Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, was a French apothecary who lived from 1503 to 1566. He is famous for publishing several books of prophecy, most notably Les Propheties. These works claimed to predict future events, sometimes centuries before they occurred. While most believe that Nostradamus simply got lucky with his vague ramblings, others have elevated him to the status of a genuine prophet of things yet to come.
In recent years, Ash Gaming decided to capitalize on the enduring myth of this man by creating a Nostradamus slot machine. Available at multiple online casinos, the game (officially known as the "Nostradamus Prophecy Slot") hearkens back to a time when the planets were still a mystery and most modern conveniences had yet to be invented.
The game has abandoned the usual payline structure in favor of a more fluid method of play. Thanks to the "way win" system, players can achieve a payout just by getting three or more adjacent symbols from left to right. Reel wins are multiplied by your coin value, and each spin has 243 possible paths to riches.
This 5-reel slot has the usual number of icons you'd expect, and most are in keeping with an astrology theme. All of the game's symbols are listed below, including the potential payouts and ties to various bonus features.
- Crescent Moon
This mysterious symbol acts as the wild and substitutes for all other symbols besides the scatter. If you get one of these on all five reels, then you'll receive a payout of 500 credits.
The famed seer is featured on this symbol, and getting five of them at the same time pays 500 credits. Four pays 200, while three pays 50.
- Book of Prophecy
This ancient text represents the famed book in which Nostradamus collected many of his predictions. Pays 300 for five symbols, 150 for four, and 30 for three. If you get one or more of these symbols while wagering enough money, you'll activate the Prophecy Book Bonus.
The best way to look at the stars, especially if you happened to live in the 16th century. Pays 250 for five, 125 for four, and 25 for three.
The best possible means of counting down the days and hours until the end of the world, the hourglass is also a big hit with fans of Days of Our Lives. Pays 200 for five, 100 for four, and 20 for three.
- Quill & Writing Paper
When you wanted to jot down a prophecy in the 16th century, you couldn't grab an iPad. Instead, you dipped the quill into ink and did it the old-fashioned way. Pays 100 for five, 50 for four, and 15 for three.
The highest value in a deck of playing cards, this symbol pays 70 for five, 40 for four, and 10 for three.
Pays 50 for five, 30 for four, and 8 for three.
Pays 40 for five, 25 for four, and 7 for three.
Pays 30 for five, 20 for four, and 6 for three.
Pays 25 for five, 15 for four, and 5 for three.
Pays 20 for five, 10 for four, and 5 for three.
- Planets Bonus
This symbol takes the appearance of multiple planets lined up, and it acts as a scattered symbol. If this icon comes up on reels one, three, and five, the Planets Bonus is activated.
- Free Spins
Getting three to five of these symbols activates the Free Spins Bonus.
Bonus Rounds and Special Features
The following are the bonus rounds and special features found in the Nostradamus online slot from Ash Gaming:
Activated by getting bonus scatters on reels one, three, and five. When the "play" button is pressed, the planets begin to rotate around the sun. If a planet stops its rotation on the win line, then it awards the multiplier next to it. There's a possibility that all six displayed planets may stop on a win line during a single spin. Bonus winnings are multiplied by the player's total wager.
Three free spin icons award five free spins and one reel modifier. Four free spin icons award 10 free spins and up to two reel modifiers. Five free spin symbols award 15 free spins and enable all three reel modifiers. When a reel modifier is activated, it stays that way for a total of five spins. They include the following: the earthquake causes random symbols to fall away and be replaced by enhanced symbols; lighting strikes random symbols and turns them wild; the tsunami washes over the screen after a spin and turns one to three reels into stacked wilds.
This bonus is activated by getting a prophecy book symbol during the base game and risking enough money to qualify. American players, for example, need to wager a minimum of $10. If this occurs, the player receives a mystery cash prize. Multiple book symbols lead to larger payouts. This bonus cannot be multiplied or otherwise affected by additional game bonuses.
If a scroll unrolls during the base game, Nostradamus makes a prediction that leads to one of the following: a reel modifier is awarded on the current spin; a big win is awarded on the reels of the current spin; a random multiplier is applied to all wins, as well as a special cash prize. These predictions are not available during free spins, and the additional cash prize isn't affected by any other modifiers.
Did You Know? 10 Facts about Nostradamus
In case you're unfamiliar with the man, here are 10 interesting facts about Nostradamus:
The Prophecies of Nostradamus
Some individuals credit Nostradamus with predicting a number of important world events. We've included some of his most notable "successes" in this section, along with his actual writings. Prophet or charlatan? You be the judge.
"Near the gates and within two cities, there will be scourges the like of which was never seen. Famine within plague, people put out by steel, crying to the great immortal God for relief."
"The blood of the just will commit a fault at London. Burnt through, lighting of twenty threes the six: The ancient lady will fall from her high place. Several of the same sect will be killed."
"The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt. An evil deed foretold by the bearer of a petition. According to the prediction, another falls at night time. Conflict at Reims, London and a pestilence in Tuscany."
"He will come to travel to the corner of Luna, where he will be captured and put in a strange land. The unripe fruits to be subject of great scandal, great blame, to one, great praise."
"Beasts ferocious with hunger will cross the rivers. The greater part of the battlefield will be against Hister. Into a cage of iron will the great one be drawn, when the child of Germany observes nothing."
"PAU, NAY, LORON will be more of fire than of the blood. To swim in praise, the great one to flee to the confluence. He will refuse entry to the Piuses. The depraved ones and the Durance will keep them imprisoned."
Nostradamus may have been a visionary, or he may have gotten incredibly lucky when it came to making vague predictions about the future. Whatever the case, his name continues to live on through the centuries, something we doubt even he could've predicted.
While many believe his writings about the future were nonsense, there's nothing nonsensical about the slot machine that bears his name. With 243 ways to win and a progressive jackpot, you don't need to be a prophet to see a major payout in your future.