Chinese Themed Year Of Fortune Slot Game
The good luck symbols of Chinese culture are a popular theme for online and mobile video slot games, and the Real Time Gaming title Year Of Fortune is based on the jade, silver and gold tokens of fortune that can be found in this ancient civilisation. The number 8, one of the most auspicious in Chinese numerology, features prominently in the symbols as well as the prize amounts.
The Year Of Fortune of the title is the Chinese Year of the Ox, a time of great good luck that recurs every twelve years. Year Of Fortune plays on five reels with 25 paylines, the bright hues and detailed artwork of the symbols standing out prominently against the plain black reels, with a night garden lit by paper lanterns in the background. Players can bet in several increments between 25 and 1,250 credits per line, so the minimum bet covering all 25 paylines is 625 credits per spin.
All Symbols Are Theme-Related
With so many colourful Chinese symbols of good luck to choose from, RTG’s designers did not need any poker card values among the symbols. Instead, the lowest level of icons is occupied by three different versions of the lucky numeral 8: in jade, silver and gold. Identical unbroken matches of three, four or five or a kind on the same payline, starting at Reel 1, win 8, 18 or 88 credits for each of these numerals. The string of firecrackers and the lucky gold coin also win identical prizes for three, four or five matches: 8, 28 or 188 credits.
The paper lantern wins 8, 88 or 188 credits for the same matches, and the jade lion wins 8, 88 or 288 credits. The festival dragon costume and the ornate Chinese temple each start paying prizes for two matches or better. The dragon can win 2, 18, 188 or 888 credits, and the temple wins 8, 88, 288 or 8,888. If a Wild helps complete any of these ordinary combinations in base play, the prize is doubled.
Golden Ox and God of Fortune Icons
Like most RTG titles, Year Of Fortune has a progressive jackpot, which is never less than 8,888 credits. This is not triggered at random like so many other RTG jackpots, however; the player requires five God of Fortune icons on one payline to win the jackpot. For two, three or four matches, this symbol pays 18, 888, or 8,888 credits.
A Golden Ox, symbol of the Year Of Fortune, is the title’s Wild icon, able to substitute for any symbols except the Scatter and the God of Wealth symbol. It occurs only on Reels 2, 3, and 4, so it cannot make winning combos of its own, but the game enhances the Wild’s value by allowing it to boost prizes when involved in wins.
Wilds Pay Well in Free Spins Round
The Year Of Fortune Scatter is the game logo. For three or more Scatters in any position, the player is awarded the bonus feature. Four Scatters also add an instant prize of 18X the total spin bet, and five Scatters will increase this multiplier to 88X.
The bonus round consists of 8 free spins, with 88 paylines active. During the bonus round, two Scatters pay an additional prize of 1X the total bet, and one or more Wilds forming part of a combo by substituting will also increase the win. For example, the prize for five temples, 8,888 credits, is boosted to 71,104 credits if the winning payline features three Wilds during a free spin.