The Grand Monarch butterfly, also known as the common tiger due to the unique markings on its wings, is perhaps the most familiar of all North American butterflies. The Grand Monarch is particularly known for its annual migration from North America to Mexico. The Grand Monarch has a short life span of between 2 and 5 weeks, and as such holds a certain whimsical appeal.
IGT, or International Gaming Technology, has developed an online video slot based on the Grand Monarch, by the same name. The online slot features 5 reels and 50 paylines, as well as a Free Spins Bonus Round.
Grand Monarch Reel Symbols
Symbols are creatively designed to support the theme and natural habitat of the Grand Monarch. Symbols include the Grand Monarch butterfly, a Lotus flower, a Zinnia flower, a caterpillar, a Gladiolus flower and a Sunflower. Standard playing cards numbers 9 and 10, as well as the Jack, Queen, King and Ace also appear on the reels, being of the lower value paying symbols.
As is the case with most land-based and online slots, the aim is to land a combination of three or more matching symbols adjacent to one another on the reels.
The wild symbol is represented by the Grand Monarch butterfly, and will substitute for all other standard symbols, with the exception of the Grand Monarch scatter symbol.
The caterpillar is the Grand Monarch scatter symbol. Landing a combination of 3 or more of the caterpillar scatter symbols anywhere on the reels will activate the Free Spins Bonus Round. The scatter symbol only appears on reels 2, 3 and 4.
Free Spins Bonus Round
5 free spins are initially awarded, and the feature can be re-triggered by landing another set of 3 or more scatter symbols on the reels, during any free spin.
The interface is user-friendly, making it easy to navigate. The betting functions and options are clear and easy to understand. The online slot will appeal to seasoned players and newbies, alike.
Grand Monarch can be played for fun and free or for real money. Pre-play player registration and full download is not required when playing for free.
The online slot has a graphics-rich feel to it. The colours used for the slot background and the symbols are bright and vivid. This makes playing the slot a pleasurable visual experience. This ties in perfectly with the theme of the slot, as the colouring of and the detail on the wings of the Grand Monarch butterfly are what makes it such an iconic species.
Flexible Betting Options
Minimum bet starts at a meagre 0.01 credits per payline, and maximum bet goes all the way up to 5 credits per active payline, placing total maximum bet at 250 credits per spin. The flexible betting options will appeal to conservative players and high rollers alike.
Grand Monarch can be played in manual mode or by making use of the Autoplay function, during which the number of spins are pre-determined by the player. The Autoplay function generally appeals to gambling online NZ players preferring a more fast-paced game.