Microgaming’s new slot for the first month of 2017 is Huangdi – The Yellow Emperor. The game’s Chinese theme is obvious immediately, but what you may not know is the origin of the title and what Huangdi means to this country. One of the legendary sovereigns of China, Huangdi ruled between 2698 BC and 2598 BC, so for 100 years total, or at least that’s what the mythology says. The game focuses on this huge personality, and does it justice with its design for the most part. Wild symbols, both regular, stacked and expanding, are used inside, as well as scatters and free spins. The layout is a regular one though, of 5 reels and 25 win lines. Maximum payouts awarded by it reach 1,000x.
Betting and Prizes
The minimum amount you can spend for one round of Huangdi slot is $0.25, which means that each line can get as little as $0.01. The maximum amount will be at $5 per line, so the total bet can go up to $125.
The free spins are the ones that can pay the most, the largest potential reward being worth 60,000 coins, though presumably you need all the lines occupied by wild symbols at that point.
Huangdi Slot Features
The logo of Huangdi is available to you as a wild feature. What this means is that you will use it mainly to take the place of another icon, which is needed on the same pay line, in order to complete a winning combo.
The regular symbols which pay more in Huangdi are the ones with the sword, a medicine box or an instrument. These are also the symbols which can be stacked on the first reel. Whenever you have one of these stacked icons occupying all three positions on the reel, the game will expand regular symbols of the same type that are on the rest of the reels. If you happen to have one on each reel, then all 15 symbols in the game will end up being identical, and the result will obviously be a total of 25 wins offered simultaneously.
A beautiful Golden Dragon icon is one of the other important appearances in the game. Scattered in at least three spots and in view at the same time, it gives you 15 free spins and up to 100 times the bet. While going through the free spins, you will have a wild stacked on the 1st reel, capable of expanding the rest of the wilds present on the other reels if it lands fully in view. You can get another 15 free spins, with another set of 3+ Golden Dragons.
Theme & Design
Huangdi’s reign was a long one, according to the legends, and that’s not all that he did for his people. One of his most famous battles took place at Zhuolu, and apparently this is the one that inspired this slot machine. You will see Huangdi in a symbol, a golden dragon in another, while his sword, an instrument and a medicine box are reserved for high paying icons. Royals, which look hand painted, take the role of the symbols which pay less.
Huangdi slot will be a game to enjoy, and to take advantage of mainly through its features. I found it an interesting choice, especially because it doesn’t have any direct competition thanks to its theme.