It’s always fun and exciting to play a new slots release especially if it’s from a major software developer like Microgaming. The modern slots of today is tailor made for the ‘smart gambler’-if you study the ‘Paytable’, set a budget for yourself and take extra advantage of the perks online casinos offer you, you can walk away a winner most of the time. The New Year is here and as it is our custom we decided to cover Microgaming’s newest release, Huangdi The Yellow Emperor. Finally a slots we thoroughly enjoyed and one that pays well!
Before I continue, the game is based on one of China’s prolific emperors who reigned from 2698–2598 BC. He’s credited as a cultural hero, a patron saint of Daoism and for his esoteric teachings. Let’s get back to the slots, after all you’re not here for a history lesson but to play the game.
For once the RTP (return to player percentage) of 96.4% is bang on and not just ‘bait’ to get players playing. Technically speaking you’ll lose 0.036 cents for every 1.00 you’ll wager. Bets can be placed from £0.25 up to £125 per spin making the game suitable to players with different budgets. The top cash prize at the maximum bet is 1,000 coins. Five Yellow Emperor symbols at the top bet pays you 200x your stake.
Free Spins Feature Reigns Supreme
During the main game winning symbols appear as stacked on the first reel (reel 1) expanding all matching symbols on the remainder of the reels. The wild completes a winning combination by substituting all the other symbols except the scatter. The symbol that offers the biggest cash win is ‘Huangdi’, 5 of them at the maximum wager pays you 250 coins while 5 scatter icons (Golden Dragons) pays you a neat 100x your stake.
Once again all the action is reserved for the free spins although base game wins are okay. Expect a few dry spins of say 3 to 5 in between wins during the main game. I played the slots at Energy Casino since it awards your ‘Energy Points’ every time you play. For every €10 you wager you’ll earn 2 Energy points.
Scatter wins are added to payline wins and multiplied by the total wager staked. For what it’s worth, Huangdi The Yellow Emperor is a typical high variance slots meaning you’ll have to burn some cash to get to the good stuff…the free spins.
The free spins feature is triggered by 3, 4 or 5 Golden Dragon scatter symbols awarding you 15 free spins with no multiplier wins. The best bit about the free spins is that it can be re-triggered (you can win an extra 15 free spins) when 3 or more scatters pitch, scatters pays and when the ‘Huangdi’ (wild) symbol appears stacked it boosts wins by a hefty margin.
Tips And Strategy
Looks like you can win an unlimited amount of free spins but it’s also important to set yourself a target win of at least 5x your bankroll, mine was £300. I played with £60, thing is I was pleasantly surprised by the wins offered during the free spins especially when the stacked wilds appeared.
Base Game Wins
- During the main game 2 or 5 scatters pays a cash prize starting with 1x up to 100x for 5.
- Expanded wild completes a winning combination of up to 5 of a kind.
It took me 80 spins to trigger the free spins feature at the lowest coin denomination of £0.25 per spin (80x£0.25=£20), I used the Auto Play feature since it spins the reels automatically for you. Note, this was at the lowest wager, obviously it will take more spins to trigger it at the highest bet (£125). I triggered the free spins feature twice in one session making it a total of 30 free spins and landed a couple of stacked wilds-I won 200x my stake which translated into a win of £40.
Let’s just do the math quickly, it cost me £20 to trigger the free spins with some minor wins apart from hitting 5 of a kind during the base game, after the free spins I was up by £20. I stopped playing the game since a profit of £20 (£80) is more than enough for a low roller like me. Concerning the base game I practically broke even. I cashed out the funds I’ve won through Neteller which was paid into my account within 2 hours.
In summary. I give Microgaming’s Huangdi The Yellow Emperor slots 5 stars and consider it the vendors best release the past year. Base game wins are good especially when the expanding wilds pop they really offer spectacular wins, I managed 5 of a kind!
To put matters into perspective the game really comes alive during the free spins. It’s a well-balanced slots that gives you something to shoot for and keeps the bankroll ticking over nicely. I look forward playing it again but this time round I’ll take it for a spin or three at CasinoLuck and NextCasino.