Versaille Gold does well mathematically (RTP of 96.09% and medium-high volatility) but the visuals will see it sent to the guillotine.
The palace at Versaille is one of the great architectural undertakings of the Early Modern period. During the 1600s it was expanded from a royal hunting lodge to the main residence of the King of France under Louis XIV. The Sun King, as he was known, was a symbol of royal excess and appears as the highest value symbol in this slot.
Also appearing are Cardinal Mazarin – a notable hanger-on of Louis’s – and a more generic busty courtesan, for the seduction of which Louis was infamous.
Playing on the reputation for opulence this slot takes you back in time.
The graphics are a bit kitsch, conveying less in the way of majestic royal wealth and more in the way of a first year graphic design student.
The accompanying sound and animations do very little to elevate this EGT slot game.
The sounds, for example, are not themed with a view to immersion, but are the standard spin and win sounds that EGT use on their most lazily skinned slots. While the animations are just flashing lines to indicate wins.
The gameplay of Versaille Gold is similarly basic. The main appeal is that there are progressive jackpots. However, the base game is just a five by three slot with ten win lines.
There is a gamble feature in an attempt to provide variety, and that is useful for ramping up the volatility of the slot to better serve our slot strategies.
But on the whole, the gameplay doesn’t stray far from the absolute essentials.
The Wild symbol substitutes for all symbols except the Jackpot symbol.
The Wild symbol will also trigger the Free Spin bonus if three Wilds land anywhere on the reels during a single spin.
The Free Spin Bonus comes with twelve free spins and an Expanding Symbol. The Expanding Symbol is chosen at random from the regular symbols at the start of the Free Spins. For the remainder of the Free Spins, when that symbol lands on a reel it will expand to fill that reel immediately after the wins have been calculated. Any new winning combinations are then added to the total wins for that spin.
The Jackpot triggers randomly during the base game. If a jackpot is triggered, it occurs at the end of a spin. The player is then offered twelve cards face down and must select cards until they have three matching cards. The player then wins the jackpot that is featured on the matching cards.
The return to player of this game is 96.09%, very close to our yardstick for average of roughly 96%.
The range of bets on the site we tested ran from a minimum bet per spin of $/£/€0.10 up to a maximum of $/£/€100.00 per spin.
The volatility of this game is medium-high, which makes it a moderately good match for our preferred slot machine strategies.
Versaille Gold’s main appeal is that it pairs a decent RTP with a relatively high volatility, making it a good match with our preferred strategies.
Apart from that, it is a bit rough. The visuals feel as out of date as the French monarchy and the gameplay isn’t doing much of interest.
The main selling point is the jackpots, but there are plenty of other slots out there with a better base game offering the same thing.