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The wombat says: China – not a bad little county really. Except for those pandas. What a bunch of daft galahs they are! Chewing bamboo all day and not doing much else really.
When this wombat went through a zen phase, we headed to the Shaolin temple in the Henan Province and had a go at being a martial arts monk. It didn’t last long – mainly as those buddhists aren’t big fans of gambling – but I did pick up some odds and sods of enlightenment while I was there.
According to the Chinese Taoist philosophy, there are 5 elements in the universe known as the Wu Xing; Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Each element is interconnected and philosophers think when combined these elements explain how the earth works, and even how our bodies operate!
And now all thanks to Genesis Gaming, this theme of Eastern ancient wisdom has been turned into a lucrative slot. We wonder what the Shaolins would make of that…
Look and Feel
Genesis Gaming have done a good job with the design here. This game has hit the good looking heights of the Aladdin’s Legacy slot and Renegades – 2 other games that are “easy on the eye”, as we say Down Under.
This Orient-inspired slot has brought to life with what looks like classic hand-drawn brush strokes including the 5 elements of Wu Xing. Yup, each icon is represented by its Chinese character, so: Wood: 木 Fire: 火 Earth: 土 Metal: 金 and Water: 水
The graphics of the game are simple but pleasing in the eye and the reels are framed with by what looks like some ancient parchment scrolls. While your backdrop is a beautiful and ethereal red plain with the wind whistling over it. As the reels spin you are treated to some mystical Guzheng music – to really get you into the whole Chinese vibe. And it looks great on smaller screens too – just like Elk’s Birthday slot, you can tell that this game has been designed with little screens in mind.
Wu Xing is a 5 reel slot with 3 rows and 25 pay-lines. Not as many as Fortunium in other words, but comfortably off in the higher end of the scale. Or high medium.
Your symbols on the reels are the aforementioned 5 elements wood, earth, fire, water and metal which make up your high value icons, while the lower value symbols are represented by Chinese numbers 1, 2, 3 , 4 and 5 which wraps up the theme nicely.
Your Wild in this game is the yin/ying symbol on it which will substitute for all others symbols on the reels to form matching combinations bar the scatter. And speaking of which, the Scatter symbol in Wu Xing slot is the golden gong icon. Keep your eyes peeled for this beauty…
Free Spins and Bonus Feature
Wombat fans, you can set off Wu Xing Free Spins feature by landing 3x or more of the golden gong Scatters. Now you’ll receive 10 Free Spins but you must choose one of the 5 elements that will replace all the others on the reels to help you generate bigger and more frequent wins! Cheers Genesis!
Wu Xing Bonus
When all of the 5 elements appear on the reels in the right order: fire, earth, metal, water and wood, you’ll set off the Wu Xing bonus. Choose one of the 5 elements for Kuan Ti the God of War to use against Yen-Wang Lord of Death and receive some instant cash win prizes after their battle! We like this cool little extra a lot – and it can be a nice little earner too.
So what makes Wu Xing different from all the other Eastern-inspired slot games out there? Well for starters there’s not a koi carp in sight – which a makes us a bunch of happy wombats! Genesis Gaming have added an unusual twist to this slightly over-done theme, and brought to it some original gameplay. Highly recommended.