The Empress Josephine Introduction
The extravagantly lavish Empress Josephine from expert games developer High 5, is a fantastic addition to the stable of Online Pokies 4U free pokies. This lavish game transports the player back to the nineteenth century and the heady days of the French Empire ruled over by the infamous Napoleon Bonaparte. It is set in the opulent surroundings of the Tuileries Palace in Paris.
Mirrors, chandeliers and gold filigree
The opening screen is a majestic portrait of the Empress resplendent in a pale blue dress, with hair falling down her shoulders and an ornate diamond tiara. Behind her is a huge crystal chandelier and a breathtaking ballroom with painted vaulted ceilings and gold embossed statues. The game screen itself is a magnificent gold leaf rococo frame and the attention to detail is followed through with each of the individual symbol surrounds.
This pokie is a five-reel game with an incredible 40 paylines. The accompanying soundtrack is quite muted, surprising considering the amount of detail in this game.
The man of destiny
The iconography is very detailed, the exquisite Emerald Crown belonging to the Empress is the scatter symbol. It also triggers the bonus game when nine appear across reels two, three and four. The wild is simply the name of the game in intricate lettering, winning 500 free games. In descending order, the symbols are a portrait of the sultry Queen whose maximum bonus is 50 games.
Then there is an extremely flattering portrait of her husband the Emperor, who was not known for his looks. When five appear the player is awarded 20 bonus games. Next, there is The Fountain of Neptune, created by Louis XIV for Versailles, a 20 game bonus. The last two picture icons are a lovely bright blue jewellery box and a sumptuous silver and gold tea set, these lead to 10 free games when five appear.
The playing card symbols Ace, King, Queen and Jack are simply their letters, elegant and effective and pay out five free games. When multiples of the pictures appear, this commences an animation of large sparkling gems popping up all over the screen.
Who dares create an Empire?
As with so many pokies these days, Empress Josephine can be played in two modes Fun and Live. Fun mode gives the player a virtual credit of $1,000 and from then on gameplay is the same as when real money is wagered. It is an ideal way to learn the game risk-free and be submerged in the superb graphics. There are an enormous number of choices for bets varying between $0.02 to $2.00.
There is also an autoplay button where gamers can set the number of spins from 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25. Fun mode lasts for as long as the player wishes and the pot filled up again by refreshing the page. A final lovely feature is that there is no need to download Empress Josephine, it can be played fully in a browser on either a laptop or tablet.