Sun, Dec 30, 2:04am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:30pm
Choose Your Multipliers in the Free Spins Bonus Game
There are now two versions of Fortune King. The newer one has updated graphics, and an extended set of reels during the free spins bonus. I have focused on this one (called Fortune King Gold) here – and will mention the original along the way.
The king in question is an Asian emperor, complete with drooping moustache. He will laugh when involved in a win as a wild – and randomly adds multipliers to your prize. The other symbols are standard for Asian slots. Think lilies, golden ingots and red envelopes.
Great Reasons to Spin on the Fortune King
There are several game-play elements which make this pokie stand out from the regular Asian themed Aristocrat games:
Golden ingots trigger the free spins bonus. Usually, bonus symbols can be anywhere on the reels. In this pokie, you need to get at least 3 on consecutive reels from the left. You’ll also get cash prize before the spins even begin.
You are taken to a serene pond, with an arch beyond and fish jumping out of the water. Over this are 6 coloured circles. These have combinations of free spins and multipliers. Here are your options.
If you can’t decide what combination of spins / multipliers to go for, then there is another option. You can hit the ‘Mystery Choice’ circle, which randomises the number of spins and multiplier. The best outcome possible is 25 spins with the top 40x multiplier!
When the spins start, you will notice that the grid of reels is bigger. Instead of the regular 5×3 grid, you now have a 3-4-4-4-3 setup. This gives you even more winning possibilities to go alongside your win multipliers.
Note that in the original Fortune King, the reels do not extend – though you do have a choice of spin / multiplier combinations.
You can’t miss the wilds. These show the king, complete with traditional Asian costume and drooping moustache. They are a little bigger than the other winning symbols. This king will connect wins with other symbols, though not the gold ingot bonus symbols.
When you get a win with a wild, you have a shot at getting your prize multiplied. The king will laugh, and you will see a mini scroll above and to the right of the reels open. This reveals multipliers of between 2x and 5x, which is applied to the wins that include wilds.
There are 50 win-lines crossing the 5×3 grid during the base game. As usual with Aristocrat pokies, bets start at just 1c per line.
An ornate head of a golden Asian dragon has the top line prize. This is 1000 coins – an ideal time to get that big win multiplier. This is followed by a gold coin, green carp, lily and red envelopes with coins coming out.
Playing card symbols make up the smaller wins.
You can’t win with the king alone, as this wild only appears on reels 2, 3 and 4.
Design-wise, things have improved a lot between the original Fortune King pokie and the ‘Gold’ version. The reels are framed in gold, with golden lilies above them – and a background involving yet more gold in the form of giant ingots.
On the reels the dragon head symbols stand out. These are ornate, with the dragon having the characteristic long snout of Asian beasts. I also like the king symbols. The laugh (though a computer animation) seems to come right from his belly.
I recommend the ‘Gold’ version of Fortune King. The updated graphics, smoother game-play and extended reels in the bonus games make this version a lot more enjoyable. When you do trigger the spins, you have a big strategy decision to make. Do you go for the big multipliers, or more spins? The mystery option is a great solution if you just can’t decide.