Ahoy, shipmates! It’s time to fill our suitcases with our favourite holiday essentials, as we’re about to set sail for a taste of the high life in this slot from PG Soft. Sun, swimming, delicious food, and even casinos can be found on this luxury liner, and even better, we won’t even need to leave the comfort of our own sofa to enjoy the experience! The Cruise Royale slot is a high volatility, six-reel, four-row video slot featuring a maximum win of 2,500x and an RTP of 96.63%.
As you’d expect from a cruise ship inspired game, there’s plenty of action and entertainment to enjoy here. Events take place on a 6x4 grid, with an additional horizontal reel above reels 2-4, which symbols side across into, creating 10,000 winlines. Headline features include cascading reels, with any symbols involved in a win being removed from the grid, creating space for further symbols to drop down into and form additional wins, and travelling wild symbols, which will move diagonally, in a leftward, downward direction throughout subsequent cascades. There is also a free spins bonus to play for, which can be triggered by landing four scatter symbols. This bonus starts with at least eight free spins and introduces a multiplier element to spice things up.
Are you ready to board this queen of the seas and get an insight into how the other half lives? Well, you’re in luck; please accept this complimentary pass to play the Cruise Royale demo slot, available free of charge below!
There aren’t many cruise ship or even holiday inspired games in the slot world, which is strange if you stop to think about it. Everybody loves to go away to unwind, and you’d imagine that a theme involving the glitz and glamour of a high-end luxury cruise liner would be a great inspiration for developers. So, it’s good to see that PG Soft has identified this, and it's great to see a game involving a setting that’s a bit different to the norm. They do, however, have some other titles in their catalogue that fit nicely into this niche. For example, Songkran Splash is inspired by Thailand’s national holiday of the same name. This five-reel slot is full of beach vibes, sun, and fun and features increasing multipliers, an RTP of 96.69%, and a maximum win of 5,000x. Or how about Hawaiian Tiki? Set on an island of dreams, with blue skies, palm trees and golden beaches, this six-reel game with expanding wilds, a free spins bonus, an RTP of 96.76%, and a maximum win of 2,500x may well be your ideal destination. Coming up, we’ll take a more detailed look into the features of Cruise Royale, starting with the pays section.
Taking the prize for the top symbol on the paytable are the Casino Chips and Dice, which will return 5x your stake for each line of six symbols. Next, the Glass, Cigar, and Lobster pay 1.25x, and closely following these are the three remaining premium symbols, which are the Magicians’ Hat, the Bowling Equipment, and the Life Buoy, which all return 1x. The standard A, K, Q, J, 10, and 9 comprise the non-premium symbols, and these will pay 0.5x, 0.5x, 0.5x, 0.4x, 0.4x, and 0.4x, respectively, per line of six.
When it comes to the stakes, typically from a PG Soft game, there’s plenty on offer. There are 33 options to choose from, to be precise, ranging from as low as €0.60 to as high as €180.00 on the Cruise Royale slot, ensuring an abundance of possibilities. Those small stake players may feel that €0.60 is slightly high for them, but I have a feeling this stake is used only on the demo, and real money play will offer far lower values to play at.
base game & modifiers
Cruise Royale slot base game
Looking at the game mechanics, we can see that Cruise Royale operates on a six-reel, four-row grid, with an additional horizontal, single line of rows above reels 2-4, with this essentially creating a 4-5-5-5-5-4-reel formation. The cascading reels system is utilised, with any symbols that are involved in a win being removed from the grid, which then makes additional space for further symbols to drop in from the top, offering the opportunity for multiple wins and cascades to take place within a single game round. As standard with most slots, wins are achieved by matching a minimum of three symbols from left to right.
Between 1-4 special travelling wild symbols can appear in the rows above reels 2-4 on any spin. These act in the same manner as traditional wilds, replacing any standard pay symbol. Between any cascades, these wilds will move across the grid in a diagonal motion, moving one row down and one reel left each time. Once they reach reel one, they will move off the game board before the next cascade.
cruise royale slot bonus features
Cruise Royale slot bonus feature
Four scatter symbols landing on the grid during any one spin will trigger the free spins feature, awarding eight spins. Any additional scatter symbols above the required four will award two extra starting spins each.
free spins feature
A win value multiplier is introduced to the game during this bonus round, starting at x1 and increasing in increments of one after every free spin. The relevant multiplier value is applied to the total win from each free spin. Any travelling wild symbols that land during the free spins will carry over to the following free spin if unused in the previous spin and will behave the same way they do in the base game, moving diagonally left. Landing any +1 symbols will award an additional one free spin each.
Well delivered and a refreshing theme.
Travelling wilds are an interesting variation
Exciting free spins bonus
The maximum win could be higher.
cruise royale Slot Review Summary
I had loads of fun playing Cruise Royale as it’s something a bit different, from the theme of the game down to the mechanics. I particularly enjoyed the travelling wilds feature, a variation of the walking wilds or sticky wilds found in many other slots. The free spins bonus is also well designed, with the addition of the multipliers and the ability of unused wilds to carry over to the next spin, ramping up the excitement levels and potential for big wins. In terms of improvement, if I were being picky, it would have been awesome to see a higher maximum win, but 2,500 is still an impressive target to aim for.
Article by Patrick Owen
Patrick has over eight years of experience playing and reviewing slots and casino games. He is an avid land-based and online casino fan with a hunger to learn more about slot games and the developers that create them.