Take a Trip to the Far East
As a Chinese themed slot aimed at an Asian audience, 88 Fortunes is expectedly rich in reds and golds, Asian symbolism and other oriental-style imagery. The music here is soothing; the typical wind chime piece that’s just the right balance of music – not too loud, and not totally absent either. Some of the cymbal crashes can get a bit loud, but it totally depends on each player and his or her tastes.
Hitting the Big Time
The game’s name takes its inspiration from its max bet – 88.00 if made in credits and 880 coins otherwise. While the game can be played at a lower bet, such as 0.88, larger bets get you a bigger chance of hitting that grand jackpot. Playing long term at larger bets gives you a 1 in 4 chance of winning big if you successfully reach the now famous Fu Bat bonus round.
Woven into the Game’s Tapestry
The game’s fixed wild appears in the form of a tapestry, which can substitute for all other symbols, but is void of any wins on its own. This wild only appears on the 3 reels in the middle. The game’s scatter is one of the more exciting features in 88 Fortunes.
While this gives wins on its own, the real beauty of the scatter is that 3 or more of these activates the free spins round, which sees players receiving 10 free spins. If 3 more can be picked up, the free spins are triggered all over again.
The free spins round is filled with value, as the lower paying card symbols are all removed, leaving only the more valuable Chinese symbols. This not only lets you win more, but also allows you to make huge winning combos if multiple symbols are spun one after the other.
Going Full Force for Fu Bat Symbols
For those looking for those progressive jackpots, the ‘Fu Bat Jackpot’ symbols are what you’ll be interested in lining up to receive massive wins – this is where those four progressive jackpots are won and things get seriously exciting.
3 or more of the huge golden coins trigger the Fu Bat bonus round, where 12 more gold coins are here for you to choose from. Each time you click one of these coins, a Fu Bat baby is shown – pick 3 of these to match them. There are four babies available, each linked to one of the different jackpots in Mini, Minor, Major, and Grand. These are linked to 10, 25, 800, and 10,000 credit wins respectively. Hitting the mini jackpot can be frustrating, but don’t wallow as every win counts in this Bally release.
A Taste of Something Different
What is really going to separate 88 Fortunes from other rival games is not just its bonus features, but its approach to controls too. This is because the usual control panel approach has been completely ditched; instead buttons are spread around the UI, with the spin symbol positively glowing on screen.
Revel in Good Luck with 88 Fortunes!
Though the base values of the smaller jackpots are a bit small and a bit more action would be appreciated, this doesn’t erase all of the charm and great value that 88 Fortunes offers. The low bet maximum may not appeal to slots players who love high maxes, but 88 Fortunes is a solid slots game that has already begun to make its name in the casino industry.