Play’n GO have created a very good looking mobile Chinese New Year slot. It’s a real fire cracker, with something a little different to offer.
Play’n GO slot games can be very hit and miss. For every brilliant Wild Blood there’s a god awful Fruit Bonanza. Chinese New Year mobile slot, thank-fully, is one of the ones where they’ve clearly sat down and thought carefully about.
The graphics are lovely and hand drawn images of each of the animals representing a new year in China, including the wild tiger, the click me bonus red dragon and the brash free spin monkey. With a different background colour for each, they make it easy to spot a winning payline in this 15 lines, 5 reels video slot.
When we first started playing we thought this was going to be another low variance slot machine. You know, entertaining, small wins… that kind of thing. But then as we played we noticed that we had to re-think our budget. The bonus games did not hit as often as we’d thought (a good 100 to 200 spins at least) and not always with great results. The wins that came were frequent but rarely over our overall spin bet.
So what? Chinese New Year slot machine is just a waste of time?
Chinese New Year slot for mobile hides a few big wins under it’s sleeve. And no, we’re not talking about the click me bonus that advertises ‘150x your bet!’ front and centre. We’ve hit that feature a few times and 99% of the time expect about 20x your bet.
Nope, the free spins is where it’s at. Much like the Novomatic slot Book of Ra, you get one extra scatter symbol, which when you get three or more across the reels, expand to cover the whole reel. You can end up with a whole 5 reels of the same symbol.
Get the right amount of free spins and the right symbol and the wins here can be as high as 600x your bet. Mostly we are happy when we get about 100x our bet on this little interesting mechanics.
Something a little new and unusual from Play’n GO. Just keep an eye on your budget so you get a chance to hit the free spins a couple of times.
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|Mobile Slot released||April 2014 (on mobile)|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 15 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||3.35% / 96.65%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 0.25|
|Min/Max bet||0.15 / 18.75|
|Free spins||Various, usually around 15 / Extra Scatter symbols|
|Bonus rounds||Wilds, Scatters, Free Spins & Gamble feature|
Wild Symbols: The Tiger is the wild symbol, looking magnificent and bringing you hope for five in a row and 5,000 x your line bet win. Usually just a helpful symbol during the base game to keep things interesting.
Pick Me Bonus: Three red dragons on reels 3, 4 and 5 (the only reels it shows up on) will trigger the bonus game. Here you'll pick which fireworks to let off in the sky and for each you pick you win a prize. The maximum you can win on this is 150x your total bet.
Scatters & Free Spins: The monkey symbol only shows up on reels 1, 2 and 3, which is where you'll need them to trigger the free spins. Here the monkey will spin a wheel choosing any of the symbols as an extra scatter symbol on the reel. He'll then reveal how many free spins you've won.
Usually, the higher the symbol value, the lower the amount of free spins you get. This is because everytime you get three of the extra scatter symbol anywhere on the reels, these expand to cover those reels. Giving you multiplie 3 of a kind and 4 of a kind win on the 15 paylines.
Not always easy to hit and not always satisfying, but every once in a while, it will get your heart truly racing.
What a great way to spend New Year. Beautifully hand drawn characters, hard hitting features and some decent wins bring Chinese New Year mobile slot up at the top of our Play'n GO slots to play.
A little more certainty of good results on the free spins would have made this little gem truly something remarkable.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 28, 2020 - Rating