially, it seems like a far cry from other recent Red Tiger titles such as Dragon's Luck Megaways and Dragon's Fire Megaways. If you have ever been to the Louvre and seen the Mona Lisa, then the reaction is quite similar – 'is that it?' The painting is much smaller and less impressive than it is made out to be – especially when compared to the other huge artworks in the room. Fortunately, in both painting and slot cases, there is more to them than initially meets the eye and after a while it starts to grow on you.
Bet levels can be set from 10 c/p up to £/€20 which may not be quite enough for high rollers. Red Tiger has rated the slot as 5/5 for volatility and 5/5 for hit rate. It's an arrangement that works quite well, with enough regular wins to hold player interest while they spin in anticipation for the bonus game. The paytable reveals a mix of old and new with 10 – A card suits on the less valuable side. The high pay symbols are made up of a mysterious globe device, an invention, a book, and the Mona Lisa at the top worth 50 times the stake. Land a big win and the game elicits a jingle that you could imagine playing when Adam reaches out to touch God's hand on the Sistine chapel. Okay, different artist, but similar era nonetheless. The biggest let down when it comes to figures is the RTP rating of 95.67% which is lower than we would like to see.
Da Vinci’s Mystery Super Lines (Red Tiger): Features
Red Tiger have programmed in several extra features that work well with each other. Super Lines are handy because they create winning combinations even if symbols don't land next to each other. As long as three or more land anywhere on the same payline, it causes a payout.
Da Vinci Free Spins are what this game is all about and can be both exciting and lucrative when they are in action. The game logo with the gold and the gem is the scatter, and when 3 land in view they trigger 10 free spins. During this round, the game is enhanced in a couple of key ways. One is the introduction of cascading symbols, and the other is the row of symbols which appears across the top of the reels.
Cascading symbols is a really popular system at the moment, and it works in Da Vinci’s Mystery exactly as you would expect. When winning combinations land, they are removed from the grid to let new symbols fall into place which can cause consecutive winners from one spin.
What makes Da Vinci's Spins stand out is the Symbol Multiplier feature. When winning combinations land, the Symbol Multiplier increases by the number of symbols involved. Say 3 book symbols land in a winning combination, they will then increase the book multiplier on the symbol bar by +3. Each symbol has its own multiplier, so the more types of winning symbols, the more multipliers come into play. Not only that, but if players land 3, 4, or 5 scatters during the round they add 10, 20, or 30 more Da Vinci Spins.
Da Vinci’s Mystery Super Lines (Red Tiger): Verdict
We've all heard the saying 'if it ain't broke don't fix it'. But, no one said anything about not tweaking it. Da Vinci's Mystery uses a tried and true 5x3 game grid with low paylines and made a few tweaks to create a game that manages to stand out. Not an incredibly original slot perhaps, but one that is rather compelling.
Red Tiger Gaming has done this by balancing the volatility and win rate to a very playable level. The game pays out fairly frequently, but not so frequently that it can't pull off more substantial wins further down the line. Yes, it can take patience for the Da Vinci Spins to launch, but there are enough wins along the way to keep you engaged. When the Da Vinci Spins do kick-off, the game is able to show what it is really capable of. Wins cascade into other wins, cranking up symbol multipliers as they do so. Get it on a roll and it's good old fashioned slots fun. One mark of a good slot is whether you want to stick around after experiencing the bonus game. With Da Vinci's Mystery, once isn't enough.
The latest blockbuster slot with an epic back story and cutting edge aesthetics this is not. What it is though is a fun slot that combines old school gaming with enough of a twist to make it feel fresh. The top payout might not be massive, but at up to 5,234 times the stake potential is there. Is it an all-time classic? No, but if you need a break from the latest 9 reel slots with a million pay ways and all that new-fangled jazz, then you might want to give it a try.
If you like what you're seeing here, you might want to look into Fruit Snap from the same provider. It shares some similar ideas, but is at the same time a completely different game played on a 8x8 grid with cluster mechanics.
Da Vinci’s Mystery Super Lines (Red Tiger)
● Reels: 5
● Rows: 3
● Paylines: 9
● RTP: 95.67%
● Max Payout: 5,234x
● Volatility: H (5/5)
● Bets: 0.10 - 20 EUR
● Features: Da Vinci Spins, Symbol Multipliers, Super Lines
● Release Date: November 7, 2019
Bigwinboard Rating - 73%