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Fei Cui Gong Zhu
The Far East beckons in Fei Cui Gong Zhu, a Japanese-themed slot by Playtech. The reels are filled with images associated with Japan and Japanese culture, such as Ming vases, ornate fans, Japanese lettering, temples, gardens, and a Japanese woman – perhaps a Princess, judging by her impressive headdress.
This slot ticks all the boxes when it comes to layering on the Oriental theme, with lilting music playing in the background, while there are also 4 progressive jackpots, which can be triggered randomly on any spin.
Fei Cui Gong Zhu features attractive graphics all related to Japan, including colourful Japanese lettering. The image in the background behind the reels appears to be the sea, which is an odd choice, while a misty green mountain range hovers above the reels.
Before beginning your Japanese odyssey, you need to choose your stake. There are 20 paylines in this slot machine and you can play as many or as few as you like for total control over the action. You can also alter your coin bet and bet per line to create a minimum overall bet per spin of £0.01 and a max bet per spin of £200.
There are various other options that can add to the ease of play, such as an autoplay option, which lets you select to play up to 99 spins automatically. There is also a useful ‘bet max’ button for placing the maximum bet quickly.
The Treasures of the Orient
The Orient might share its riches with you – payouts in Fei Cui Gong Zhu range from the mediocre to the grand. The highest-paying symbol in the game is the Japanese woman, who pays up to 10,000 coins for hitting 5 symbols. This icon is also the wild symbol, which means it can stand in for all the other symbols in the game, except the bonus and scatter, to create more potential wins.
The scatter is the red temple, which pays up to 500 coins for 5 symbols. This also has the potential to award free games along with a tasty multiplier, but more of that later…
Other symbols include the green dragon ornament, which pays up to 500 coins, the red fan, which pays up to 400 coins and the Ming vase, which pays up to 200 coins. The lowest paying symbols in the game are the coloured Japanese letters, which award from 50 to 150 coins for 5 symbola. Despite their low reward potential, we are sure these letters spell out some profound message to gaming fans!
Enter the Secret Garden
There is a spectacular bonus game in this slot, which is triggered by the pretty Japanese garden symbol. This game is called the Secret Garden Bonus, and if you are lucky enough to trigger the feature you will be transported to a traditional Japanese garden featuring a peaceful blue lake covered in pink waterlilies.
To play the bonus game, simply select 3, 4 or 5 waterlilies (depending on how many bonus symbols you revealed to trigger the round) out of the 6 floating serenely on the lake. Each waterlily awards a different cash prize, so pick carefully.
Free Games in the Temple
As mentioned earlier, one of the most important symbols in the game is the red temple. This icon has the power to grant 10 free games if you spin 3 or more of the imposing symbols. The free games are awarded straight away and you can get a triple multiplier on every payout. The best part of the free games round is that it can be re-triggered indefinitely, so there is potential for lots of free play in the Orient.
Another element of the game is the gamble feature, which is an option in many slot machines. This feature actually seems ill at ease with the theme of the game, considering the style is all about traditional Japanese culture, but we won’t complain when this gives you the chance to double up on your winnings.
Whenever you hit a win, you have the chance to gamble. Simply guess the colour of the next card in the pack and if you get it right, you win even money on your bet. Choose wrongly though and you lose your winnings from that spin. The win limit for this feature is £1,000 and you can stop the gamble at any point by clicking ‘collect’ to return to the main screen.
The part of the game most players will be waiting for is the Dragon Jackpot. This consists of 4 progressive jackpots, which any player has a chance of winning.
At the end of any spin, you could be whisked away to the Dragon Jackpot game to win one of the 4 progressive jackpots. Simply spin the wheel to collect 3 identical dragon symbols, which will reveal which jackpot you have won – from the lowest green jackpot to the highest gold jackpot.
Despite the egalitarian feel of this fire-breathing opportunity, the game rules admit that the higher your stake, the bigger your chances of triggering the jackpot game. So lower rollers might find they receive fewer rewards from the Orient.