Gong Xi Fa Cai
Gong Xi Fa Cai may be challenging to pronounce, but there is nothing overly challenging about the way that this 5-reel, 50-line slot is played. Designed and developed by IGT, it offers up four progressive jackpot prizes (although not really, since the amount you can win increases with your stakes), and a Chinese culture theme. Indeed, Gong Xi Fa Cai means Happy New Year, and literally translates “wishing you enlarge your wealth”. The slot will set you back anything from a hefty 75p per spin, up to £750 a pop if you wish to try your luck on this game.
Wild symbols in the Gong Xi Fa Cai slot appear as simple wild emblems. These golden symbols can substitute for all other save for scatters and represent the best standard paying symbols in the slot machine.
Scatter icons can appear on the first, third, and fifth reels and will trigger 8 free spins when they appear on all three at once. In the free spins bonus, those symbols turn golden and can offer you an additional 8 free games.
Multiplier features are also present in this game and can boost your wins by 2x, 3x, or 5x the normal rate of pay. Wilds cannot replace multipliers, and multipliers on appear on the first reel alongside other symbols.
Another bonus feature in this slot is the Dynamic Symbol Replacement feature, which can see symbols appearing on the second, third, fourth and fifth reels of the game transform into either the red, purple, blue or green animal icons.
Gong Xi Fa Cai is complex, and it does represent quite a challenge to get used to just how the multipliers and other features work. However, players will note that the rewards are ultimately worth it when they spin the reels of this slot. One could argue from some of the aspects of the design of this game that this is just the same as another other Far Eastern themed slot machine, but this avoids all of the stereotypical imagery which appears in such games, making it stand out.