This Asian themed slot from Amaya stands out from the many other Far Eastern titles. The setting is familiar – a pagoda with red lanterns swaying in the wind. What is different is the characters on the reels. There is a baby Kung Fu expert (this is the ‘Little Master’ from the title), plus an old bearded mentor. Instead of fish and coins, you’ll see symbols involving breaking bricks, and different Kung Fu weapons in the reels.
You will also find 2 different bonus games. The main one is starts by picking a ‘challenge’ for the Little Master. This then leads to a free spins game with doubled wins. There is also a picks game, where you can win multiples of your spin amount.
Inside the cartoon-like pagoda that houses the reels, you’ll find a 5×3 grid with 25 win-lines crossing from the left. This slot is fully adjustable, with the number of lines and bet amount both changeable. There is a bet max button, though unusually – no auto spin option.
The best paying symbol is a pig. This character is wearing a purple robe and a golden crown. If you hit 5 of them on a win-line, you’ll get 5000 coins, with 1000 coins for 4, 200 coins for 3 and 5 coins for just 2 from the left. Next comes a pagoda, worth 3000 coins for 5, a river scene (1000 coins) and 2 pales of water joined by a bamboo stick (500).
No playing card symbols on the reels of this slot. Instead you will find items like knives, chop-sticks (holding a fly!), and a scroll to make up the smaller and more regular wins.
A fist breaking some bricks is a scatter symbol with 2 roles. First, it pays out wins as multiples of your spin bet for the total number in view. This is a big 200x your total spin amount if you are lucky enough to get 5 of a kind. Second, 3 of more of these will start the challenge picks game.
The final symbols are the Little Master and old mentor. These only appear on reels 2 and 4 respectively. If you get them individually, they are wild symbols – substituting for everything except for the scatters. If you get them together, the Master Challenge Bonus is triggered.
There are two challenge-themed bonus games. The first is the Master Challenge, which is the one triggered by getting the two characters on reels 2 and 4. Here you see a cartoon of the 2 people, with 3 coins above showing different challenges. You pick one coin, watch a short animation of the Little Master completing the challenge (for example lifting the water buckets). A message then appears letting you know how many free spins you have won. This can be up to 20.
For the free spins, there is some (Far East style) music – though the game looks the same. All wins are doubled. If you get the characters on reels 2 and 4 together, the number of free spins you won is added to your total again. You can trigger the scatter (picks) bonus game during play.
The Challenge bonus round involves picking 3 of the 5 challenges to reveal cash prizes. This is triggered by hitting 3 or more scatter symbols.
Some of the animations and sound effects on this slot are fun. The stand out for me is the bricks, which get smashed by a fist when the scatter symbols form a win. These are trumped by the Little Master, who does a flip when he lands on the reels. You’ll find a purple, red and gold scene around the reels – which does not look as garish as it sounds.
All the symbols are nicely drawn, and this slot certainly benefits from skipping the usual playing card symbols. Sounds are a mix of electronic Asian style tunes and win noises straight from the Amaya (retro) sound library.
If you enjoy Asian slots, then this one should be on your go-to list. The base game is a regular setup, though made entertaining by the cartoon symbols and animations. Things get more interesting when you get the 2 characters together. You can get up to 20 free spins with doubled prizes each time – and a shot at extending your free spins too. This is an enjoyable slot, which stands out from the many other Asian titles in a positive way.