The appetite for Chinese-themed slots shows no sign of slowing down with Jin Ji Bao Xi: Endless Treasure another to drop off the seeming never ending conveyor belt. This 5 reel, 243 ways to win slot has been created by WMS and comes with plenty of unusual extras. It can be a little complicated on first view but get used to the bonuses and there’s plenty to like in this land-based slot conversion. Play on your PC, tablet or mobile from between 8p and £88 per spin.
There’s a glossy sheen to the design here which has a traditional feel. Alongside the lower value A to 9 symbols are koi carp, turtles, tigers, phoenix and dragons. The animals all offer payouts of 5, 10 or 20 coins for a 3, 4 or 5 symbol combination.
It’s here that the first bit of unusual gameplay kicks in. To the left of the reels you’ll see a meter – this allows you to change the standard animal symbols into golden equivalents. These gold symbols offer bigger payouts. To activate the gold symbols will cost you though.
At the standard stakes of 8 coins per spin, you’ll see 1 gold animal symbol spinning around the reels. Increase that to 18, 38, 68 or 88 coins per spin and you’ll see 2, 3, 4 or 5 gold symbols. The dragon is the best of these gold symbols, awarding 20, 60, or 250 coins rather than the maximum 20.
In the base game there’s also a wild that can land on reels 2, 3 and 4 only. The golden upgrades aren’t the only extras available here. There are plenty of other possible bonus features on offer too:
Golden Chance feature – a wild landing on the middle reel can turn any standard animal symbols into higher paying gold ones. Any winners here also benefit from a 2x multiplier.
Fu Value feature – the bonus symbol comes with a coin value attached. This is the Fu value. This can range from between 1 and 11 times your stake depending on how many gold symbols you have active. Whenever a bonus symbol hits, the Fu value is added to the pop above the reels. This comes into play once you trigger the Free Games feature.
Free Games feature – to trigger this, you’ll need to land 6 or more bonus symbols on the same spin. Your reward is 6 free spins. You’ll be offered a selection of choices to add extra gold symbols to the reels during those free spins. The chosen gold animals plus the royal values and a yellow coin wild are in play during the free spins. Land 3 coins and you’ll receive 3 extra free spins. After the round is finished, the amount collected in the Fu value pot above the reels is added to whatever you’ve won from the free spins to give you an overall payout.
Top Up feature – this option is available when you trigger the free spins round. It’s a streak spin feature. The bonus symbols from the triggering spin, complete with their Fu value are held. Respins then follow. Here you’ll be hoping to see more bonus symbols or yellow or green coins.
Whenever a yellow coin lands, it awards the total amount from the Fu value coins from the triggering spin. For example, say the 6 bonus symbols totalled £4.40. Each yellow coin that lands pays £4.40. Better still is the green coin which awards the accumulated totals from everything – the bonus symbols plus all the yellow coins. This can deliver the really big payouts.
If you’re lucky enough to fill the whole of the reels with coins and bonus symbols during the Top Up feature, you’ll trigger the Grand Jackpot.
Jin Ji Bao Xi feature – You can also trigger this jackpot round at random. Once live, you’ll be shown a selection of coins. Keep on picking until you pick 3 that match. That’s then the prize you’ll win. There are 4 potential jackpots to be won here.
The action on offer in Jin Ji Bao Xi: Endless Treasure is quite complicated. This isn’t a slot to just sit back and hit autoplay. Get used to the unusual extras by having a few spins in demo mode. There are some good extras here but it can take a little getting used to.
Jin Ji Bao Xi: Eternal Treasure has been a big hit with land-based casino players. With its unusual bonus features, it should do just the same with online slot players too.