Released: May, 2018
Software: Red Tiger
Free Spins: Yes
Scatter Symbols: Yes
Oriental theme will never get old nor will it ever seize in popularity; at least not for as long as software developers continue to find different ways to keep it fresh and engaging for the players. Red Tiger has decided to approach the theme in a more traditional way, featuring the most notable symbols of good fortune and prosperity in Chinese folklore. The dominant colours are red and gold; as a universal association for luck and happiness, red carries a positive connotation in most cultures, although the symbolism of this colour is probably the strongest in Chinese tradition – it represents one of the 5 elements and plays a significant part in festivities and weddings, with most of the ornaments painted bright red and gifts placed inside red envelopes.
Special symbols and high value icons in Fortune Charm slot are true to the theme, starting from the Green Dragon, a mythical being often associated with power and strength, especially in oriental countries. In terms of value, The Fish, Gold Coin and the Heart Shaped icon with golden Chinese symbols are the next in line, followed by the card suits A, K, Q, J and 10 as the symbols that generate the most modest payouts.
Fortune Charms slot also introduces a special set of symbols: Red Phoenix Wild that can replace all other icons, Gilded Dragon Scatter which unlocks the bonus rounds and Chinese Charm boxes, each with a mysterious symbol that can potentially trigger Mega Rewards.
The stake amount is selected via – and + game commands to the far left, at the bottom of the game screen. Next to it, players will find Auto Play option, which can be adjusted to set in motion sessions of 10, 20, 50 or 100 continuous spins. Instead of simply waiting for the Auto spins to expire, players can either stop them manually at any moment or select the stopping point through the advanced settings tab, determining the amount or the event which will end the Auto mode. The stakes are distributed across 243 paylines, which pay left to right for symbol combinations that land on at least 3 of 5 connecting reels; combos from different paylines will be added to the total payout.
Free Spins will be triggered when Scatter icons land anywhere on the reels; when that happens, the player will spin the wheel to determine the exact number of bonus rounds. During the base game and the Free Spins mode, rotating Chinese Charm Boxes can appear on the reels, triggering Fortune Charms feature. The boxes will spin and then randomly stop at a certain symbol, potentially creating a high value combination or multiplying the winning amount by 5.
When the same Chinese Charm Box icons land on the reels after the Free Spins are activated, the boxes will remain on their reels and move across the reels, changing the position after every spin, up until the feature is completed.
The winning potential in Fortune Charm is spectacular, offering up to x2000 stake increase, on the betting range of $0.20 to $500. Thanks to the low start up amount and high upper limit, the slot is equally suitable for players who are on the budget as well as to high rollers who can afford wagering several hundred dollars on a single spin. With 96.15%, the slot is labeled as a medium variance slot, which makes it an optimal choice for those who are after a game with a high potential payout but without the level of risk that a high variance slot can carry.
Although the base game offers a quiet and somewhat monotonous gameplay (at least until the Chinese Charm Boxes appear), Free Spins is where Fortune Charms come to life – especially if you are fortunate enough to land the boxes in the early stage of the bonus rounds. The graphics alone are enough for any player to give Fortune Charm a chance, but once those Free rounds start rolling, you may rest assure that you will be spinning for some time.