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Embark on an epic journey to the Orient where you really will be taken on a tour of the stunning landscape in Rise of the Empress by developer Genesis. The setting in the background scrolls past slowly but persistently during play so you’ll get to see a lot of the stunning scenery, giving you the feeling that you’re gently drifting past in a paddleboat.

Clear, still waters, jagged peaks and lush green landscapes all make up the setting for this game, with transparent reels that really allow you to appreciate the work that’s gone into the graphics. But will you be able to drag your eyes away to play on the reels? Here’s a review of Rise of the Empress from Genesis with everything you need to know.

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With such a sophisticated setting, there’s plenty to admire even before you start to spin the reels to play. The 5 reels include 25 paylines which are fixed and can’t be reduced. However you can still adjust the amount you bet per spin by selecting the value per line. This can be anything from 0.01 up to 10.00, providing a total min bet of 0.25 or a total max bet of 250.00. If you need more information to decide how much to bet per spin, click on the “help” button to move to the paytable. This will show you the prizes on offer and what you need to do to win. The theoretical RTP for this slot is an impressive 97%.

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Although this game may look relatively simple, it includes a healthy selection of bonuses, which is quite unusual for a title from Genesis. The base reels have the wild, which can substitute for other symbols and make it easier to line up a win. However, there’s more than that on offer if you manage to land the scatter symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5.

Three of the scatter symbols will give you 10 free spins and you could also be handed 5th reel re-spins too. You’ll be able to access a 5th reel re-spin if you land four or five of a kind. Reels 1-4 are frozen and the fifth reel spins again and the gameboard checked for any further prizes which have been generated.

If, during the re-spin, you land the bonus symbols as the 5th one on reel 5, you’ll unlock a whole host of secondary features. If the symbols are either the J,Q or K you’ll be able to play the Royal Pick Me game. Here you’ll have three regal items to choose from and you can pick just one. The prize will be revealed which could be up to 10 credits and you’ll continue with the game. If the Q, K or A are what make up the four symbols, then you’ll open the Added Wild feature. This picks two random reels where all the symbols are replaced with wilds, and the board is then reassessed for any payouts. If the four reels are either the peasant, warrior, empress or student, you’ll get Mixed Free Spins. These are in addition to any free spins which are waiting to be played. A separate payable applies for the Mixed Free Spins.

Choose Your Style

There are plenty of other Orient themed games on the market as it’s one of the most popular genres created. However, if it’s the gently scrolling background of this game that you found particularly appealing, that’s not quite so easy to locate. However one game that offers the same innovative setting and that’s Jurassic Park from Microgaming. Although the theme may be very different, as you play on the tiles (which feature photos from the film) the transparent reels allow you to watch as the lush jungle setting slowly scrolls past, taking you deep into the heart of the undergrowth.

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Rise of the Empress from Genesis takes the popular Oriental theme and gives it an innovative twist with the moving background to the reels. There’s also a good selection of bonus plays and different types of free spins on offer. Even though there’s no progressive jackpot, this slot will appeal to more experienced players but despite being visually attractive, there’s probably a little too much going on to make it easy for total novices to follow.