One of the leading artists of the Renaissance, Leonardo Da Vinci, has inspired a multitude of online slots. One of them is a 243 ways to win slot by High 5 Games aptly called Da Vinci Ways.
Da Vinci Ways consists of five reels, three rows, and 243 ways to win.
In case you are not familiar with this unusual format, the big advantage over the more typical layout of a fixed number of paylines, is that the winning symbols do not need to appear all on the same payline. As long as three or more like symbols line up on adjacent reels from left to right starting with the reel farthest to the left, you’re awarded with a paying combination. The result is many more ways to win.
You can play Da Vinci Ways slot machine either online or on mobile devices using the Bet MGM casino app or at Golden Nugget online casino. The game is compatible with currently used Apple iOS and Android phones and tablets.
This game is a sequel to the enormously possible online slot entitled Da Vinci Diamonds, also by High 5 Games / IGT. However, Da Vinci was well known both for his paintings and work with precious stones, and Da Vinci Ways pays homage to the artist’s talent in both areas.
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Da Vinci Ways slot is visually stunning
So, if you’re already a connoisseur of the fine arts and/or sparkling gemstones, great. You have found a game where you can really be in your element. However, you certainly don’t have to be an art history buff to be blown away by the exquisite graphics that you’ll be treated to with every spin of the reels.
No need to travel to Europe anytime soon to see the original masterpieces either. The facsimiles created for this game provide the perfect introduction to some of Da Vinci’s most famous creations from the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the cost. And if you’re lucky enough to be able to celebrate with a big payday, too, even better!
The reels are surrounded by an ornate gold leaf frame while brilliant gemstones and representations of four of Da Vinci’s most famous paintings constitute the symbols contained therein that will keep your eyes riveted to the screen.
Da Vinci Ways can also produce enormous payouts
More importantly, a special Tumbling Reels feature after every win and a Free Spins bonus could put a smile on your own face as big as that of the Mona Lisa!
Da Vinci Ways bet range
This game is probably better suited for medium and high stakes players than for very small bettors. The smallest bet you can make is 80 cents, which is relatively high for a minimum bet.
Here are the 14 possible bet sizes you can choose: .80, $1.20, $2, $4, $6, $8, $12, $20, $20, $40, $60, $80, $120, or $200.
You can also play Da Vinci Ways for any of these stakes in demo mode.
Da Vinci Ways RTP and volatility
As long as you can afford at least the minimum bet and, preferably more, don’t let the preponderance of relatively high bet sizes deter you from playing. Due to its exceptionally high return to player (RTP) combined with medium volatility, Da Vinci Ways offers surprisingly good bang for your buck.
Luck is a major factor when playing any slot game, but some online slots offer better odds than others.
Therefore, a great place to start when considering which online slot to play is with the RTP. The RTP won’t predict your results for any given playing session, but it can be a very useful for indicating probable long-term results.
More specifically, the RTP represents the percentage of your starting bankroll you are likely to have returned to you in winnings after very extensive play.
The higher the RTP, the greater the likelihood that you will have good long-term results. In addition, win or lose, payouts tend to occur at much greater frequency than on slots with only an average or below average RTP. This is important since there is no way to know ahead of time how well you will fare early on. Even when you’re not winning, a high RTP slot does a better job of protecting your bankroll
Da Vinci Ways has an RTP of 96.50% This is far superior to the published RTP for most Michigan online slots. How could you not want to play what has to be one of the best online slots on the market?
Online slots can also vary greatly in volatility (or variance), the probability of experiencing huge bankroll swings over the course of your play. Like the RTP, the volatility of a slot can have a significant bearing on the end result. However, the two variables are not correlated. Some high RTP slots have high volatility, while others have medium or low volatility.
Playing a high variance slot is a lot like riding a roller coaster. The big wins will give you an exhilarating adrenaline rush, but getting through the lows will take nerves of steel. And if you’re not sufficiently capitalized, a long stretch of losses can play havoc with your bankroll.
The good news is the Da Vinci Ways slot game is a medium volatility slot. Low volatility slots produce so little variation from one spin to the next that they quickly become boring. But with Da Vinci Ways, that won’t be a problem.
Neither will worrying that you might run out of funds during a prolonged cold streak. Instead, you have the combination of an exceptionally high RTP and medium volatility, and for a slot player, that’s as good as it gets.
Da Vinci Ways symbols
When I first opened this game, I immediately associated the word “Ways” in the title with the 243 ways to win that this online slot offers. But “ways” can also reflect what a prolific artist Da Vinci was and the variety of ways in which he was able to express his creativity.
It is therefore no coincidence that all of the symbols on the reels also directly relate to Da Vinci’s work. They include seven regular symbols, a wild symbol, and a scatter symbol.
Those of you who have studied the artwork of the Italian Renaissance and that of Leonardo Da Vinci in particular should instantly recognize all of the higher paying regular symbols in this slot game. As you will see from this list, they represent four of Da Vinci’s most famous paintings.
- Mona Lisa
- Portrait of a Musician
- Lady with an Ermine
- The Virgin of the Rocks
The highest paying symbol is the Mona Lisa. Five of a kind returns 500x your line bet.
Most online slots resort to playing cards for their lower paying symbols even though they don’t relate to the theme at all. But on Da Vinci Ways, there’s not a playing card in sight. Instead, the three lower paying symbols are gemstones: amethysts, garnets, and emeralds.
The wild symbol is the Da Vinci Ways logo with a diamond. On its own, it has no monetary value in this game. However, it substitutes for all other symbols except the scatter symbol to help form winning combinations.
The scatter symbol is a portrait of Da Vinci himself. It can only appear on reels 2, 3, and 4, and you need it to land on all three of those reels simultaneously to trigger the Free Spins bonus game.
Da Vinci Ways paytable
No. of Coins Paid Out for Different Winning Combinations
|Portrait of a Musician||350||100||30|
|Lady with an Ermine||200||80||50|
|The Virgin of the Rocks||200||80||50|
Da Vinci Ways special features
This slot game comes with two special features that have the capability of producing big wins.
Tumbling reels feature
Tumbling Reels is an innovative feature that High 5 Games created that not only makes the games offering it a lot more exciting but can add to your winnings big time. The feature is activated, both in the base game and during the Free Spins, every time you get a winning combination.
After you are paid for your wins, all of the winning symbols disappear, and they are replaced with new symbols that tumble onto the reels. The feature keeps on repeating until there are no more winning combinations.
Free spins bonus feature
As mentioned, if three Da Vinci portrait scatter symbols land at once anytime during the main game, that will trigger the Free Spins bonus round. The screen will switch to a new set of reels where you will be awarded 10 Free Spins.
You can also retrigger 5 extra Free Spins each time three scatter symbols land again during the Free Spins bonus round, up to a maximum of 50 Free Spins all together.
During the main game, the portrait of Da Vinci appears in blue while during the Free Spins, it appears in red.
The bottom line
It’s hard to find an online slot that’s not only beautifully designed but exciting, educational, and offers a great chance to win. But here it is.