Asian themed pokies are all the rage right now, with many of those slot games following a similar format – with symbols such as firecrackers, Chinese lanterns and koi carp. Ming Warrior from Ainsworth takes a very different approach with a focus on battle. The Ming Warrior himself is the standout symbol on the reels, as he wields his mighty sword, focussed on the war ahead. Also on the reels are the warrior’s horse, the sword in a display, a series of small blades, a flag and the gold coin scatter.
Ming Warrior is an action packed pokie, with a unique approach to the main feature. You get a random pick of how to play when this bonus is triggered. Here’s the highlight moments of this high variance pokie:
Look out for the silver coin which takes its place as the scatter symbol. The coin shows an Eastern inscription and pays 2x, 20x and 100x when appearing 3, 4 or 5 times on the reels respectively. You’ll also gain entry into one of the following two free spins bonus features.
Free Games Feature 1 – In this first free spins feature, the wild warrior symbol now appears on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 (as opposed to 2, 3 and 4 in the base game) and all wins are multiplied by 2.
Free Games Feature 2 – During this first free spins feature, the wild warrior symbol now appears on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 and all wins are multiplied by 8.
It’s already blatantly clear that you want to be entered into the second feature, where any win will be multiplied by six times more than the other feature. For example, if you land the top prize of five horses in a row in the first feature, you’ll win 2,000 coins after the multiplier is applied. Land the same five horses in the second feature and you’ll win 8,000 coins after the multiplier is applied.
When you begin either of the features, you’ll be awarded with an initial 10 free spins. Any time you land another two coins on the same spin, you’ll be awarded with an additional 5 free spins. Needing just 2 scatters to retrigger is to your advantage, as these will happen on a regular basis – so don’t be surprised if this feature lasts a lot longer than the initial 10 free spins.
This Ainsworth designed pokie features the popular 5×3 reel set up, with a total of 20 win-lines that pay from left to right. The highest paying horse symbol pays 1,000 coins for a standard 5 in a row win, easily the highest paying in the game. Three attached blades pay 3,000 coins, while the Ming Warrior’s sword in a display pays 2,000. A silver flag showing the image of a peacock is the final themed symbol and pays 150 coins for the maximum five.
The low end of the pay table features the usual playing cards 9, 10, J, Q, K and A.
The Ming Warrior himself acts as the wild symbol. During the base game he appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 and will substitute for any other symbol apart from the coin.
The overall design of Ming Warrior is in two distinct parts. The backdrop to the game features steps leading up to an ancient temple. There are large pillars featuring a pair of dragons on either side of the scene. This image is bathed in blue, giving it an eye-catching appeal.
The reels themselves show a battle scene in the background, with an army of Ming Warriors charging on horseback towards the enemy. This is a black and white scene with just a tinge of red, making for a very effective design. The range of warrior symbols add a nice splash of colour and bring the striking scenes behind to life.
Ming Warrior is an engaging and graphically impressive pokie from Ainsworth. With the historic backdrop and the battle scene on the reels, you’ll be drawn in from the start. The game play is engaging, especially when you land the feature and you won’t be sure which multiplier will be applied. Half the battle is landing the 8x multiplier – if you do, you’re almost assured of a big winning feature!