Software: Pragmatic Play
Free Spins: Yes
Wild symbol: Yes
Scatter symbol: Yes
Coin Values: 0.01 up to 0.50
Jackpot: 10,000 Coins
Pragmatic Play has delivered a beautifully looking slot based on a 16th century Chinese novel of the same name, Journey to the West. Story describes the pilgrimage of a Buddhist monk Xuanzang, travelling to Central Asia and India with a goal to obtain sacred Buddhist texts. He defies Emperor Taizong who puts a ban on the travel and is joined on his journey by several colourful characters.
One of them is Sun Wukong, a monkey born from stone who has mastered combat arts and is familiar with secrets of immortality. Another one is Zhu Bajie whose name translates to “Eight Precepts Pig”. Original the commander of Heaven’s naval forces, Zhu’s flirtations with the moon goddess gets him banished to the mortal realm. Another of Xuanzang’s travel companions is the river ogre Sha Wujing. Previously the celestial Curtain Lifting General, he shares the faith of Zhu the Pig as punishment for shattering Queen Mother’s crystal goblet.
Serene night scene is lit by lanterns swinging from the roof of an ancient temple, while gentle Asian music plays in the background. The powerful Sun Wukong is depicted as Monkey and presents your top paying symbol. Other characters from the original novel include the Emperor, Zhu the Pig and the unfortunate but dependable Ogre. Letters to be found in missing Buddhist scrolls take the role of the standard playing card icons. Green Wild coin will substitute for all except Scatter and deliver some hefty wins on its own.
Journey to the West is a 5-reel, 25-payline slot which will let you spin the reels starting from $0.25 and up to $125. You can choose to play with 1 to 10 coins per line, their value ranging from $0.01 to $0.5.
During the base game all symbols will appear stacked except for the Scatter. They pay from left to right on adjacent reels, starting with reel 1. When it comes to higher value icons, you’ll only need two of a kind to cash in. Others will deliver when you land 3 or more on a payline. Autoplay button will allow up to 1,000 rounds to be played automatically.
Green Free Spins button decorated by dragons is your Scatter symbol. Three or more of these will trigger free spins round which will give you 5 spins for free. First you’ll need to choose one of 5 options, each delivering different stacked symbol and a win Multiplier from 1 to 5. As you can imagine, the highest paying icon comes with the lowest value multiplier and vice versa.
Your choice will also result in a different reel set and a single stacked symbol. If while playing bonus round you once again land 3 or more Scatters, you’ll collect additional 3 free spins. There is no limits to how many times this can happen so you could potentially be spinning for free endlessly.
Journey to the West is a low to medium volatility game with a decent RTP of 96.47%. While playing the base game, your most valuable regular icon, the Monkey, can deliver 100x line bet. Jackpot of 10,000 coins can be won if you manage to land 5 stacked Wilds. Additional chance for significant payouts is offered by potentially lucrative Multipliers and permanently re-triggerable Free Spins.
We not only like the theme Pragmatic Play has chosen for their new slot but also the way they executed it. Game features all of the main characters portrayed in the original novel, with the exception of the monk himself. But perhaps player is supposed to take on that role, looking for wins rather than sacred Buddhist texts. And you’re likely to collect quite a few if not massive.
Entry is set at a very decent $0.25 which should make the game accessible to many and will not make you go broke quickly. On the other hand, it may not provide the big wins some gamers expect. Still, the 10,000-coin top prize is not bad at all and might be worth your time. You’ll also get to enjoy interesting bonus feature which let you choose your symbol & multiplier combination. It’s interesting to play around with and see which combo proves to be most profitable.