Fascination with Mariticide or uxoricide—the killing of a husband or a wife—content is synonymous with a sadist. But a precise conceptualization of sadism is exemplified by Battle Royal. A medieval-themed slot game that was originally released on December 11, 2018, Battle Royal is a gruesome reenactment from Play’n GO, which lists it alongside its only other Royal-branded game called Royal Masquerade.
Battle Royal draws inspiration from a true story of King Henry VIII, a one-time murderous English king who reigned between early and mid-1500s. Each of King Henry’s six spouses met different fates—except the last wife that was spared—ranging from divorce to death to beheading. Royal Battle symbolizes the king’s deceased partners who are now fighting him back through spiritual attacks, and the players have to match three to five symbols in any of the twenty different letter-like ways pointed out in its pay table.
Battle it out in Battle Royal
Battle Royal is a high-volatility five-reel game, fitted with twenty pay lines. Battle Royal has sixteen symbols in total, sub-divided into two groups. One of the groups has seven portraits of historic public figures: King Henry VIII, Catherine Parr, Catherine Howard, Anne of Cleves, Jane Seymour, Anne Boleyn, and Catherine of Aregon. Also, there are his wives’ six ghosts. The other group consists of the four card suits: spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs.
Battle Royal game first takes the players through a three-step summary of free spins triggered by beheadings, the king fleeing his wives’ ghosts amid looting, and the royal flush. Pressing “Continue” shows the interface, allowing the adjustment of bets—$0.20 minimum and $100.00 maximum—before pressing “Spin”.
The Battle Royal symbols are compared with 20 different geometric figures: horizontal I-shapes, V, upturned V, U, upturned U, disjointed U, Z, reflected Z, S turned sideways, W, M, T, and upturned T. The bet sizes are from $0.20 to $100, and also consist of $0.40, $1.00, $2.00, $3.00, $4.00, $5.00, $6.00, $8.00, $10.00, $20.00, and $50.00.
Based on the $100 maximum bet, these are the Battle Royal payouts for three, four, and five matching symbols, respectively. The King symbol and his first wife have $200, $1000, and $3000. The second wife and third wives offer $200, $750, and $2500. The fourth and fifth wives have $100, $500, and $2000. The last wife offers $50, $500, and $1500. All the six wives’ ghosts offer $200, $1000, and $3000.
The playing cards suits for three, four, and five symbols are: spades offer $25, $50, and $300; hearts offers $25, $50, and $250; the diamonds offers $25, $50, and $200; and the clubs offer $25, $50, and $150. However, Battle Royal players’ regular winnings can be X5000 of their bets, while the non-progressive jackpot is $500,000.
Battle Royal interface is awesome. Its sounds are spooky, such as the screaming wives as they face the guillotine. The graphics precisely capture the medieval pre-photograph era such as the painting and the crinoline or hoop skirts; plus, the graphics also are seemingly ripped out of paranormal and snuff movies, such as the illusions of the fuming ghosts hunting the king, the Spartacus-like bloody scenes, and the haunted castle.
Luck in Battle Royal
The RTP rate of Battle Royal, a game of chance, is 96.56% and the house edge is 3.44%.