Take a trip on the vintage Art Deco reels of the Nouveau Riche Slot Machine, where you get a chance to dance with the slots muse…
Nouveau Riche Slot Features
- Tumbling reels let you win time and time again off a single spin
- Excellent re-skin of the brilliant Da Vinci Diamonds game system
- Stacked wilds in base-game add to the winning potential
- Sub-game lets you pick how many free spins you receive
- Stunning Art Deco graphics and enchanting background music
- Free spin round can be re-triggered for bigger prizes
- Gain extra spins straight off the reels in the bonus round
Nouveau Riche is another game in the Tumbling Reels category from IGT. It sits nicely alongside slots like Pixies of the Forest, Dungeons and Dragons – Crystal Caverns and Monopoly Dream Life, offering players a cascading win system where they can achieve multiple prizes on a single spin of the reels. Experts will note that it is a very similar machine to the mighty Da Vinci Diamonds, the High5 Games slot that introduced this popular mechanism to the gaming audiences. However, it does have a slightly different free spin round that triggers more often that that of Da Vinci Diamonds, but doesn’t quite offer the same winning potential.
The artwork on the reels of Nouveau Riche is exactly that – artwork. This is a beautifully designed game that pulls in European Art Deco style illustrations to create a delightful vintage ambience that’s prevalent through every aspect of the game. There’s a near fairy-tale background that houses the reels together with a symbols that are modelled on some captivating icons of this bygone age including seductive muses and lavish jewels. From time to time a small butterfly will float past in the central game window, giving the base-game a dynamic, free flowing texture.
Some of the sound effects on Nouveau Riche have been ripped straight off Da Vinci Diamonds, including the tinkling sound that accompanies every symbol as it drops down into the reels. Wins are suitably underlined by crystalline tinkling effect and the background audio plays upon small piano notes and little touches of elegant sounds that come complete with hits of birdsong and the sound of a babbling brook in the distance. Whilst other slots try to bombard you with heart-quickening noise, this is one game that allows you to relax back into the reel play.
The base-game on Nouveau Riche plays across a fixed twenty pay-line structure – this is necessary to balance the game mathematically for the cascading system. Interestingly this is the first slot we’ve seen where IGT have not use the Tumbling Reels branding, opting for the more generic name of Free falls, a phrase that’s usually more commonly found on games like Gonzo’s Quest. This is where winning combinations pay out a prize and then disappear from the reels, leaving spaces into which the symbols above can drop forming new winners.
In addition to the cascading system on the reels, there’s also a bunch of stacked wilds on the reels of Nouveau Riche waiting to help you hit the big combinations. These vertical clusters of symbols are the key to winning big in the base-game, helping you hit multiple combinations across all pay-lines on offer.
Stop in three scatters anywhere on the first three reels of Nouveau Riche to activate the bonus game. This takes you to a second screen game where you’ll see three muses, with each carrying a jug. Select the lady of your choice and she’ll pour out her water into the font in front of her revealing the number of free spins you’ll take into the feature round.
As with many IGT titles, the Nouveau Riche free spin round takes place on a special second set of reels. There are even more stacked wilds available here to help you grab those big, big prizes and instead of the bonus scatters there are special symbols that can add to your free spin count, allowing you to extend the round on your way to some of the biggest rewards you can achieve from this slot.
Slot Professor Says
It’s good to see that IGT have finally taken another look at one of their most successful slot machine formats of all time. After all they’re eternally re-skinning machines like Siberian Storm and Kitty Glitter, so it was about time they reinvented Da Vinci Diamonds and Nouveau Riche is a very good interpretation of this casino classic. Hardcore slot players will note there is a discrepancy between the two slots when it comes to bonus rounds, with the special scatter pay mechanism on Da Vinci Diamonds being axed in favour of a higher activation frequency on Nouveau Riche.
In my opinion Nouveau Riche represents an attempt by IGT to keep their catalogue fresh in the face of increasingly sophisticated slot machines from Microgaming and Net Entertainments. Whilst this game is good looking and full of little graphical touches, I am wondering whether or not it’s complex enough in character to rival games like Battlestar Galactica and Gonzo’s Quest.
Like many cascading games, Nouveau Riche has a significantly clipped pay-table in order to account for the multiple wins that you can hit on a single spin. This means that over time you only get the same returns as you would from any other slot – it’s just a hell of a lot of fun when you hit a big cascading sequence, particularly in the bonus game. There are definitely wins to be had from this game, but in truth it’s another online slot machine where you’ll need to get into the feature to get the best rewards.