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The Tree of Fortune video slot is brought to us from iSoftbet, a UK-based game creator usually specialising in games with more complex graphic animation sequences like 24, Basic Instinct and Cult Fiction. There are plenty of oriental-themed slots on the market and this features the usual archetypal symbolism such as a gilt cockerel, gilt dragon, gilt cats waving a paw mechanically, a pretty lotus flower, and some Buddhist cymbals. It’s all a little bit naff, the kind of stuff you’d find in a tourist gift shop in Beijing, but then slots do benefit from these very obvious, recognisable images.

The music that plays alongside also makes you feel as if you’re waiting for your special fried rice and chop suey in a the waiting room of a takeaway joint, but it’s all quite soothing and pleasant and doesn’t become irritating. The oriental theme has a universal appeal, but with that comes the problem that it’s heavily overused. Tree of Fortune is made up of a 5 x 3 board on a red and golden background. It has an RTP of 95.5%, the opportunity for 15 free spins, a 3x multiplier, a 243 ways to win layout (as opposed to the more traditional fixed payline style) and a medium variance level.

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So Many Ways to Win

The 243 format is a Microgaming favourite which has also been used by many other software developers such as Amaya. It does away with the usual slot format and gives you the opportunity to win in may more ways, without the restriction of the usual paylines. It offers the chance to land wins in different directions on adjacent reels.

Often with this format the volatility is fairly low, but in this game the medium variance makes it a little trickier to score a win – although it also increases the chances for bigger wins, so that might make it right up your street. Those who play these style of games regularly will be fans, but whether you enjoy playing this this style of game comes down to personal preference (and how lucky you are when you do!).

Tree Scatters

In this game the tree is the scatter and you’ll need three of the tree scatters to activate the free spins. In short – three trees equals free spins. It’s all very poetic and this slot scores highly in the ability to draw rhymes and puns from its key elements. The tree seems to be a type of penzai (better known by its Japanese name, bonsai), a type of miniature tree grown in containers to stunt the growth.

In this case its branches are adorned with golden rings or coins, signalling wealthy winnings ahead. Once you’ve landed these you get 15 free spins with a 3x multiplier. The graphics on the reels are quite pleasant and there’s some nice detail on the playing card symbols, with the letters and numbers decorated with fans, dynamite sticks and suchlike.

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If you want to stick with a 243 ways to win game, try some of Microgaming’s options – and they have plenty. Lucky Firecracker and Gung Pow are 243 way slots and both keep to a similar type of oriental theme (the visuals on these two are remarkably similar to one another), a plus if that’s something you enjoy with Tree of Fortune.

If you’re not keen on the variance aspect of this game though, you’ll find that both Lucky Firecracker and Gung Pow share the medium level of volatility, although it is slightly less than Tree of Fortune’s. All need 3 symbols for re-trigger, have 15 free spins and a 3x free spin win multiplier. Or you could try other iSoftbet games like the Far Eastern themed Red Dragon Wild for an entirely alternative experience to this.

A Tree-mendous Effort?

There are so many online slots at your disposal that Tree of Fortune by iSoftbet doesn’t stand out as being one of the best. It’s straightforward, which is fine but it is also a bit dull, with a theme that’s not uncommon and no quirky bonus features to make it exciting. It’s surprising coming from a games developer who usually engage in more entertaining ventures.

If you get lucky while you’re playing it you’ll be glad you gave it a go, as there is the chance of a good win. But then there’s also a chance of some tedium in between while you roll those reels interminably.