There are plenty of Asian themed slots online. In fact, MicroGaming, who produced this game, have many more to choose from. Popular options include Shanghai Beauty and Untamed Giant Panda. Asian Beauty stands out by focusing on traditionally beautiful Asian women. You will find them on the reels besides ingots of gold and silver and lotus blossoms. Music is traditional, which turns to an Asian pop tune during the free spins game.
Unusually, there is a feature which happens completely at random. This is called the ‘Mirror Bonus’. You reveal Asian beauties by clicking on a grid of mirrors. In addition, you’ll find a free spins bonus game, where any wins that you trigger are doubled.
An all-ways winning system is in place for this slot. There are 243 possible combinations – crossing a 5 reel by 3 row grid. You need to bet 30 coins to enable all the winning combinations. These coins start at 1c, and you’ll be able to play up to 10 coins per ‘line’. Auto play is available, though you will need to toggle to the ‘expert’ control panel to find it.
When you spin the reels, they appear to be moving in different directions – rather than all tumbling towards you.
The logo symbol has the biggest prize. This is also wild. It pays 2000 coins for 5 of a kind, 100 coins for 4, 25 for 3 and 10 coins for just 2 from the left. This will substitute for the other regular symbols. In an all-ways slot, wilds will often create several extra wins by substituting for various symbols at once.
Higher paying symbols are represented by the 4 Asian beauties. These are distinctive colours, making each one easy to spot on the reels. They each have the same prize of 200 coins for 5. The two ingots follow this, worth 75 coins each for gold or silver if you hit 5 of a kind. Finally come the blossom and lotus flower. There are no playing card symbols on this slot.
Scatter symbols have a big top prize. These show an ornate case, and have the word ‘scatter’ on them in green. If you hit 5 on a single spin, you will win 100x your total bet amount. You need 3 or more scatters to trigger the free spins bonus game.
There are no symbols that trigger the mirror bonus, this occurs at random while you play. The reels disappear and you see 4 lines of linked mirrors. Around these are the 4 ladies from the reels – or rather full-length versions of them. Each has a multiplier, applied to your total bet amount. The top is 30x your bet.
You simply click on the mirrors, revealing the ladies. The first time you hit 3 of one type, that is the multiplier you receive.
Free spins are played on the same reels and at the same coin size as the triggering spin. You get 10, 15 or 25 free spins for 3, 4 or 5 scatters. While the music steps up (becomes more modern), the main attraction of this bonus is that all your wins will be doubled. You can retrigger for more spins with the scatter symbols.
Before you get too interested in the Asian beauties – keep in mind that the style is cartoon-like, rather than realistic. This is a well-produced game, though it is not the most up to date. Above the reels are blossoms, with mountains in the background and a moon. The reels are a plain beige colour.
There are animations for each of the ladies, though these are not too complex or interesting. The best thing about the base game is the chilled Asian music. This adds a little atmosphere to what is best describes as a ‘tried and trusted’ base game.
The mirror bonus includes some different graphics of the Asian Beauties. You’ll see well drawn full-length versions of them around the reels.
If you enjoy solid Asian style slots, then there is no reason this should not be added to your play-list. There are some differences to most other slots in this niche. First, the picks game (Mirror Bonus) is randomly triggered, popping in unexpectedly and offering some mid-sized wins. Second, the free spins game comes with a multiplier.