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The wombat says: ‘Cherry blossom alert. I repeat, this is a Cherry Blossom alert. Will all personnel please get ready at the reels to play another Far East themed slot. Thank you’. Yes that’s right Wombat Fans, the mysterious Orient has always provided plenty of subject matter for those games makers, and this ye olde little number from Microgaming (the people behind the Bermuda Mysteries slot and Thunderstruck II) is just one in a long line of releases that is served up to us with a distinctly Chinese-y feel. So how does this match up to the other Far-East slots? Let’s fire up those fiery eastern dragon reels and spin to see.
Look and Feel
There are no 3D graphics or intricate backdrop to these basic reels, but we do quite like the traditional Chinese music that accompanies this game as you spin. It relaxed this wombat so much that we very nearly drooped off. Until Mrs Wombat made us a cuppa that is…
Oriental Fortune is a 5 reel slot with 3 rows and just the 5 (yes, only 5) pay lines. Compare that to other games like the Pollen Nation slot machine with its 25 and you might feel you are getting short-changed, but it’s not all about pay-lines. This game is low variance, which means more frequent pay-outs which can be easier on your bank-roll as the cold periods aren’t so, well cold.
As you might expect, your symbols on the reels include a whole host of Oriental themed paraphernalia and are made up of; some giggling geishas with flowery cherry blossom headdresses, some Koi carp swimming among the lily pads, a beautiful pagoda in the distance, and a very fierce-looking dragon made up of lots of different colours. If you want Middle East then play the Throne of Egypt slot as this is East East.
Add to this your standard playing card 10, J, Q, K & A which make up the lower value symbols, and we’re ready to go. Oh, and don’t forget to adjust your bet level; it starts a £0.25 for one payline and goes up to £25.00 for all paylines active.
The shy but beautiful Geisha will act as the Wild symbol in Oriental Fortune slot, and she will do the usual job of substituting for all other symbols on the reels to help you complete more of those awesome winning pay line combos. Land 5x of the Geisha Wilds across the reels and you’ll also scoop a rather handsome jackpot pay out of 5,000 coins. Which is about £25,000 if you’re playing at the maximum coin bet limit. So there’s life in the old dog yet!
Bonus Features and Free Spins
If you’re waiting for us to share with you the exciting deets of Oriental Fortune’s multi-level bonus rounds with Sticky Wilds added in for good measure, plus extra generous free spins, then sorry but you’ve come to the wrong place. Sadly this game is as basic as they come, and the chance to scoop any real fortune at all in this slot exists only in the base game. Sad faces all round.
As one of Microgaming geriatric slots, you can’t really expect the bells and whistles you’ll get from games nowadays. But still, 5 pay lines does seem a bit in the mean side, so it’s fair to say that Oriental Fortune won’t be making into our top 5. Still, if Far-East themed slots are your thing then it might be worth a quick spin.