Leonardo da Vinci is perhaps the most famous and the most influential scientist and inventor of all time. What he probably had never been credited with so far is becoming the central theme of a video slot game.
EGT set out to correct that mistake with Genius of Leonardo, a game that is both entertaining and instructive for players. A true homage to the resourcefulness of the Italian master.
If you want to know how that all translates in terms of gameplay, and how you can win impressive cash rewards, read on…
The game is set in da Vinci’s native Italy and as such, you would be right to expect beautiful landscapes and architecture.
The background depicts the beautiful Italian countryside, with its gently rolling green hills and soft, blue sky. You can also catch a glimpse of a river and a stone bridge crossing it, leading to a city dominated by a large cathedral with a dome reminiscent of Florence’s Duomo.
The scene is quiet, but things get more lively with each winning combination as the reel symbols start changing shape and a cheerful melody plays. Genius of Leonardo is a beautiful game to look at, no doubt there, but now the time has come to see how exactly it is played.
This EGT creation is based on a 5-reel setup, across which are drawn 30 potential paylines. Start your game by choosing how many paylines to activate; the side tabs are here just for that. Select 1, 5, 10, 20 or 30 paylines by clicking the corresponding shortcut. Your next logical step is to bet either 1, 2, 5, 10 or 20 coins per payline using the buttons located right below the reels. The amount displayed on them will be automatically adjusted according to your other settings, and clicking on them will immediately set the reels into motion.
The usual orange Autoplay button is still there for those who would rather let the computer do the spinning over and over again. For the others who stuck to single spin mode, keep in mind that after every win you can click the Gamble button and try to double your gains by correctly guessing the colour of a hidden card. You can repeat the operation several times, but your first mistake will also be your last – and you can kiss your new earnings goodbye at the same time.
Lastly, keep an eye on the four running counters at the very top of the game screen. They represent the four progressive wins of the game. After every win, the Jackpot Cards Bonus game can be triggered randomly, in which case your task will be to flip over playing cards until you find three of the same suit. The game will then stop, and the corresponding jackpot will be all yours!
The paytable of Genius of Leonardo is mostly a catalogue of the da Vinci’s most recognisable inventions and works of art.
Mostly only, as we begin in the lowest part with the classic playing-cards inspired symbols, ranging from 10 to the Ace. Those are well-known icons to many players, here in an elegant and curvy font.
Things get more interesting with the rest of the basic symbols, representing iconic inventions of the Italian master. You may recognise a prototype of an Automobile, some sort of Flying Machine, a rudimentary Wing, a mechanic Boat and what can only be described as an ancestral Tank, an armoured vehicle ready for battle. All symbols are beautifully designed and reflect da Vinci’s exceptional talent and genius.
The two last symbols on the paytable bring a little more than cash prizes to the table.
The famous drawing of a Man with perfect proportions is symbolic of da Vinci’s work. Here, it acts as both the most valuable reel symbol of all and as the Wild card of the game at the same time. It is able to replace any of the previously listed basic symbol, thus allowing new winning combinations to occur.
Finally, the Mona Lisa joins the party as a Scatter symbol. She can only appear on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th reel and when she does, regardless of alignment, she triggers a Free Spin Bonus round. Flip over the reel symbols to find out how many Free Spins you won, for a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 50 free games!
Genius of Leonardo has a lot for itself in the form of an original these, beautiful graphics, sizeable rewards and Free Spins to top it all off. Most players should be delighted to have a chance to be acquainted with the Italian genius.