Many games which are set in the Orient take advantage of the beautiful background but 4 Seasons takes it to the next level. Using 3D graphics and realistic effects, the game is played against a backdrop of peach skies, rocky peaks with cherry blossom trees, a waterfall and a delicate pagoda all present too. Yet after you’ve been playing this game for a while, you might suddenly notice that things look a bit….different! This is because the gameplay follows the calendar and as you spin the reels it cycles through the scenes realistically, changing the backdrop as it does.
Every 90 spins the game shifts from one season to the next, totally altering the setting to the game. This is no arbitrary figure; the 90 spins are intended to mimic the 90 days in each season. Everything in this game is symbolic. It’s a clever design that will appeal to anyone who’s looking for a slot which stands out from the crowd.
Spinning the Wheel
Eagle-eyed players won’t fail to notice the wheel in the bottom left of the screen. This is on display permanently and is known as the Seasonal Wheel, following the months in the seasons. Every 30 spins the wheel will rotate and in doing so will change the payouts and purposes of certain symbols. The symbol that it lands upon becomes golden and for that “month” will attract a multiplier of x10. The symbols which are on either side of it in the wheel are marked as silver and pay out a multiplier of x5. There’s even room for third place, with the symbols next to those marked as silver being transformed into bronze, with a multiplier of x2. This is a fun feature and one that adds an extra dimension to the play on the reels.
The wheel isn’t the only bonus feature in this game as you’ll find a golden cat which acts as a wild and a yin and yang sign which is the scatter, awarding free spins. Up to 20 free spins can be won if you land five scatters on the reels. There’s also the chance to double up any regular wins. This is a high-risk approach and you will have to forfeit your prize if you lose.
Entering a New Year
When you’re ready to face the next Chinese year, all you need to do to get started is spin the 5 reels in front of you. They’re set out in the usual 5×3 layout and include a total of 30 paylines to play on. Buttons at the base of the screen offer you the chance of changing this as well as allowing you to set the value of the coin. You’ll play with between one and five coins per line, and choose the denomination of each coin, giving a total min bet of 0.60 and a max bet of 150.
Visiting the Land
If you’ve enjoyed your sojourn into the Orient there’s an almost untold number of slots which feature this as their theme too, admittedly none quite as creative as 4 Seasons. Choy Sun Doa is a game based on the God of Prosperity and Wealth and features 5 reels, 243 ways to win and some surprise bonuses along the way. It may not have changing seasons but there’s an RTP of 94.16% and intuitive play which makes it a top alternative.
4 Seasons for Betsoft is an online video slot which is utterly compelling. Even without a win you’ll feel the urge to keep playing just to witness the change in seasons. Beautiful graphics and great prizes combined with a clever design make this an all round winner.