Play n Go are the creators of this online slot game which, as the name states, is themed around the Chinese New Year. It is a five reel online slot with three rows, fifteen pay lines and a top prize of 5 000 coins. Each pay line allows a stake of up to five coins with value of the coins varying from 0.01 to 0.25.
Chinese New Year has an auto spin feature where up to fifty consecutive spins can be selected. These can be stopped at any time or set to stop on specific occurrences. After every win the gamble feature may be activated by clicking on the specific button below the reels. The aim is to guess whether a facedown paying card is red or black to double the win or to guess the suit of the card in order to quadruple the win.
Animal Symbols and Pay Outs
The oriental theme presents traditional Chinese tunes and the animals that represent each zodiac symbol. They are displayed in a cartoonlike manner and consist of dragons; monkeys; dogs; rats; horses; pigs; tigers; snakes and more. Red, yellow and green are the featured colours surrounding the Chines New Year reels as they are considered lucky colours. Red is known to bring good fortune, yellow brings good luck and green brings prosperity.
The higher valued regular symbols include the rats, the ox, the rabbits and the snakes. These symbols pay out up to 1 000 coins, 750 coins, 500 coins and again 500 coins respectively. The remaining animal symbols represent the lower valued symbols, the wild and two bonus symbols.
The Tiger and Dragon Symbol Features
The tiger symbol is the Chinese New Year wild symbol. This symbol will replace any of the regular symbols to assist in creating winning combinations on a pay line. It is also the highest valued symbol paying out the 5 000 coin jackpot for five on an active pay line with the maximum stake.
The dragon is the symbol that triggers the fireworks bonus game. It will only ever be seen on reels three, four and five and when it appears on those reels simultaneously the screen will present five fireworks. Here the fireworks will be ignited and set off while multiplying the stake up to 150x. If a firework fails to ignite the bonus round will end.
The Free Spins Bonus Round Feature
The monkey is the features symbol that triggers the Chinese New Year online slot free spins bonus round feature. The monkey will only ever appear on the first, second and third reels and when a minimum of three appear a second screen becomes visible with the monkey lighting up a fireworks wheel that has the Chinese New Year animal symbols on it.
The wheel spins until it lands on one of the animal symbols. That symbol then becomes the additional scatter symbol for the free spins round. These extra scatters expand on the reels during the feature offering additional winning potential. After the scatter is revealed the monkey hits a gong to reveal the number of free spins that are awarded.