There are two different pokies based on the same concept, this review covers Fu Yang, which features a giant golden ram. The other one is Hu Wang, which you’ll find in a separate review. That one swaps the ram for a huge Asian tiger. There are many familiar Asian pokie symbols involved in both games. These include frogs, lotus flowers and turtles. You’ll find a red background and plenty of gold too.
There are some different aspects of the game-play that make sure Fu Yang stands out from the many Asian themed pokies around these days. This include special engraved jade symbols, and a free spins bonus where you get multiplier wilds and prizes for blocks of symbols. Here are the highlights:
Many similar slots have jackpot games which start at random – often after filling a pot with gold. Fu Yang goes down a different route, adding special engraved jade symbols to the reels. These symbols replace regular ones on reels 2, 3 and 4. You will see whatever symbol they replaced in miniature on the bottom right. If that symbol is involved in a win it will grow, at least for long enough for your wins to be counted!
You need 3 of these jade symbols to trigger the jackpot picks game. Above the reels are rows of vivid golden lotus flowers. You simply pick these, revealing a creature (bird, turtle and so on). Each creature is associated with one of 4 progressive jackpots. You simply keep picking until you match 3, at which point a progressive is awarded and the game ends.
Fu Yang also features a free spins bonus game. Here the bonus symbols show the golden ram from the top part of the cabinet. You need 3 of them on reels 1, 3 and 5 to trigger the free spins bonus games.
The reels then go dark, and a traditional tune begins to play. Symbols are stacked for regular play, though for the free spins they become ‘super staked’, often covering multiple reels with the same symbol. You’ll receive special awards for 3 or more consecutive reels of the same symbol, even if they do not start on the left-hand side.
Another boost during this free spins bonus comes via wilds. In the base game these symbols simply substitute for regular ones to help create wins. In the free spins bonus they come with a 2x win multiplier too.
While the game-play is exotic, the setup is regular – with a 5×3 set of reels and 40 win-lines. You can bet from 40c per spin up to $2 (outside of high-limit rooms).
Wild symbols, which show a purple and gold design, are stacked. They will often connect multiple wins. The highest paying symbols show a brightly coloured lantern with a red ‘tail’ underneath. You will also find firecrackers and bright pink flowers. Smaller wins come via the regular playing card symbols.
Having a choice of design with similar game-play is nothing new – though many pokie studios do give separate names to the games in these cases. For Fu Yang you get the choice of an imposing looking solid gold ram, or enjoy a fierce Asian tiger with Hu Wang. Each comes with its own set of winning symbols; tough the prizes follow a similar structure.
Like generations of Asian pokies, the background is a rich red, with a lot of golden features on the reels. You’ll see the main progressive jackpots at the top of the cabinet.
For me the best graphics come when you trigger the jackpot picks game. The screen full of golden lotus flowers looks imposing. When you start to reveal the detailed traditional creatures, and get close to a big win, the design gets even better.
If you are looking for a change-up from the popular Asian pokies like 88 Fortunes, then Fu Yang makes a solid choice. This is not too far from the mainstream Asian style games, though has enough going on to make the game-play interesting. I like the way jackpot symbols do not block your regular wins from the reels. With the free spins bonus, you have extra ways to win. This can be via the block wins for 3+ reels of the same symbol, or via the wilds with multipliers.