China Mystery is a pokie set in the heart of Asia. The central character in the slot game is the stern looking female character, who is dressed all in black. She acts as the wild symbol and when you win you will see her spin around dramatically, while dragons circle her. This adds an air of magic to the game. She is joined on the reels by gold coins, traditional Chinese lanterns, golden tortoises and ancient vases.
This Konami designed pokie offers up an intriguing bonus feature and is set up for regular wins in the base game. You’ll be able to win a huge number of free spins. Here are the highlights of this medium to high variance pokie:
During each and every spin you’ll find Action Stacked Symbols in play. The reels have a large number of adjacent positions reserved for these Action Stacks, which will then be filled by a random symbol from the game (any symbol apart from the wild).
This format is used on many Konami pokie titles. It leads to spins where there will be one dominant symbol on the reels, leading to more chance of landing those big multi-win line prizes. The perfect spin will see all five reels filled with the same matching symbol, paying out for a 5 in a row win on all 30 win-lines.
To enter into the free spins bonus feature you’ll need to land at least 3 gold coin symbols in a row on a win-line. 3 in a row awards 8 free spins, 4 in a row awards 10 free spins, while the maximum 5 in a row is worth 15 free spins.
It is possible that the coin bonus symbol is picked as the Action Stacked Symbol, meaning it could fill much of the reels. This could lead to a scenario where you activate the free spins more than once. If you were to land a 3 in a row win across 3 win-lines, you’d be awarded the 8 spins 3 times, making for a total of 24 free spins. If you were lucky enough to fill all five reels with the gold coins, you’d be awarded an incredible 450 free spins.
However, before the free spins start, you’ll have a decision to make due to the ‘Balance of Fortune’ option. A pair of scales will appear, with a random cash amount on the left (with upper and lower limits) and the free spins on the right.
Choose the cash prize, and you’ll have an immediate win, or simply embark on the spins. This is an interesting option. If you take the cash, you’ll have a nervous few moments as you wait for the big reveal of what you’ve won, while taking the free spins will see any win you achieve doubled.
China Mystery is a five-reel pokie featuring 30 win-lines that pay from left to right. The mysterious lady in black acts as the wild symbol and appears on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5, substituting for every other symbol apart from the gold coin scatter. The highest paying symbol is a red and green banner with Chinese inscription, which pays 1,000 coins for the maximum five in a row. The other themed symbols including the gold tortoise and the Chinese lantern are joined by the playing card symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K and A.
The reels of China Mystery are framed with gold with a pair of dragons staring at each other through the title of the slot. Blue and green patterns above and below the reels add to the slightly strange feel of the game. There is little doubt that the standout symbol is the mystery lady in black, especially when you win and the swirling animation kicks in. Land a big win and check out the melody that plays along.
Konami has come up with an involving and enigmatic pokie in China Mystery. The base game has an extra level of excitement thanks to the Action Stacked Symbols. It is landing the feature that is the real highlight. Do you now take the free spins, or opt for the immediate cash win due to the ‘Balance of Fortune’ choice?