The story centres on one of the highest Chinese deity incarnations and mythological ruler of Chinese Empire, The Yellow Emperor himself.
Although slot developers often draw inspiration from rich Asian culture and tradition, the theme is usually over-generalised, including only the most popular symbols.
In this case, Microgaming went a step further and focused the storyline on a particular character, bringing us closer to Chinese legends and their ancient mythical life.
The symbols are of course closely connected to the theme. Apart from the Huangdi, higher level icons include his sword, dragon, medicine box and other artefacts from Chinese heritage.
Lower value symbols are standard and less imaginative A, K, Q, J and number 10. They were however made more appealing by being styled according to calligraphy rules.
What We Love
The graphics and animations are pretty cool, resembling Kung Fu movies in style, or at least how we remember them. Animation may at times seem just a little bit outdated, but we choose to believe that the developer was going for a more traditional approach. Modernising the theme would possibly ruin the general atmosphere.
As for the bonus rounds, we particularly liked the Stacked Huangdi Wild. During Free Spins mode, this symbol is stacked on reel one, expanding all other wilds that land on the near by reels and form a combination with it.
Scatter symbol that increase the stake by 10x and 100x in the combination of 4 and 5 was a rather nice touch as well as the re-triggerable Free Spins.
What We Do Not Like
Since the main action is reserved for the Free Spins mode, we expected to see some win multipliers, however we were sadly disappointed.
We are not complaining, especially as Scatter stake increase, expanding Wilds and re-triggerable free spins are pretty decent. The fact remains though that there are many slots nowadays that double the Free Spins wins by default.
One other remark would refer to the slot’s appearance. Although we personally like the graphics and sound effects, they may seem somewhat crude, especially considering the available technologies. On the other hand, we feel that this “basic” approach compliments the theme and atmosphere.
You bet. The player can win 1,000 coins in the main game and even up to 60.000 coins in Free Spins bonus rounds.
With the lowest possible bet of $0.25 and highest stake of $125, Huangdi The Yellow Emperor is a low variance slot covering a wide range of playing preferences. The theoretical return to player is over 96%, which is generally considered as pretty good.
With plenty of Free Spins to go around and possible help from Scatters to increase your stake, we have no doubt that this slot will keep you busy for quite some time.
It seems that the world has not yet had enough of Chinese tradition based slots. From the looks of it, the market definitely has room for more.