|Game Type:||Progressive slot|
|Whats hot:||Whats not so hot:|
|Chinese themed slots with loads of lucky symbols||Takes a few money spins to trigger a bonus feature|
|Contains 4 progressive jackpots (Mini, Minor, Major and Grand)|
|Re-triggerable free spins feature|
|Medium to high variance|
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88 Fortunes is a 243 ways to win, 5 reel progressive video slot from Bally Technologies. It’s a Chinese themed game with a Fu-Bat jackpot where players must match 3 Baby symbols in order to win 1 of 4 progressive jackpots.
The word ‘Fu‘ means good fortune in Chinese. Then there’s a re-triggerable free spins feature that awards 10 free spins, during the feature low value symbols are replaced by high value ones offering increased payouts. The slots can be played from 88 pence per spin up to £88 on mobile phones and PC desktops. Another interesting aspect about 88 Fortunes is that the number ‘8’ is associated with luck in Chinese culture. So, if you’re feeling lucky this is the game to play!
The background of the slots is encased in red (Chinese lucky colour) while symbols on the reels are golden gongs, cards from 9 to Ace (low value symbols), golden turtles, golden ships and golden eagles. The latter symbol is the most rewarding one, 5 of them across a payline at the maximum wager pays 1,000 coins. The RTP or average return to player percentage of 88 Fortunes is 95.8%, it’s a medium to high variance slots that pays on every 5 to 7 spins.
Before you start spinning the reels have a look at the game’s Paytable (i), it tells you which symbols offer the highest payouts, different coin levels and it displays the various winning combinations. Set a bankroll aside and stick to it, if you had a good payout cash out your original bankroll and play with the rest.
The Fu-Bat feature is played when one or more Fu-Bat symbols appear (regardless of position on the reels), if 12 lucky coins pitch – click on them in order to reveal 3 matching Baby icons. Each of them (baby symbols) represents a jackpot starting with Mini, Minor, Major and the Grand Jackpot.
The free spins feature is played when 3 or more Gong scatters appear, initially 10 free spins will be awarded. Should another 3 or more scatters appear whilst the free spins feature is active another 10 free spins will be awarded, essentially an unlimited amount of free spins can be won making it a very exciting bonus game! Another positive about the free spins is that low value card symbols (9 to Ace) are replaced by high value symbols.
When it comes to gambling the Chinese are a very superstitious bunch. Chinese players will never enter a casino without their lucky charm, the colour red (preferably a red underpants) and they also invoke the spirits of their ancestors to guarantee them luck.
Concerning 88 Fortunes, it’s got all the ingredients that epitomizes Chinese culture and mainly focuses on one thing – the element of ‘LUCK’. It’s flushed with the colour red, all the symbols are gold and even the name of the slots is ’88’ considered to be a very lucky number.
There’s an interesting game mechanic known as the ‘All UP’ game engine, it allows players to purchase gold symbols which increases the odds of a payout. It takes around 120 plus spins to trigger the free spins feature which can be quite rewarding because an unlimited amount can be won. Last but certainly not least it’s fitted with 4 progressive jackpots making it all the more exciting.