Wed, Feb 27, 1:37am by Mia Chapman
Last Updated Thu, May 14, 3:07am
Fortune Gong is a series of Asian themed live casino pokies from IGT. The three theme options are Phoenix Rising, Guardians Treasure and Dragon Dynasty. On the reels are impressive golden symbols and designs. They include a phoenix rising from the fire, fiery dragons and a lot of golden statues and gold coins.
Housed on the Crystal Curve cabinet, this impressive looking gambling machine features the reels in the bottom half of the screen and the jackpots at the top. Each spin will see a prize appear above each reel. Some of these prizes are cash, while others offer jackpots or bonus rounds. Land a gong on that reel and you’ll instantly win that prize.
The main bonus round is the free spins feature. Activate this bonus and you’ll find it easy to retrigger. The most exciting part of the game is when you land a jackpot. Spin a ‘wheel of fortune’ style wheel to see which jackpot is yours.
Playing a pokie for free or in ‘fun’ mode offers a good way to get a feel for a game before delving into play for real money. Many of the IGT range that can be played online offer this option, though this is not available currently for Fortune Gong.
At just 50 credits a spin, you do get to play for the stakes you want to. Any spin for real money gives you a shot at landing one of those four progressive jackpots.
At first glance, Fortune Gong (whichever of the three themes you play) plays out like a normal pokie. You’ll win when landing three or more matching symbols from left to right. The highest paying symbol is the title symbol of the game. For example, in Phoenix Rising, the phoenix itself pays 2,500 coins when landing the maximum five in a row.
Wilds, which come in the form of gold coins are there to help you along at any time. These can be stacked on the reels. As a bonus, the wilds can nudge up or down to give your winning chances a boost. These wilds substitute for any other symbols in the game.
Fortune Gong features three different themes. While the range of symbols may change (while still maintaining the same stylish Asian designs), the game rules and pay tables remain the same. Find your own favourite theme and play that one.
At the start of every spin, you’ll see a prize appear above each reel. You’ll win this prize every time a gong appears on that reel. In many cases, this is simply a credit win. For example, if you land a gong with 2,000 above the reel, you’ll gain an instant win of $20 (if you are playing for 50c a spin).
As well as the instant cash wins, you’ll also find both ‘free spins’ and ‘jackpot’
prizes above the reels. Here’s how they work:
One of the symbols above the reels is ‘Free Games’ written in gold with a green background. To activate the feature, you’ll simply need to land a gong on that reel.
You’ll now enter the free spins feature starting with 10 free spins. Any time you land a win during this feature your payout will be doubled. In addition, you can also add additional free spins to your total. Any time the ‘Free Games’ symbol appears, and you land another gong, two more free spins are added to the existing total.
There are four progressive jackpots to be won in this game – Mini, Minor, Major and Grand. There two ways to enter the jackpot feature. The first follows the pattern of the rest of the game. Simply see the ‘Jackpot’ symbol appear above a reel and then land the gong on that reel.
The other way to enter the jackpot feature is by being awarded it completely at random. You’ll be more likely to enter the feature this way the higher the stakes you play.
This jackpot feature sees a large ‘wheel of fortune’ style wheel appear side on facing you, spinning downwards. Eventually, the wheel will stop spinning and the elaborate golden pointer will settle on one of the four jackpot prizes. If you’re lucky you’ll land on the ‘Grand’ jackpot, although all the other wins will give your balance a welcome boost.
It’s slightly easier to land the jackpot win during the free spins bonus feature. This is because ‘locked’ jackpot symbols above reels 2 and 4 in the base game, are unlocked during the free spins.
No, none of the three themes in the Fortune Gong series offers free gaming. As a live casino pokie, free play is rarely an option. Fortune Gong was part of a recent launch for IGT and have quickly become one of their most popular games on the casino floor. Like most IGT games, they will appear online in time – and offer games in demo mode.
First, you’ll either enter the jackpot feature at random or activate it when landing a gong on the reel with the ‘Jackpot’ symbol above it. You’ll now spin a wheel where you’ll be guaranteed one of the four progressive jackpots. Wherever it stops, you’ll win.
Yes, the gold coins act as the wild symbols, substituting for other symbols in the game, and leading to additional wins. These wilds can be stacked on the reels. As an extra boost, the wild coins can nudge up or down, sometimes ensuring that a whole reel is filled with wilds.
Fortune Gong follows the pattern of impressive and bold golden design that many such games exhibit. This game features more excitement than usual, as the standard reel wins are added to by those extra boosts atop the reels.
Yes, you’ll win 10 free spins when the ‘Free Games’ symbol appears above a reel where a gong lands. Each win during the free spins is doubled and extra pairs of spins can lengthen the feature.