Regal Streak: Overview
Mysterious Red Tiger partners R7 go back to basics for their classically styled slot Regal Streak. Taking the less is more line; the game isn’t exactly stimulating in the theme or looks department. Regal Streak takes an unapologetically simple approach, padding out a straight forward base game, with a multiplier filled round of free spins which can drum up some surprisingly large wins.
The design of the game is plain, especially the visuals which use an emerald green, star-patterned background, similar to the felt top of a pool table. The grid isn’t much more elaborate. A gold bar wraps around a 5-reel, 3-payline slot, displaying a bunch of bright chunky symbols. Rounding off the experience is what sounds like a jazzy, disco version of Foster the People’s hit Pumped up Kicks. Okay a very jazzy version, while the remaining sound effects are the common bleeps that accompany this sort of game.
Playable on any device, Regal Streak offers stakes ranging from 10 p/c to £/€10 per spin. Not exactly high roller friendly, but the potential is high, so bets have possibly been reigned in to minimise exposure. RTP is slightly below average on 95.71%, while volatility is high. A little surprising given the number of features hit during testing. Perhaps we caught Regal Streak on a good day, but it didn't appear to be as tight-fisted as other games in the Red Tiger stable can sometimes be.
Despite essentially being a standard fruity-inspired slot, Regal Streak has one or two things which might surprise. The first is the pay anywhere mechanic - 3 or more matching symbols on a payline trigger a payout. Whether the combination starts from the first reel, or whether winning symbols are adjacent, or not, it doesn’t matter. Using this system squeezes more mileage out of the limited number of paylines and feels more dynamic than spending the majority of the time staring at just the first three reels.
There are not many surprises on the paytable though where it’s generic icons from start to finish. 10 to Ace royals make up out the bottom end of the scale, followed by cherries, four-leaf clovers, bells, and lucky 7s. Full lines of premium symbols are worth 13.5 to 45 times the stake. There is no wild, and the only other symbol is the scatter, covered in the next section.
Regal Streak: Features
Besides the pay anywhere mechanic there isn’t much jazzing up the base game besides Regal Nudges. The bonus game, however, can go crazy if wound up tight enough. There you will find Regal Spins and several multiplier related features.
During the main game, if 2 scatters land on a line, there is a chance the crown on the logo flies down to nudge the reels. This is the Regal Nudge feature, and when active, a third scatter may appear to trigger free spins.
Keep an eye out for the regla spins symbols as 3, 4 or 5 of them anywhere in view award 15, 20, or 25 Regal Spins respectively. Before entering Regal Spins free spins, one of the pay symbols is randomly selected to be the multiplier symbol. This chosen symbol then has its respective multiplier bar placed above the reels. Higher paying symbols display larger values on the bar. For example, if the lucky seven symbol is chosen, the values on the multiplier bar are x7, x14, x21, and x28.
Now, the round starts on x1, and each win involving the multiplier symbol moves progress along the bar, unlocking multipliers in the process. Any active multiplier is applied to each win line during the feature. The feature is further enhanced when 3 or more Regal Spins symbols appear on a payline - 3, 4 or 5 Regal Symbols on a line add 10, 15 or 20 free spins respectively. Also, they increase the Multiplier Bar values by +1 for each Regal Spins symbol on the line. For example, the lucky 7s multiplier bar increases to x10, x17, x24, and x31 when 3 bonus symbols land on a line.
Regal Streak: Verdict
With Regal Streak, R7 has designed a game which isn’t really trying to be special or innovative in any way. The game does what it says on the label, and for the most part that’s about it. Things do get a little busier during Regal Spins when the win multiplier comes into play, but still, the gameplay remains uncomplicated throughout. What might prevent Regal Streak from being a write off is its potential, where wins of up to 9,545 times the stake are technically possible.
When it comes to the overall design, Regal Streak is about as basic as it gets which might be a draw for some players after an older Reel King style vibe. The bonus game too has a vaguely ‘Book of’ feel to it due to the chosen symbol mechanic, though the rest of the rules are quite different. There’s not too much else to say about Regal Streak, either you dig the rudimentary gameplay, or it will bore you to tears.
If you’re in the mood for a stripped-back classic slot with a quick pace and potentially big returns, then it might worth taking Regal Streak for a spin. Anyone else who prefers a bit more sophistication will feel like they’re dialling up a friend on a landline phone – one of those old rotary dial ones.
It requires a healthy enthusiasm for basic gaming to fully appreciate Regal Streak, though the decent potential may compensate to an extent.