A Red and Gold Combination
The large majority of Playtech titles carry a strong theme element, with Zhao Cai Tong Zi being no exception to this. Every inch of this game has a bright red colour palette, with plenty of gold thrown in. In most Chinese themed games, this approach is a little tired, but there is a real charm to Zhao Cai Tong Zi. What complements the bright colour scheme is a selection of Chinese characters. Admittedly, we aren’t exactly too sure what they mean, but they do add something to the appearance of the game nonetheless.
Helping Zhao Cai Tong Zi deliver the visual pop that Playtech is so widely known for are the symbols in the game. With smiles all around, you can’t help but feel jolly when you lay your eyes on what’s here. From the happy looking children to the atmospheric dragon mask, this game is rife with enjoyable clichés.
Looking Towards Luck and Fortune
In terms of gameplay, Zhao Cai Tong Zi isn’t the biggest game that Playtech has put on shelves. The number of paylines available here is just 9, which does cap the action somewhat slightly. Adding to that, if you wanted any more proof that Playtech is aiming this title towards a broad audience of gamblers, the lowest total wager is just 0.09. That being said, if the urge for risk proves too strong, you can freely ramp up the wager to a max 900.00 per spin.
With a Flavour of the Far East
As big time real money slots fans, we have a soft spot for any game that comes loaded with bonus features. With that in mind, you can only imagine how disappointed we were with this particular high variance game. Considering the sheer difficulty of Zhao Cai Tong Zi, bonuses would have helped break up the action. Sadly, there are zero bonus rounds or mini-games to speak of here.
Hampering the game and certainly making it less enjoyable, all this game features in terms of bonuses are scatters and wilds, which simply isn’t enough. Zhao Cai Tong Zi is a case of what might have been in our eyes, as the right bonus features really could have pushed this game over the top.
From Foot off the Gas to Flat out Turbo
Considering the fact that the game doesn’t have much to offer in the bonus department, it proves incredibly easy to control. Along the bottom of the screen, positioned right below the reels, are a series of golden buttons in ‘Spin’, ‘Turbo Mode’, ‘Auto Play’, ‘Bet Max’, and ‘Info’, along with the typical wager controls.
Speaking specifically about a couple of these options, it’s great to see the return of both Auto Play and Turbo Mode. By setting up auto play you can let the game take the wheel for a predetermined number of spins, allowing you to put your feet up as a result. Turbo mode takes things in an altogether faster paced direction. Spinning the reels in double time, Zhao Cai Tong Zi does have the power to kick things up a notch when needed.
Zhao Cai Tong Zi Channels the Spirit of Chinese Folklore!
Don’t misconstrue what you’ve read above, as we do think that Zhao Cai Tong Zi has plenty going for it. The problem with the game is that the gameplay just lacks replay value, as beyond its limited bonuses, there is a rather hollow real money slots experience awaiting players here.
Given that it has the Playtech name attached, when we loaded up Zhao Cai Tong Zi we truly did expect big things. Disappointingly, this game doesn’t just have the legs to match its lofty ambition.