What is this mobile slot about?
Literally translated as Happy Lunar New Year in Mandarin, the Gong Xi Fa Cai mobile slot gives you year round good fortune.
There are a million Far East slots around, all with slightly different themes, and yet all slightly alike.
The Gong Xi Fa Cai slot doesn’t revolutionise the genre in terms of theme. You get your typical lucky coins, dragons, Phoenix, Chinese lanterns and koi littering the reels, all set on red and purple backgrounds.
In many ways, it’s similar to the 1421 Voyages of Zheng He mobile slot, except instead of ships, you get a little fat man wishing you good luck by the side of the reels.
Multipliers on high paying symbols
Considering this is an IGT slot game, you don’t have to wait for the free spins to get decent wins.
Don’t get us wrong; the Gong Xi Fa Cai bonus games help, as you get no low paying symbols, so decent wins are almost guaranteed.
But during the base game you get multipliers from 2x to 5x on random high paying symbol on the first reel. If used, you get the multiplier added to your win, which certainly comes in handy.
Is that four progressive jackpots?
Yeap. More importantly, every time you hit the click me bonus you are guaranteed to hit one of the four jackpots.
Unlike games like the Hall of Gods slot from NetEnt, where you are more likely to walk away with a consolation cash prize, here you have to walk away with one of four sums on the side of the scream.
Of course, all that really means is that you hit the mini-jackpot more often than not, which is usually no more than between 2x and 5x your bet.
But you got to admit, there’s something wonderfully enticing about clicking on those red envelope of good fortune and coming just one gem close to getting a few thousand in your pocket.
Gong Xi Fa Cai slot is surprisingly well balanced
We say ‘surprisingly’ because even games like the Golden Goddess slot, one of the most popular low variance slot machines by IGT, can take a while to warm up to wins.
But this IGT slot walks the line nicely between promising great fortune, whilst still keeping your fortune ticking along.
It’s not without dangers (no IGT game is), but perfect to celebrate a happy and prosperous New Year.
Mobile slot overview
|Mobile Slot released||January 2017|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Jackpot amount||4 Progressive Jackpots|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 50 Paylines|
|House edge||9.1% – 3.8%|
|Min/Max bet||0.75 / 15|
|Bonus rounds||Wilds, Scatters, Multipliers, Free Spins, Click Me Bonus|
In-game bonus features
Wild: the wild symbol replaces all other symbols on the reels except bonus symbols.
Multiplier symbol: On reel one, any of the high paying symbols can come along with a multiplier of 2x, 3x, or 5x.
If you manage to get a win using those symbols, you also get the multiplier.
Lucky Fortune Progressive Picker: This can trigger on any base game spin with a multiplier on reel 1 and is how you win the Gong Xi Fa Cai jackpot slot.
Here you get a screen full of red envelopes to pick from. Behind these envelopes hides different coloured gems; get three of the same colour to win one of the four jackpots:
- Maxi: seed at 10,000 cash, can go much higher, is a shared progressive jackpot across casinos.
- Major: seeds at 500 cash, but generally goes into the thousands, is a shared progressive jackpot across casinos.
- Minor: seeds at 900 coins, but is also multiplied by your bet multiplier as this is a jackpot local the casino you’re playing at.
- Mini: seeds at 300 coins, but is also multiplied by your bet multiplier as this is a jackpot local the casino you’re playing at.
You will always win one of the four jackpots when you hit this feature, which usually means triggering the mini or minor.
On the bright side this feature shows up often, and you always manage to come close to a bigger jackpot, which is both exhilarating and frustrating.
Scatters and free spins: 3 bonus scatters anywhere on screen will trigger the free spin bonus rounds.
Not the easiest to catch, but generally worthwhile, as this game removes all the low paying symbols, which leaves you open to much bigger wins, thanks to those multiplier symbols on reel 1.
It’s like the mobile Hercules High and Mighty slot machine, but without having to pay huge amounts to get the feature.
One of the most popular land based casino games, this time round IGT have added 4 jackpots to the Gong Xi Fa Cai slot machine on mobile.
With a great Asian theme that works all year round, not just during the Chinese New Year, there’s plenty here to love, from multiplier on the first reel, to high paying free spin bonus round.
Just don’t be too dissapointed when the frequent bonus games pays out only the mini-jackpot – that’s just one of the frustrations you have to live with when playing on jackpot slots.