Fri, May 24, 10:02pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:23pm
A beautifully detailed Asian tiger stares out from the top section of the Hu Wang pokie. This Asian style game also has tiger symbols on the reels. One shows a green tiger’s eye, and the other one a full face. This stunning pokie has a similar setup and shares some game-play with Fu Yang from Bally. That one features an imposing golden ram instead of a tiger.
There are progressive jackpots to be won. Special jade symbols, which attach to regular symbols at random are key to unlocking these. The main feature has a lot of potential. New wild symbols show multiplier of up to 5x on your wins during a series of 8 free spins. Here are the reasons I believe Hu Wang will be a roaring success:
A smaller version of the tiger face you will see on top of the cabinet will trigger the main bonus game. You get 8 free spins and need to touch the screen to get them started. While there are wilds (tiger eyes) in the base game, things improve with special wilds appearing on the middle 3 reels.
These can say 2x or 5x (on reel 4). They not only substitute for any other symbol to create more wins, they multiply the entire win by the amount shown.
Best of all, these multiplier wilds work together. This means 2 of the 2x wilds will boost any win they are both part of by 4x. If you are lucky enough to get 2x, 2x and 5x in a row, your winning potential shoots up. Here your win is multiplied by 20x if all 3 wilds are on the winning line.
As you’ll see from the display at the top of the cabinet, some of the jackpots on Hu Wang are large. You can win these via a picks game, which is shared with the similar Fu Yang pokie.
To trigger this, you need 3 ornate carved jade symbols on the middle 3 reels. These have smaller versions of regular symbols attached (on the bottom right). That means these jackpot symbols will not ‘block’ regular wins – a common frustration among pokie players.
When you get all 3 you go to a screen showing rows of golden lotus flowers. You now pick these until 3 of the icons (dragon, turtle, bird or tiger) match. The corresponding jackpot is then awarded.
Beneath the intensive stare of the Asian tiger, you’ll find a 5×3 set of reels. These have 30 win-lines crossing from left to right. Your bets are in 30c increments.
Winning symbols are led by traditional Asian pokie tropes. There is a golden frog, which appears to be sat on a golden lily pad. You will also find pink lotus flowers, a koi carp and the bright green tiger eye (which is wild). Playing card symbols get over-used in many pokies, Hu Wang is no exception.
That tiger over the reels is impressive, though it does dominate the scene a little. His intense stare, along with pink tongue sticking out shows a lot of attention to detail. Above the tiger you can see the jackpot amounts, with the pay table for regular symbols covering each side of the cabinet.
On the reels the symbols are detailed, and the winning animations professional. Wins have glowing streaks through them. The golden lotus flowers for the jackpot picks game are certainly eye catching. My guess is that you are more focused on which progressive you’ll win at this point – so you might well miss the design!
When the free spins kick in, traditional Asian music plays. Otherwise Hu Wang uses generic electronic sound effects.
As Asian slots go, there is a lot to like about this game. The graphics and animations are next level when compared to older games. That tiger has a wild and unnerving edge to it and never quite stops being impressive. Action is focused on the bonus games. Jade icons can trigger a jackpot picks game with potential for a grand progressive win. The free spins bonus is excellent. If you are lucky enough to get 3 of the multipliers involved on the same spin, it could well be time for a coin-show!