Sooner or later someone had to bring one of the great Asian casino styled games out of a land based format and into the word of online casino gaming. If someone had asked me, I’d have wagered money on Aristocrat, seems I better stick to slot betting as it’s Bally who have arguably made the best attempt at bringing a big Asian casino theme to us for online play with the 88 Fortunes slot, which is available both free to play and in real cash mode.
The game tries to incorporate the common multiple pick progressive jackpots of a land casino game into an online mobile or desktop slot and, in fairness, doesn’t do a bad job of it. The ‘Fu Bat’ babies, seen often in Asian themed games from the SG interactive game designer stable, are in action here and represent the four jackpots on offer. These aren’t progressive in the traditional sense however they do change in value with your bet size.
Which brings us neatly to the betting on this slot, selecting your wager has more of an impact on potential game pay-outs than in other 5x3 slot games, where the higher your initial bet the more of the jackpots you open up in availability. A min bet of 0.08 to 0.88 credits across 5 levels opens up 1-5 of the jackpots, likewise the max bet range of 8-88 credits does the same, so it’s important to note your coin value, or gold symbol value as it’s known on this slot. You can quite easily find yourself betting a full 8 credits with no jackpot on offer when you could have had all 5 (Albeit at a smaller value) available to you at 0.88 credits.
Of course, if jackpot play isn’t your thing and you just love some Asian slot gaming action, with 243 ways to win and not being concerned with the bonus activation, you can just pick a bet and spin away. The overall bet range leaves options for most bankrolls and the RTP of 96% is far more generous than you would get on this type of slot machine in the bricks and mortar casino world. The game is well designed visually and the audio is in theme if nothing special, though I think I would be playing Aristocrats 50 Dragons or 50 Lions myself were it not for the jackpots on offer.
This is the best attempt I’ve seen to bring one of the massive far eastern styled casino slots to life at online casinos, at least from a visual perspective. With only a limited free spins round available outside the jackpot potential and, so much more competition in the online slots field where a player can change casino or game at the click of a button this might be a hard sell. I’m not sure it has everything it takes to succeed off the casino floor, but then, I’ve wagered wrong before and you can try it here for free and decide for yourselves!
88 Fortunes Slot Rating
3.95 / 5
based on 148 player ratings
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