Empress Josephine Slot Machine
In 2014 High 5 Games launched The Empress Josephine on all platforms including Web, land-based casinos, mobile apps, and RMG Online. The video slot game is one of High 5 Games' historical slots, acknowledging the rich cultural heritage that was established in the 19th century. Other historical games include Davinci Diamonds and Renoir Riches.
The Empress Josephine brings an elegant and artistic design to the world of slots. The game features a palatial background and the scrolling area uses a French wallpaper motif.
This is a 5-reel, 3-row video slot game with 40 pay lines. The game also uses Super Stacks, a popular feature with many slots enthusiasts, and a bonus round multiplier.
Background to the Theme
Joséphine de Beauharnais was born in 1763 and was six years older than Napoleon Bonaparte, the man who would make her an empress and a lasting symbol of forsaken love. She met Napoleon in Paris in 1795 while he was engaged to Désirée Clary, whom Bonaparte broke off with almost immediately, much to his family's displeasure. Désirée eventually became Queen of Sweden.
Despite having already borne two children to her first husband, Alexandre de Beauharnais, who was executed by the Robespierre government, Josephine was never able to give Napoleon an heir. He divorced her and married Marie-Louise of Austria, who did give birth to a son, Napoleon II. Ironically, Josephine's own daughter Hortense was the mother of Napoleon III, who was the son of Napoleon I's younger brother.
Upon his death bed Napoleon I Bonaparte uttered his last words: "France, l'armée, tê te d'armée, Joséphine". And thus was confirmed the legendary love of this star-crossed pair.
Symbols in the Game
There are 12 symbols in the game and prizes are awarded from left to right. Only the highest-value winning combination on a pay line is awarded a prize.
There are two special symbols in the game, as follows.
- The Empress Josephine logo
This serves as the Wild, and substitutes for all other symobls except the Crown-on-Pillow. If five Wild symbols appear on a pay line, they award a prize of 5,000 times the bet per line.
- The Crown-on-Pillow
This triggers the bonus game, which we explain more about later.
Josephine's portrait serves as the highest-value non-special symbol in the game. For five-of-a-kind she pays a prize of 200 times the bet per line. When she pays a prize Josephine's tile becomes animated, zooming out to show her reclining on an imperial couch.
Napoleon is the next highest-value symbol, paying a prize of 100 times bet per line for five-of-a-kind. When Napoleon pays a prize his symbol becomes animated and the point of view recedes from him, revealing him standing in the breeze as his red cloak flaps.
The Apollo fountain is the third high-value symbol, only differing from Napoleon in the 2-of-a-kind prize. Water begins flowing from the fountain when it pays a prize.
Josephine's chest of jewels is the next high-value symbol, topping out at 50 times bet per line for 5-of-a-kind. The chest opens up to reveal Josephine's treasured valuables when this symbol awards a prize.
Her silver dining service heads up the low-value symbols and is the last symbol in the game to use a picture. The remaining low-value symbols are "A", "K", "Q", "J", and "5". The "5" represents High 5 Games.
All of the game's controls line the bottom of the screen and they follow High 5 Games' standard design. The Lines control allows you to scroll through the 5 settings (1, 10, 20, 30, and 40) to determine how many pay lines will be active during spins.
The Per Line control allows you to scroll through the 8 settings (0.01, 0.05, 0.10, 0.25, 1.00, 2.00, 5.00, and 10.00) that determine how much you bet per active pay line.
The BET display shows you the total bet, calculated by multiplying active pay lines times the bet per line.
The Win / Credits window shows you how much you won on the last spin and what your available credits balance is.
You can use the Replay button to watch your last spin again. It will replay an entire bonus game for you.
The Question mark opens up the help system so you can scroll horizontally through all 20 screens.
Auto Play gives you the ability to generate 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 spins so you don't have to click the Spin button that many times. The game automatically deducts the amount of each bet from your available balance and it stops if your balance is too low to pay the next bet. You can also stop the auto spins at any time by pressing the button again.
The Spin Button activates a single game (spin), and counts down the number of remaining spins during Auto Play too. You can also use it as a Stop button to cut short the animations.
Using the Stop option does not alter the game's outcome in any way. The results of your spin are determined as soon as you click Spin.
Triggering the Bonus Round
The Free Spins bonus game is trigged whenever twelve Crown-on-Pillow tiles line up on reels 2, 3, and 4. You are awarded 8 free games.
It is possible to win more free spins while the bonus game is playing.
At the start of the bonus round you are prompted to choose one of the crowns. The game then reveals a randomly chosen symbol that will become a Super Stack for you.
The Wild symbol cannot substitute for your Free Spins bonus Super Stack symbol.
If the Super Stack symbol fills up all the slots on reels 2, 3, and 4 (12 tiles) the game awards a multiplier of 2X, 3X, or 5X. The prizes for any winning combinations using the Super Stack symbol on this spin will be multiplied.
Although The Empress Josephine may not be the most exciting or complicated game in the High 5 Games inventory it is still an interesting game to play. The Super Stack Free Spins bonus is a major value factor that heightens player interest in the game and anticipation.
The elegant artwork is a nice tribute to the imperial styles of the 19th century. And the game delivers a type of poetic justice in relegating Napoleon to a minor role despite his massive impact on European politics, law, and history. Josephine's legacy outlasted him and her admirers should not begrudge her a slot game.
All that said, if you just want to play a slot machine game that doesn't dwell on drama, this is a pretty good choice.