Free China Mystery Slot
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An Asian Inspired Slot where Free Spins are Gold
The China Mystery slot machine takes you to the Far East where you’ll find a series of symbols all relating to the region. On the reels you’ll find a golden tortoise, an ancient vase and a Chinese lantern. The ‘mystery’ in the title might refer to the mysterious looking lady in black who frequents the reels as the wild. Look out for the ‘Action Stacked Symbols’ system, where one symbol is chosen at random to fill the reels.
The highlight of China Mystery is the free spins bonus round where you can land 15 spins on each win line. When you figure there are 30-win lines, this could lead to a mammoth 450 free spins!
The Base Game and Winning Symbols
This Konami designed 5-reel slot pays from left to right. Take away the wild and the scatter and you’ll find a total of 10 ‘standard’ symbols. The highest paying symbol of these is a Chinese inscription in gold on a red background. Hit this symbol five times in a row on a win line and you’ll win 1,000 coins – the only four-figure win in the game. The golden tortoise is the next highest paying symbol. Look closely and you’ll see the creature arching his head up to the sky, perhaps praying for a win. Five tortoises in a row pay 500 coins. The ancient blue vase has a top prize of 250 coins, which is matched by the pink coloured Chinese Lantern.
At the lower end of the pay table you’ll find six playing card symbols. These are all different in colour and range from 9 through to Ace, with a top win of 150 coins (for both the Ace and the King).
Action Stacked Symbols
Before every spin takes place the ‘Action Stacked Symbols’ kick in. Each reel contains a number of adjacent (or stacked) positions which will all be replaced by the same symbol. This random symbol can be any of the symbols above as well as the scatter. With these randomly assigned stacked symbols, you can find the same symbol dominating the reels. This can in turn lead to wins across many of the 30 win-lines.
The final symbol in the game is the wild, represented by the mysterious looking lady. This wild appears on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 and will substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the scatter.
Multiple Free Spin Opportunities
The feature available in China Mystery is a free spins bonus round. To activate this feature, you’ll need to land 3, 4 or 5 scatter symbols in a row on a win line. This will give you 8, 10 or 15 free spins respectively. This is possible at any time, but is most likely when the scatter (represented by a gold coin) is chosen as the random symbol of ‘Action Stacked Symbols’ system. The good news is that you can win up to 15 spins on EACH win line. The dream scenario could find you looking at 450 spins – this is a tough ask, but you will regularly find yourself looking at some large numbers.
Do you want some more good news? Every win you land during the feature is doubled! Even more good news? The feature can be retriggered during the free spins.
If you prefer to save time, you can take a random fixed amount cash win instead of the free spins. This isn’t the most exciting option, but it’s ideal if you’re short of time.
Mysteries of the Orient – China Mystery Design
China Mystery is framed by a deep, electric blue frame showing an ornate pattern above the reels. The small dark green title sits above the reels on a rail of gold, framed by golden dragons at either end. The reels, in contrast, have a pale green background, while the mix of symbols add a nice range of colour. The design is a little basic in comparison to many other more modern looking slots, although the animation with the female wild symbol is very effective. The basic soundtrack works, but isn’t representative of the Chinese theme.
Mystery or History?
Like many other designers, Konami have come up with another slot with the tried and trusted Far Eastern theme. While this clearly works, it can mean that many of the games are similar and this applies here. Nevertheless, there are parts of this game that stand out. The ‘Action Stacked Symbols’ system is the best aspect of the game, offering both large wins and the opportunity to land an incredible feature.