Wed, Jul 31, 9:14pm by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Sat, Oct 5, 4:15am
China Shores is a Konami created pokie that is based around the life of a Panda. This monochrome bear plays a key role on the slot reels as the wild is always on hand to substitute for another symbol for additional wins. Check out the animation when you win with the wild and you’ll see this Panda has a crazy side. Joining the panda in the game are a series of Asian themed symbols such as the Yin and Yang, Chinese lanterns, golden tortoises and ornate pots.
On the reels of China Shore you’ll find a large series of adjacent positions on the reels allocated as the ‘Action Stacked Symbols’. Each of these positions will be filled by a randomly chosen symbol from the game for each spin – that one single symbol filling those positions on each of the five reels. The ‘Action Stacked Symbol’ can be any in the game apart from the wild.
With this format in place, you’ll regularly find spins where much of the reels are filled with the same symbol. Line up a series of stacked symbols and you could be looking at wins across many (or even all) of the 30 win-lines.
The Yin and Yang symbol acts as the bonus symbol. Land 2, 3, 4 or 5 in a row on a win line and you’ll win 2x, 5x, 20x and 100x your total stake. Those 3, 4 or 5 in a row wins also trigger 8, 10 or 15 free spins too.
Interestingly, the bonus symbol can be chosen as the Action Stacked Symbol. This can lead to many wins with the bonus symbol, with free spins being won each time. For example, if you were to line up 3 in a row wins across three lines, you’d be awarded 24 free spins instead of 8. The perfect spin will see the bonus symbol fill all five reels, giving you an incredible 450 free spins. During these free spins, all prizes are doubled.
However, before the free spins begin, you’ll have an interesting choice to make due to the ‘Balance of Fortune’ feature. A pair of scales appears, and you get to choose whether to simply play the spins, or if you want to take an instant cash prize instead. It’s a tough decision to make, as the immediate prize is randomly awarded between displayed lower and upper limits – you could get lucky and win much more than you would have won by taking the spins, but conversely, you could end up with a tiny prize.
China Shores is a five-reel pokie with a total of 30 win-lines. The panda acts as the wild symbol and appears on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5, substituting for all of the symbols apart from the scatter. A Chinese inscription on a red background is the highest paying symbol, worth 1,000 coins for the maximum five in a row. The golden tortoise, the purple pot and the Chinese lantern are joined by the playing card symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K and A in completing the pay table.
The backdrop to the reels shows dense bamboo shoots, giving the game a dark green look, while all that bamboo will also place a smile on the face of the panda. On the subject of the panda, check out the brilliant animation any time you win – psychedelic is a good word to describe it! Alongside the panda, the range of Asian themed symbols add style to the reels, as well as a nice splash of colour.
China Shores is an all-action game with some added intrigue. With Action Stacked Symbols in play, a mega win is always on the cards, especially when those stacks line up. With the bonus symbol action stacked too, you can win an incredible number of free spins too. However, you do have the option of foregoing the spins and taking an immediate cash prize. The spins or instant cash? The choice is yours!