Head to any online casino and you’ll find a whole host of slots with an Asian theme and Jade Idol is another one to add to that list. On the reels, you’ll find a nice mix of symbols related to the region including a Sampan, a decorated fan, a Chinese Lantern, a Jade monkey and the beautiful Kitty who wears a Jade around her neck.
This game has two bonus features – one offering free spins with a nice added multiplier, while the other is a pick me bonus round based around the Jade monkeys.
Jade Idol is a five-reel slot that pays from left to right. Unusually in today’s slot market, the game has just nine win-lines, which will suit those players who want to keep the cost of each spin down. This slot also caters for players who like to bet on the higher side, as players can choose the bet size from between 1 and 10, meaning the total cost for a spin can be up to 90 credits.
The highest paying symbol in the game is a large sparkling diamond and if you land five of these in a row you’ll pick up an incredible 10,000 coins. This far outweighs the pay out of any other symbol in the game. The Sampan is next on the pay table and is worth 2,500 coins, while both the fan and the Chinese Lantern have a top prize of 1,000 coins. The standard symbols are completed by the playing cards 9, 10, J, Q, K and A.
The wild symbol is represented by the beautiful Kitty (if you can consider a cartoon style character beautiful). This symbol only makes an appearance on reels 1, 2, 3 and 4 and will substitute for every other symbol in the game apart from the scatter. As it appears on only four of the reels, there is no pay out amount for this wild, but it will of course aid in landing those wins with other symbols.
The first bonus feature is quite a simple pay-out for landing the scatter symbol twice or more across any of the reels. This scatter is represented by a brilliant skyline and you’ll win your stake back, 5x your stake, 15x and 100x for hitting 2, 3, 4 or 5 respectively.
The second bonus feature involves the same scatter symbol. If you manage to land the scatter symbol on reel one, alongside the Jade Monkey on reel 5, you’ll now enter the bonus round. You’ll now find a display of 9 Jade monkeys and you’ll select them one by one. Your aim is to match any three with the same symbol and you’ll win the prize attached. If you fail to match three symbols, you’ll win a consolation prize of 2x your triggering bet.
The free spins feature is activated by landing Kitty on reel one and a Jade monkey on reel 5. You’ll now be awarded five free spins and the good news is that any wins during the free games will be doubled. During the free spins, you can still enable the bonus round, while you can also retrigger the free spins – this will mean that 5 more spins will be added to your existing total.
Jade Idol is set against the backdrop of a sea scene at night, a large Sampan drifting towards the shore where high rise buildings with lights twinkling await. Unfortunately, this is the highlight in terms of the visuals, as the action on the reels looks outdated. After each spin, you’ll find that the reels are dominated by the playing card symbols and each of these look hastily designed, while even the themed symbols will not excite. The accompanying sound to the game is a little better, giving a small nod to the Far Eastern theme in places.
If you take away the average visuals of this Amaya designed slot, you have a game which could be interesting. The way in which each of the features is activated is unique, and while neither of these will really get you excited, they do add some nice variety to the game. Add in the scatter pay out too and you have a lot going on aside from the base game. However, the graphics do play an important role at any slot, and this slot just isn’t up to the standard of many other Far Eastern themed games.