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Say the word ‘Ming’ to most people and you’ll probably get a similar reply. They’ll either start talking about that vase they have in the living room that might be a Ming and worth a fortune, or tell you about how camp Ming the Merciless was in ‘Flash Gordon.’
Well, this slot game from Novomatic takes us back in time to the Ming Dynasty in China. The Ming Dynasty came in the second part of the fourteenth century and reigned for nearly 300 years. It was one of the wealthiest Chinese Dynasties and certainly gave Novomatic lots of material for another successful slot.
This is a five-reel game that has three rows of symbols and there are just the nine paylines for you to try and win some money on. Playing the game will cost you between £0.01 and £90 so finding a level you can comfortably play at without causing any financial worries won’t be a problem.
There are plenty of slot games that have an Asian theme to them so it’s important to keep the game fresh and not just repeat what we’ve already seen a fair number of times. The background to the game features some classic Chinese architecture including a temple seen at sunset. Symbols here include a vase of course, necklaces, statues of dragons. The Emperors wife (we get some animation of her doing her hair), a porcelain cup a medallion and gorgeous looking Geisha Girls. We also get the Nine to Ace playing card symbols that don’t really have much of a Chinese look to be honest.
The wild symbol in this game is of course the Emperor Ming. He’d probably attack Earth if he wasn’t, oops sorry wrong Ming. Anyway, it’s his game so he’s definitely going to the all-important wild symbol. He can get your account balance moving upwards by substituting for other symbols to get you plenty of winning combinations. It can’t sub for the scatter symbol which is the rather impressive looking dragon. Five of the wild symbols on an activated payline will win you 9000x your line bet so well worth looking out for.
Wins are paid from left to right in this slot, that is apart from the dragon scatter symbol. That can pay you out by appearing anywhere on the reels and it plays a key role in getting you into the bonus game where the big money lies.
To ensure you know lots more about the game, just have a look through the paytable. That has all the information you need to know about winning combinations, how much they’ll win you and how the bonus games work. Boost your knowledge even further by having some free games to see it all in action.
Three of the dragon scatter symbols can win you 15 free spins. Now this is a bonus game that you’ll really want to trigger because all the wins you get during the free spins are tripled. It’s possible to re-trigger those free spins if the scatter symbols come along in the required numbers again.
As with many slot games, this has a gamble feature. Get a winning combination in the base game and there’s the opportunity to double it. It’s not compulsory to play this and if you want to just ignore it and get on with the next spin. If you do take the gamble, it’s the usual guess of whether the next card will be red and black. Don’t get carried away with this as one wrong decision loses you your winnings.
Another good game from Novomatic. It has an attractive look to it and some good animation. I’d have cut the number of playing card symbols or at least given them a Chinese look. The bonus game is a good one though with those triplicate wins. If you can re-trigger them, then that really gives you a good chance of making lots of money. Be careful with that gamble feature though, try to keep your winnings not lose them.