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Are you ready to dial down those stress levels my Wombat friends? Then, let’s dip our furry toes into a Far Eastern escapade in the sumptuous Imperial Riches slot.
NetEnt will be whisking us away to a slice of paradise in China where greedy fish could make you some wins. What am I on about? Fish, lanterns, and spins that’s what! NetEnt have some cracking games from the east under their belt (have a go on the Twin Happiness slot if you don’t believe me). Let’s take a look, shall we?
NetEnt has created a big jackpot game as well as a pair of other bonus extras. Are you feeling Zen? Then let’s begin!
Look and Feel
Beneath the reels is a fancy fish pond. I could spend all day gazing at the fish to be honest, but let’s get cracking and spin some reels. This stretch of enticing water is covered in flowers and filled with fish (that’s practically an invitation to get the grill going).
Let’s get into the zone and try and cash in over 3 rows, 5 reels and 15 pay-lines. That’s 5 more than the Banana Odyssey slot machine then, which sgould give you and inkling of how this plays (it’s a low variance slot).
The highest value icon is a golden fish (the star of this slot), followed by golden baskets, coins and a pot of bamboo.
A Chinese-styled Ace through Queen of the card deck provide the lower value icons of this exotic number.
A gong and stick are the Wild which subs for all icons, except the Scatter. The Wild only show up on the middle 3 reels. Of course, the Scatter is the way to focus on the bonus extras; just keep your eyes peeled for the red lantern.
Well, this game is well stocked, I’d say it even tops the Chief slot on the bonus count. That’s NetEnt for you I guess.
Prepare for an Avalanche
When you make a winning combo, your winning icons will experience an icon transformation. Symbols that make up your win are replaced by new symbols falling into place. This is a signature NetEnt feature that you may have seen on a bunch of other slots such as Gonzo’s Quest, and we rather like it.
A trio of lanterns on the reels will set off the free spins feature giving you 10 freebies to get your paws around. And if you land 3 further Scatters, you will re-trigger the feature. Oh, how I love a re-triggerable free spins bonus.
Now, my friends, the free spins game provides the route to the potentially bigger wins. How, you might ask? Well, each time you generate a win, the game makes a note and generates a special gemstone as a marker. These stones are the key to the cash.
Lucky Pond Bonus
After your free spins games, any wins you’ve made are totted up as gemstones. And you will need gems to progress into the Lucky Pond Bonus.
Your chance to get your paws on more riches bumps up with a fishy bonus. Meet the coin fish and a bonus fish which will compete to eat your gemstones.
If the coin fish catches your jewels, it will give you a cash prize of between 5 and 15 coins. At the end of the feature, the prize total is totted up and multiplied by your wager level to award a nicely-sized money prize. Hopefully, you’ve lucked out, big time.
And if the bonus fish nibbles 3 of your gems, it’s time for furry fist pumps as you will have entered the Jackpot feature. It’s fish on fish my friends, may the best haddock win.
In this feature, you can get your paws on a selection of 5 jackpots. These range from Rapid to Mega, at the top end of the scale. Again, there’s a pond full of fish that have an appetite for jewels.
Each jackpot is a different coloured hungry fish: you need a fish to eat 3 of your gemstones during the game to secure the related jackpot.
As Aunty Winona says, don’t sweat the small stuff. The coin fish has upped the ante in this game and can give you some handy coin prizes if you can get those gems guzzled up in time. I can feel it in my sole (ahem).
Tired of the rat race? Then it could be time to scale things back and grab your passport to fun with the Imperial Riches slot. This top notch Asian game will fuel your interest in fish! Especially, if you trigger the jackpot laden game or walk away with cash prizes. There are plenty more fish on the reels, as the saying goes!
Wombat Score: 4 out 5
A winning episode of a very classy, in no way fishy game. Well, it has fishes in it, but it’s not fishy as in dodgy, if you get my drift, I’ll stop there.