GameArt have taken the complex theme of the Da Vinci Codex--not to be confused with the Da Vinci Code of course--and fashioned an innovative slot with some challenging gameplay. Optimized for mobile or tablet, you can play on the go or enjoy the bold design of this slot on your desktop Read our full review below.
Mona Lisa Overdrive
Fans of the Da Vinci Code will recognize a lot of the symbols in play here. There’s the Mona Lisa herself, plus more esoteric symbols from freemasonry and associated with the Illuminati. There’s also a wax seal and Da Vinci’s famous Vitruvian Man inside his circle. GameArt has rendered them all in bold, rich colors against a lush red background. We still have an issue with GameArt’s use of generic sounds when they work so hard to visually establish a theme, but for once they’ve done something different with the card symbols, using some of them to spell the name "VINCI" across the reels, thus triggering the free spins bonus.
This five-reel slot boasts a huge 100 fixed playable paylines, with coin sizes from 0.01 to 0.5 for a top wager of 25 coins. All the paytable prizes are paid in multipliers, and the paytable will automatically calculate your return as you increase your bet. The minimum prize is a 10x multiplier for a full house of 9 to K symbols, then 75x for the compasses, 100x for the ring, 125x for the pyramid, 250x for the chalice, 375x for the key and 500x for La Gioconda herself. These are the maximum payouts for the maximum bet, so be aware your prizes will be considerably smaller if you opt for playing 0.01 coins.
Veni, Vidi, VINCI
Spell out the letters "VINCI" across the reels and you’ll enter the free spins bonus. Any letter symbol transmutes, as if by alchemy, into a red wax seal to create serious opportunities for winning combinations. Unusually, the wild does not appear in base play, making this quite a fiendish slot. The Vitruvian Man is the scatter symbol, and he’ll trigger a large payout when you land five across the reels--if you’re staking at the highest coin value, that’s an awesome 5,000x multiplier. If you want to increase your winnings still further, there’s a straightforward red/black gamble which you can use to double your winnings five times. This feature can be toggled on and off easily from the settings menu.
A Hidden Masterpiece?
This is certainly a slot with a difference, and, despite one or two qualms with the game design, it’s one we would recommend for the challenging gameplay. Having a wild that only triggers during the free spin bonus and including such a specific trigger for the free spins is quite a risk to take. Overall, it comes off well, as when you finally hit the bonus, you really do hit the jackpot. However, you really do need to play the higher stakes with this slot, and it's easy to do when you're playing the game for free here on Slots Bonanza!
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