88 Fortunes Slot Review
The slot stands out from the portfolio of Bally’s games in terms of graphics and features. A classic 2D design is used, but unlike other slots from Bally the game screen looks cluttered by numerous buttons and indicators to the right and left of the reels. All of them bear some useful information on the game but it will take you some time to sort through the purpose of each.
Let’s start from the left section where five buttons are present. These are for choosing a bet level and unlocking jackpots. If you are more of a low-roller, press the lowermost button, thus limiting your bet to the maximum of $8. The downside is that no jackpots will be in play. Buttons 2, 3 and 4 numbered from the bottom upwards increase a total bet and unlock one more jackpot each. And finally, pressing (or tapping) the top button (5) makes all the jackpots available. It is strongly recommended to play on level 5 because it is pointless to be given a chance to grab the life-changing jackpot but do not take it. If you do activate level 5, the minimum and maximum bets would be $0.88 and $88 per spin.
How to become richer than you are?
The four jackpot windows are found on the right-hand side, with all of them showing amounts, unless you have chosen a level other than 5, in which case some higher jackpot windows will be locked, literally, with door locks drawn on them. Jackpots vary depending on your bet. Suppose you play at the minimum. Then Mini, Minor, Major and Grand jackpots will be $20, $37.50, $750 and $2000 accordingly. As soon as you decide to wager $88, the jackpot sums skyrocket to display $2000, $3750, $75000 and $200 000 accordingly.
The jackpots are won in a very interesting fashion. In many jackpot-equipped slots the player needs to hit a certain symbol combination to get awarded a jackpot or to enter a bonus round where the jackpot can be won. Or in some slots, jackpots are granted randomly. In 88 Fortunes, neither works. There is a Fu Bat wild symbol that substitutes for other symbols but its key feature is that it tries to trigger a jackpot. Why the word “tries” is used? The wild appears often and substitutes when needed. If the random number generator calculates to your favor, the wild would trigger a bonus game where you can win one of four jackpots, provided all of them are unlocked with your playing on Level 5. This jackpot-triggering ability of the wild symbol manifests itself rarely and is absolutely random, so every time the wild appears, you will get frozen in anticipation of whether that wild is merely a substitute or a harbinger of a jackpot.
Jackpots are a great thing but they do occur rarely. The bulk of your wins will come from regular payouts that are generated by non-feature symbols including playing cards, a golden coin, a golden turtle, a golden turtle and some other golden items that the Chinese consider to attract luck, money and other positive aspects of everyone’s life. The top three regular awards are $1000 (five abstract decorations depicting what resembles a bird), $500 (a ship) and $400 (a turtle).
A gong symbol is a scatter. It counts in any position and pays out up to $4400 for five. If you get less than five (but more than two), you will be paid less but the slot awards you 10 free spins. There are three pieces of good news about free spins:
- 1) They come at no cost
- 2) Window of opportunities for a jackpot of any type is not closed
- 3) Only high symbols are on the reels. Low-paying poker cards (9 to A) are removed altogether during free spins. The outcome is clear: only good winnings will come.
This 5-reel slot is for true connoisseurs of out-of-the-box solutions and very big jackpots. It does not matter if you like Chinese culture or not because the features used here, including free spins, wilds and more, leverage every opportunity to bring you endless fun.