This Empress of the Jade Sword mobile slot is beautifully ornate, with wilds that spread across the reels and heroes fighting for their birthright, and their kingdom.
The story is one you’ve heard of before: an elderly emperor has to choose between his two daughters as to whom will inherit the kingdom and the legendary Jade sword.
He chooses Princess Yin the Younger, who is quickly overthrown and exiled by Princess Ming the Elder (the one in the skimpy outfit), teaching us once again never to trust our siblings.
You can’t deny that even though this Oriental Microgaming slot leans towards the cliches a little, it is beautifully crafted both in sounds and animations.
This Empress of the Jade Sword slot relies on two bonus features to keep you in this battle.
The first is the wild symbol, who will give you a single re-spin when it shows up, and if more show up, will give you more re-spins.
A little like in Samurai Ken slot, but you don’t get half as many wilds and re-spins – mostly because these wilds also turn the 3 middle range symbol wilds if they are touching.
Surprisingly, some of our biggest wins have been thanks to this slot feature, having won around 30x our bet on several occasions.
The flaws are in the two bonus games.
The click-me bonus is fairly generic – you click red guards and they give you cash prizes or collect symbols – just like in Mermaids Millions slot.
The second is the free spin bonus rounds – the three main characters (Ming, Yin, and her handsome bodyguard Wu) stand stacked three high, helping create wins over this 20 payline casino game.
Unfortunately not enough. This Microgaming game has a top win of about 500 times your bet, which isn’t huge.
That said, the bonus games come often enough, and those wilds keep you spinning, just long enough to live to fight another day.
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|Mobile Slot released||September 2017|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 20 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||4.79% / 95.21%|
|Min/Max bet||0.20 / 20|
|Free spins||8 to 20 Free Spins / Stacked High Symbols|
|Bonus rounds||Wilds, Re-spins, Spreading Wilds, Free Spins, Click Me Bonus, Stacked Symbols|
Wild Re-spins: The jade sword is the wild symbol and will replace all other symbols on this 5 reel slot machine to create a win. It will not replace the scatter or bonus symbol.
If you use a wild in a win, you'll then get a re-spin of the five reels with the that sticky wild staying on the screen.
Any mid-level symbol (the jade symbols) that land next to the wild will also, in turn, turn wild during the re-spin.
If more wilds are found, you then get another re-spin of the reels.
Pick Me Bonus: Get a red ninja bonus symbol on reels 1, 3 and 5 and you'll trigger a simple click me instant win slot game.
You'll pick from 12 ninjas to destroy, each destroyed successfully wins you cash if you don't, you collect and go back to the main reels.
Free Spins and Scatters: 3 or more red palace scatter symbols anywhere on the reels will trigger free spins.
3, 4 or 5 scatters will trigger 8, 12 or 20 free spins. The wild re-spins are active here, but more importantly, the three main characters now come stacked 3 high.
Gamble Feature: An optional double or nothing game, where after any win, you can gamble that win by guessing if the colour of the card is either red or black.
If you guess right, you double your original win, if you guess wrong you lose it all.
This Empress of the Jade Sword slot on mobile looks and sounds good, but it never quite manages to defeat the evil within its reels.
The evil being that those two main bonus feature rarely pay out much more than 10x to 20x your bet, leaving you feeling like Ming wins 9 times out of 10.
That said, those wilds and re-spins during the base game keep things going as you wait for the one moment that will bring this evil queen off her throne.
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Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: November 10, 2018 - Rating