Wed, Jul 10, 9:40pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:12pm
You might think that Jade Tiger refers to a traditional ornament. The tigers you’ll find on the reels of these colourful Asian pokies are very much real. One stares out at you solemnly from the reels. You’ll want to see this big cat as often as possible in both the slot base game and free spins. Other symbols include a drum, golden ingot and a traditional baby holding a red envelope.
Jade Tiger pokies let you select how many win-lines to play. There are stacked wilds during the free spins bonus, which have the potential to cover all 5 reels. Within a regular free spins bonus, there is a ‘Lucky Feature’. Here is a summary of the highlights:
Polished jade jewels, with holes in the middle, work as the bonus symbols. As usual, you need a minimum of 3 in view to trigger the main feature. Additional bonus symbols won’t increase the default 10 free spins – though you will get bigger prizes for 4 or 5 before the bonus begins.
You’ll see the background of the reels change from green to yellow when the bonus starts. There is a counter for your remaining spins below. If you get 3+ bonus symbols at any point, you’ll add 5 more spins to your total.
During the free spins the game logo symbols are stacked on all the reels. These are wild symbols, and 3+ reels can trigger a lot of wins from a single spin. It is possible to get all 5 reels completely wild, triggering every win line for that spin.
If you get the middle 3 reels wild, you’ll trigger a second feature. This sees tiger symbols (which are also wilds) on reels 1 and 5 for a single spin. The middle 3 reels then fill with logo symbols, which turn into one of the other symbols at random. This is a great way of hitting a full screen at times. You’ll be hoping for one of the higher paying symbols.
Ainsworth have used their must-win progressive jackpot system with Jade Tiger. These prizes are paid at random – though there is a strategy element involved. There are two progressives, which you’ll see displayed above the reels. These are smaller amounts. One starts at $350 and must be won before it hits $400. The other starts at $30 – and must be won before hitting $50.
Expect to see more interest in this game as the jackpots get close to the must-win amounts.
You can play up to 50 win-lines over the regular 5×3 grid of this game. These can be adjusted, and multipliers can be added to your coins for bigger bets. With two types of wild in play – in the form of tigers and logo symbols – there are a lot of wins available. These are smaller to balance them being frequent, your biggest hits will come from the fully (or close to fully) wild reels.
Winning symbols other than the wilds include exotic, colourful birds, golden ingots, babies with red envelopes and complex traditional drums. Familiar playing card symbols complete the line-up.
It is the Asian tiger which stands out in the design of this Ainsworth pokie. This combines a wild streak with solemn beauty – and is framed in gold. The other symbols are detailed, without standing out in the crowded market for Asian themed games. The ducks and bright, with the jade bonus symbols spinning rapidly when they get involved in a win.
Other than the reels changing colour and noticeably more stacked symbols, the design of the bonus feature is the same as the main game. When you hit the lucky feature, the symbols all change at once to reveal a random symbol that can cover the middle 3 reels.
Many Ainsworth pokies sticky to the one free spins feature recipe. Jade Tiger adds a 2nd feature nested within the first – and some must-win progressives. It is smart and lively, though the design is not the main draw. That would be the wild reels and the reveal feature, which gives you the opportunity to cover all 5 reels with the same symbol. If you get a high-paying one, you’ll definitely consider Jade Tiger a roaring success!