MicroGaming’s Oriental Fortune is another slot to add to the long list of Far Eastern themed games found at any online casino. This game has a decidedly ancient feel. On the reels you’ll find dragons and beasts alongside a beautiful Geisha girl. A koi fish appears in another symbol, while a delightful Asian scene appears in another.
The gameplay is incredibly straightforward for a five-reel slot. You have a wild symbol, but aside from that you have no other features at all. What makes the game unusual however is that it pays from both left to right and from right to left.
Oriental Fortune is a five-reel slot featuring three rows of symbols on each of the reels. The game has a total of 5 win-lines, but players can choose to play any or all of the five. Lines 1, 2 and 3 are the straightforward centre, upper and lower horizontals across the reels. Line 4 starts at the top left, hits the bottom on reel 3 and then rises to the top of reel5. Line 5 is the mirror image of line 4, starting at the bottom left.
In theory, you could say that the game has double the amount of win lines, as the slot pays both ways (from left to right and from right to left). This will give players many more winning opportunities. There’ll be many spins when you’ll win and haven’t realised that any of the symbols lined up.
The control panel sits beneath the reels. Here you’ll set the coin value and the number of lines. Hitting ‘Spin’ will set the reels in motion with your chosen number of lines. Hitting ‘Bet Max’ will spin the reels with all 5 win-lines in play.
As this slot offers little in the way of features, you’ll quickly notice that the win amounts in the base game are larger than usual. The highest paying symbol in the game shows the title logo, set against an explosion of colour. Land this symbol five times in a row on one of the 5 win-lines and you’ll win 5,000 coins. A golden beast, with sharp fangs and a long mane is next on the pay table, worth 3,000 coins for the maximum five in a row. A green, fearsome dragon completes the higher paying symbols, worth 2,000 coins. It’s certainly unusual to find three ‘standard’ symbols at any slot with four-figure pay outs.
At the lower end of the pay scale you have the koi fish, which pays 700 coins. The scenic blue coloured symbol contains an ancient dwelling and pays 600 coins. The standard symbols are completed by the playing cards 10, J, Q and K which have top prizes of between 100 and 500 coins.
The most important symbol in this game is the wild. This is represented by the Geisha girl symbol and will substitute for any other symbol on the reels (no exclusions this time). This wild doesn’t have a pay-out amount associated with it, but land five in a row and you’ll win the top prize of 5,000 coins (as offered by the logo symbol).
The design of the game is as simple as the gameplay. Here, the focus is very much on the reels, these larger than at many other games. Behind the reels, there is a repeating purple Asian style pattern, but with space limited, this appears only on the edges of the game.
Reels have a plain white backing. However, the highlight of the slot is certainly the design of the symbols. The Geisha Girl, the dragon and the beast are the standout symbols, and each has an impressive and colourful look. Animation when winning might have improved the visuals even further.
Throughout play there is a gentle and soothing traditional tune accompanying you. This soundtrack does a fine job of transporting you back in time to ancient Asia.
Oriental Fortune is a slot that will appeal to those who like their slot gaming simple. The game has little or no distractions and will therefore play faster than many other games. This lack of features offers the opportunity for bigger wins than usual in the base game – a good run can see some huge gains. The game is a high-variance one. You can have some longer than usual losing runs, but one win and you’ll reap the rewards. For something a little different, Oriental Fortune is worth a spin.