Discover the Oriental Delights
On the reels you’ll find an enticing array of symbols just waiting to be spun around, but before you indulge yourself take some time to explore the Orient to see what’s in store for you first. To do this you’ll need to move away from the main screen and into the paytable; you can easily achieve this by simply clicking on the “info” button.
You’ll be able to see straight away how to get a win on this game, and it involves landing matching symbols along one of the paylines in play. Each symbol requires a different number of matches before it pays out. At the bottom of the table, you’ll need a match of three but the more valuable symbols will pay out for just one. All symbols need to run from left to right or right to left on consecutive reels. The guardian lion (looking very similar to a golden dragon!) occupies the top spot with a prize of 5000 for matching five symbols.
Play for Pleasure
When you’ve familiarised yourself with the contents of the paytable, return to the reels and prepare to play – but not before setting up your betting preferences. Zhao Cai Jin Bao has five reels in the usual 5×3 layout and nine paylines. This may sound like an unusual choice of number but in Chinese culture the number nine is considered extremely lucky for lots of reasons.
As the highest single digit number, it’s considered to be representative of eternity and completeness and is often used to mean “everlasting”. Should you wish to incur a run of bad luck, you can opt to reduce the nine paylines using the onscreen controls.
As well as being able to set the number of paylines, you can also alter the value of the coin. The minimum is 0.01 and this can be increased up to 100.00 in stepped increments, providing lots of choice over the level of bet. This provides a total min bet of 0.09 and a total max bet of 900.00. Both of these figures once again include the lucky number 9, so hopefully some of this good fortune will transfer over to you too!
Playtech games are normally known for offering excellent bonuses but in this case there’s no extras included on the reels. There’s no gamble for winning, no free spins or big multipliers as well as no bonus side games. There is a wild which can step in for other symbols on the reels and make it easier to win. It also doubles any prizes which are won while using the wild. The fortune cookie is the scatter and like the other symbols, can be read both ways, providing they land on consecutive reels.
Enjoy the Festivities
Zhao Cai Jin Bao by Playtech is an online video slot in the popular Oriental theme. You’ll find this game really focuses on the symbols of Chinese culture with iconic images such as koi carp, phoenix, dragons and lucky coins all present. However, compared to other Playtech titles this could seem rather basic as it lacks any kind of bonus or even free spins round. For this reason, it’s not likely to be as popular with more experienced players but is perfect for newbies looking for an uncomplicated yet enjoyable first slot.