This Amaya slot manages to cram a whole lot of Asian clichés into a single game. The 8s in the title refer to the lucky number – these replace playing card symbols. There are also dragons, koi carp, pandas and fans. Add the setting of a traditional pagoda, and some classic sound effects – and you have a slot which is unmistakably Asian.
You’ll find multiplier wilds on the reels, which have a big top line prize. There is a single bonus game. This is a free spins round where you pick lanterns and coins to determine how many spins you get and what multiplier is applied.
The base setup is a standard 5-reel video slot. This one has 3 rows of symbols on each reel, and 20 win-lines cross over from the left-hand side. You can bet from 20 coins – and add a multiplier of up to 10x. You can also up your coin size for even bigger bets. An auto play option can be found to the right of the spin button.
The wild symbol is a vivid traditional mask with the word ‘wild’ written on it. This has an outsized top prize compared to the other symbols. 5 of them will get you 5000 coins, with 1000 for 4, 100 for 3 and 15 for just 2. For comparison, the next biggest prize is 300 coins for 5 of the Chinese dragon symbols. The wilds will substitute for the regular symbols, and will apply a 2x multiplier to any win that they are a part of. They do not substitute for the fans or the lantern symbols.
After the dragon, the high paying symbols are completed by a panda (250 for 5), heron (also 250) and a Koi carp (200). After this there are 5 different 8-symbols. These are different colors and show a dragon wrapped around each one (all different poses). These make up the smaller wins, paying between 150 for 5 (yellow ones) and 60 (dark blue).
Fans are scatter symbols. These do not trigger any bonuses, though they do have prizes based on your total bet. If you hit 5 anywhere in view, you win 200x your spin amount. You’ll get 15x for 4, 2x for 3 and 1x for just 2.
Lanterns with the word ‘bonus’ over them trigger the main feature. You’ll need 3 anywhere in view to start this. There is no advantage to hitting more than 3.
The feature starts with a street view, showing 6 lanterns suspended between buildings. These become highlighted when you hover your mouse over them. You click on one, and it will reveal how many free spins you get. This is between 4 and 7. You will see some coins fall from the lamp to the street when you click.
Next, you zoom in on those 6 coins. Again, you can highlight them by hovering. You pick one, which reveals a win multiplier between 3x and 6x. This is applied to all your wins for the free spins game.
Free spins then start, using the same reels as the base game. The main difference is an upbeat, modern interpretation of a traditional Chinese tune. After each spin, you will see how much you won after your multiplier was used.
There are a lot of colors and designs for the symbols, which gives this game a rich and varied look. The reels are set in a wooden pagoda, with scrolls beneath this as the control buttons. Around he reels are rolling green hills with mountains and a purple sunset behind.
All the symbols, even the filler ‘8’ ones are drawn in a lot of detail. The standout for me is the dragon’s head. This breathes fire when it is involved in a win. The lantern bonus symbols also look good. You’ll hear a crash as each one lands.
Graphics are excellent for the picks rounds. You’ll see a street in a traditional city, with classic red lanterns and round coins with square holes in the middle.
Amaya has produced a solid Asian slot which manages to cram in just about every symbol you’ll find on similar titles. There is only a single bonus game. The picks do make this more interesting, though I would imagine that the novelty would wear off fast. Multiplier wilds, and multipliers during the free spins give you the potential for some bigger wins.