Graphics - 97%
Gameplay - 71%
Bonuses - 90%
Value - 29%
Whats not so hot?
At one stage I thought Betsoft decided to roll out the deck chair and have an early December in September, luckily I was wrong. The developer of iGaming games released another gem titled: ‘Great 88’. It introduces a Bonus Wheel where you can win up to an incredible 6,000 times your bet. It’s an Asian-themed slots that’s laced with all things magical and Chinese!
The game focuses primarily on the number ‘8’ which is considered a very lucky number in Chinese culture. With the pronunciation of ‘Ba’ in Chinese; the number 8 sounds a lot like the word ‘Fa’. Eight signifies prosperity, success and high social standing-all the ingredients Chinese business men value. People associated with the number 8 also have strong foresight and intuition. The house edge of Great 88 is 5.7% which makes the return to player (RTP) 94.3%. Five wilds any place on the reels at the maximum bet per spin pays 44,440 coins.
What’s a Chinese-themed slots without mythical creatures? Luckily the game is teeming with them. Paying icons that appear on the reels are dragons, jade frogs, fireworks, golden coins, ingots, wilds and lucky boxes. You’ll notice that the game is flushed in red, the favorite color of the Chinese. The game features 30 paylines, 5 reels and a magical non-progressive jackpot of 1,000,000 credits that can be won on a single spin! Payouts during the base game are not too slummy but the Bonus Wheel feature is responsible for all the fireworks. Second in line is the free spins mode where up to 25 of them can be won-pay special attention to those jade coins!
”The world of GREAT 88 presents opportunities to win like never before! This gorgeous game captures the essence of a peaceful evening, brimming with exquisite Asian-inspired detail and a novel bonus system that will keep your players searching for luck and good fortune with every spin!”
The usual customization options such as audio, coin denomination settings and an Auto Play feature allows you to ‘tinker’ the game that suits your style of play. Before you play for real cash take it for a couple of spins in the ‘free mode’ first to get a feel for the payouts and how to trigger the various bonus modes. There are 5 bet levels (1 to 5) while the coin range starts with 0.02 up to 0.10. The smallest bet per spin is $0.60 and the max. bet is $15. If you’ve won a ‘Double Up’ feature allows you to double or quadruple your wins.
The scatter icon in Great 88 is the lucky boxes, the moment 3 or more of them pitch on the reels it triggers one of 5 bonus games. The only caveat is that the game chooses a feature for you. It can become a tad frustrating especially if you’re looking for those free spins, not that we’re complaining; then again it’s nice to be surprised.
This is the first feature, apart from the wild symbols they also offer the highest wins during the main game. The wild replaces the other symbols to form a winning combination.
When 1 to 3 bronze coins appear you can win 1x to 5x the amount you wagered, but the biggest cash prize that can be won here is 15x your stake. Well, all I can say this is my least favorite bonus mode of the lot. If it pops up instead of the free spins you’ll wish you had a basic understanding of Mandarin to express your disappointment.
Each box has a wild attached to it that explodes which can add 1 or 2 wilds to the reels-wins might be meh or great.
Jade Free Spins
Each box contains 1, 3 or 5 jade coins which awards you a certain amount of free spins. The free spins that can be won ranges from 3 to 25-the free spins mode cannot be re-triggered.
This bonus feature is by far the most lucrative of the lot since it incorporates a Bonus Wheel. Each box can contains a Golden Dumpling which gives you one spin. Up to 8 free spins can be won where the payouts range from 5x up to 20x your stake. The Mega Wheel is where all the action is, it offers only 3 results but they are good. Wins can be up to 100x, 750x or a whopping 6,000x your stake. It goes without saying that when you play the game shoot for the Bonus Wheel mode.
Betsoft really pulled out all the stops with Great 88 but I must warn you it’s a medium to high variance slots. Wins don’t come easy, it’s safe to say that payouts occur on every 5th or 7th spin. Playing the game is like lightning a firecracker and being dared by your mates to see how long you can let the fuse burn without the cracker exploding in your hand. If you don’t have high expectations when 3 boxes land you’ll be good as rain.