There is no shortage of Chinese-themed games around these days, with the likes of Lucky 88, Emperor’s Garden and Tiger Moon all making an impact in the online slots world.
88 Fortunes has met some stiff competition, but Scientific Games, through developer Bally Technologies, has developed a high paying Chinese-themed slot that has more than held its own.
There is nothing dramatically innovative about the layout here. 88 Fortunes features 3 rows and 5 reels and will have a familiar feel for regular slots players, but the 243 pay lines make it one of the more user-friendly slots out there, and the RTP of 96% is competitive.
With so much competition out there, graphics and presentation are important and 88 Fortunes doesn’t disappoint. The layout is pleasant to look at and the design, with its rich mixture of reds and golds, helps to convey an appropriately luxurious atmosphere. The reel icons include some delightfully realised symbols: gold coins, junks, and statuettes, while the golden Fu Bat, which is the Chinese symbol for fortune, represents the Wild.
With coin values ranging from $0.01 up to $1.00, there is a big enough range of options to suit most players, from small stakes slot fans to big payers, and there is a maximum bet of $88 per spin, selected if you choose to activate all of the five gold symbols on the left-hand side of the screen. Although there is lots going on in this game, it is fairly straightforward to play and isn’t difficult to get into, even for slots beginners.
The Fu Bat Wild symbol can substitute for any symbols to create a winning payline, though it only appears on the middle reels.
But this game’s main selling point is the use of multiple progressive jackpots. These are accessed based on how many gold symbols you unlock. There are four jackpots available. These are Mini, Minor, Major, and Grand. To land the jackpot, you must choose from twelve coins on a grid, and if you can line up three, you will win the relevant progressive.
It is also worth looking out for the Gong Scatters. If you can bring up three, four or five of these on the reels, you will launch a bonus game that gives you ten free spins. In the bonus game, you won’t see the low paying icons, only the high paying symbols, producing bigger payouts.
It isn’t easy to come up with something new when you’re using a well-tried theme such as Chinese gold, but 88 Fortunes is a good example of a user-friendly and innovative spin on a traditional setting. The 96% RTP and 243 paylines along with the attractive design are plus points, but this game’s real winning element comes with the four progressive jackpots, each of which can lead to some big prizes. Overall, this is an entertaining, high volatility game that should appeal to a wide range of players.