Translated, this title means ‘God of Wealth’ in Chinese. The far-eastern theme is popular for online slots, though there are few other titles which combine this with the ‘reel power’ options offered in Aristocrat’s live and online slot.
Choy Sun Doa has many familiar symbols. These include the carp, dragon and red packet (considered to be lucky in the east). There is a free spins round where you can choose between either more spins or bigger multipliers. With up to 243 winning combinations on every spin, there is plenty of opportunity for the smaller wins to add up while you are waiting for that lucky spin to bring you a big prize.
The design is solid, though the graphics do not really compete with today’s slot creations. You’ll find the familiar sounds from all Aristocrat slots, including the galloping clicks as the reels stop. The computer sounds for winning lines are very retro, and very much unique to Aristocrat titles.
The first thing you’ll notice as unusual in this game is that you can select the number of reels to play. If you play all 5 (this is the default), then there are the full 243 winning combinations. This is any sequence of symbols starting at the left hand side. You can select 4 reels, which removes the top and bottom row of the 5th reel. This gives you 81 winning combinations instead. 3 reels leaves 27 combos and with 1 reel just 3 winning combinations are possible.
Next you choose your bet size. Online this starts at just 2c, though live casinos will have larger starting requirements. The maximum bet is $4, which is $100 per spin when playing all 5 reels. Like all Aristocrat slots, there is an autoplay option which lets you choose from between 5 and 500 spins. You will also be offered the chance to gamble any wins on the draw of a card, guessing either red / black or suits.
Golden dragons are the top symbols in Choy Sun Doa. 5 of these will land you 1000 coins. Gold coins and jade rings award 800 coins for 5 on a win-line. The Carp and red packet make up the other standard wins. You’ll find the familiar playing cards, ace through to nine on this slot too.
The God of Wealth is the wild symbol, substituting for any symbol apart from the ingot, which is the scatter. Choy Sun Doa only appears on reels 2, 3 and 4.
3 or more of the gold ingots will start the free spins feature round. Before you spin, you will get to choose from 5 different combinations of spins and multipliers. In all of these games, if the God symbol makes up part of the winning combination, the win will be multiplied by the amounts offered. The Choyces start with 5 spins and multipliers up to 30x, through to 20 spins with multipliers up to 5x. Whichever you choose, if you start this game with the full 243 ways setup, you’ll have many more chances to multiply those wins. I recommend you choose all 5 reels, and reduce your coin size if required.
As an extra bonus during the free spins, the red package on reels 1 and 5 awards a random prize of up to 50 coins.
This is reasonably similar to 5 Dragons, with only the ability to select the number of reels making a real difference. 50 Dragons does give you this kind of configurability, based on the standard win-lines setup – with much more up to date graphics too. You might also like to try the Lucky 88 slot or even the Wild Panda. Choy Sun Doa matches up to the best of these, though for me does not stand out from the crowd.
If you like the Eastern slots, then the combination of ‘reel power’ play and the potential for big wins in the bonus round make this a solid Choyce. While the graphics are not the most up to-date, Aristocrat have made this a very playable game, and one which is bound to have loyal fans.