Tue, Sep 24, 3:43am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Wed, Oct 9, 4:59am
In some ways, Fu Chi is a generic RealTime Gaming pokie with a colorful Asian theme. The opening sequence when you load it gives you a glimpse of the smart design. This shows a glowing trail of fire, which has symbols appearing in its wake as it slowly snakes around the reels. Sharp, clean lines and a mellow background drumming sound gives Fu Chi a distinctive look and feel. The reels are set as if on the wall of a grand red pagoda.
Wild symbols which double your wins and a free spins bonus game with further 3x multiplier are standard issues for RTG pokies. There are some differences, for example on this game wilds will substitute for scatter symbols. There is also a random progressive jackpot prize. Here are the red and gold highlights:
Wild symbols show an ornate white picture on a red background. There is an attractive animation of a dog running whenever these get involved in a win. That win will be doubled compared to the paytable when one or more wild symbols are involved.
Unusually, these wilds also replace the scatter symbols – which show green Chinese writing in a red circle of further characters. With up to 200x your bet for 5 scatters (with a dog), the wilds substituting for them is worth noting.
Wild dog symbols also contribute to triggering the free spins bonus games. Note that you will get more free spins if you get 3+ scatters without a wild being involved.
You get 15, 20 or 30 free spins with 3, 4 or 5 scatters. As a boost, triggering the free spins bonus without a wild double your initial spins. If you get 5 with no dog, you win 60 free spins. These can be retriggered with 3+ during play.
The main difference for the free spins is that your wins are tripled. Dog wilds will still double wins, effectively giving you 6x during this feature. Instead of the dark scene around the reels, you will see a daytime sky with impressive statues of Asian dragons beside the reels.
Many RTG pokies feature random progressive jackpots, and Fu Chi has two of them. You will see these in the same place to the left of the reels. They flash between the major and minor prize. These prizes are not linked to the game. Instead, they can drop at random after any spin and at any bet level.
With 50 win-lines crossing a smaller 5×3 grid of the reels, there are plenty of chances to make the most of the running dog wilds. You can lower the number of win-lines if you want. There is an option to choose from 3 speeds at the bottom left of the reels.
As well as substituting, dog symbols have the biggest prize. You’ll get 10,000 coins for lining up 5 of these on a win-line, with 5,000 coins for just 4. The other symbols are grouped, with 2 or 3 sharing the same prize. A lantern and golden flower are worth 1000 coins max. Firecrackers, a money bag, and an orange are worth 500 coins. The remaining symbols show Chinese writing in different colors on a red background.
Fu Chi has some excellent small touches. When you win there are fireworks exploding behind the reels. Many of the higher paying symbols are animated, giving this game a lively feel. While the base game shows a dark scene with smart red pagoda, this is shown in amazing detail when the free spins hit. Here night turns to day, revealing the scene and details like the stone dragons.
For the most part, the gameplay of Fu Chi has been used before on countless RealTime Gaming pokies. That gameplay is solid and enjoyable. It is supported by an excellent Asian themed design, which has some excellent animations and scenes. The dog wild plays a central role. This substitutes for the scatter symbols as well as regular ones. You’ll trigger the free spins more often than usual and enjoy that 3x multiplier on top of the 2x you already get for wins with wild symbols.