Chow down on This
The Chinese are known for naming calendar years after revered or respected creatures, and many such souls surface on the reels of Chow’s Chance. There’s a tiger, snake and rat, each rendered in a watercolour style, as if Booming Games had painted directly onto the reels. The effect is quite beautiful, and visually marks Chow’s Chance out as a cut above the countless other Asian slots currently out there.
To the left of the reels sits Kung Fu Panda, while the right sits a serene looking cat, or whatever anthropomorphic creature Booming Games have decreed as the panda’s sidekick. The reels, which sit in a 5×4 layout, slot tightly together like Scrabble tiles. Any time a win is generated, a zoom effect will highlight the winning combo and apply an animation such as causing the rat to scurry. Chow’s Chance is a 50 payline game with a line bet of 0.03 to 3, resulting in a max bet of 150 per spin.
Panda Eyes on the Prize
Few other slots can claim to have symbols as exquisite as those to be found in Chow’s Chance. After playing this slot, it’ll be tough going back to video slots sporting crude playing card symbols. There’s a W/M symbol that’s worth 4,500 for five and wild that is worth 45,000 for five. Wild is played by a Chinese dragon and will substitute for the other regular playing symbols. Chow’s Chance also has a ‘special’ symbol, a triple paint swirl that will activate 2-Way Pay, causing wins for the next 10 spins to be generated both left to right and right to left.
There’s also a scatter, which takes the form of a flower and which will grant you 10 free spins any time you land three symbols anywhere in view. Before collecting your spins you can gamble with them if you like, with a simple 50/50 bet determining whether you win or lose. It’s also possible to win additional free spins by the arrival of another three scatters while collecting this feature.
The best way to mine Chow’s Chance for bigger wins is by making use of the double-or-nothing round. Any time you’ve netted a win, you can activate this feature and attempt to level up to a higher win. You’ll be given two symbols to choose from. Pick the correct one to double up. Get it wrong and you’ll lose everything. It’s possible to gamble up to 10 times in a row, though it will take nerves of steel – plus a large slice of luck – to make it that far.
Tried Chicago Nights?
Chow’s Chance is rated as a medium to low variance game, which is a good thing if you’re the sort of player who prefers to build up wins as you go, taking a slow and steady approach. For a slot offering similar gameplay, Boom Gaming’s other releases, in particular Chicago Nights and Booming Gold, are very similar. Neither game can match the arresting visuals of Chow’s Chance however.
If you’re a fan of Kung Fu Panda – and if you’re playing this slot it seems likely – have a go at Panda and Dragons by Agile Slots or Playtech’s Lucky Panda which comes bearing 1024 paylines and a whole lotta bamboo.
One for Kung Fu Panda Fans
Chow’s Chance is an awesome looking game that deserves a closer look for its graphics if nothing else. Thematically, there’s nothing new here and the features aren’t the most innovative either, but this slot makes up for these shortcomings, primarily via its animations and stunning symbols. Provided you’re okay with the recycling of Asian tropes, there’s a lot to love about Chow’s Chance. If you loved Kung Fu Panda, you’ll love this thinly disguised slot conversion.