88 Fortunes slot from SG Digital is themed on Chinese good luck. Did you know that 8 was an auspicious number?
But with so many other Chinese-themed games around like Emperor’s Garden, The Legend of Shangri-La and Bamboo Rush, does 88 Fortunes have what it takes to compete? It comes with 4 Progressive Jackpots which is impressive. Compare that to some of your more traditional slots like Immortal Fruits and you will start to see where this game is coming from.
Visually there’s a lot going on in this slot, plus a large dollop of red and gold – traditionally auspicious colours in China. It rather reminds me of the Ingots of Cai Shen slot from All41 Studios. Except it hasn’t got the God of Wealth in it.
Your reels are set on a backdrop of ornate red and gold, topped by an elaborate bowl overflowing with fortune cookies and a chubby pair of smiling children either side of it. The soundtrack to your spins is a delightfully old-fashioned ditty with flutes, gongs and guzhengs. Expect a mega chime every time you land a win. It’s divine!
88 Fortunes Slot Game Play
88 Fortunes slot has 6 reels, 3 rows and 243 ways to win unlike a pay-lines game such as Age of Conquest or Book of Loki. You land winning combos by matching icons left to right on adjacent reels.
Your reel icons are made up of a treasure trove of theme-related symbols; the highest paying icon is a golden dove (5x of these and you’ll scoop 1,000 coins) plus a traditional junk boat, a golden tortoise, stacks of gold bowls and golden ingot coins.
The 9, 10, J, Q, K & A playing cards make up the lower value icons and they are styled up in bright colours.
The golden gong is Scatter symbol and this game’s Wild icon is a traditional Chinese character Fu Ba that symbolises happiness and joy. It will land on on reels 2, 3 and 4 only.
Hit 3x gong Scatters and you’ll set off the Free Spins bonus. You’ll be given 10 spins and during this feature all the lower value icons will be removed and replaced by higher value picture symbols. This can make for some decent pays my slot loving chums!
Fu Bat Progressive Jackpots
This slot comes with 4 jackpots; a Mini, Minor, Major and Grand. By adding more gold to your pot, you can increase your stake and increase your chances of getting the bigger jackpots!
Each time a wild Fu Bat symbol lands on the reels, the jackpot game can be randomly triggered. Get lucky and you’ll be taken to a new screen where you must pick coins until you find 3x matching ones. Manage this and you’ll scoop one of the jackpot prizes! FYI: you must wager at least 18 credits even to win the mini jackpot…
All Up Feature
Play the All Up mechanism (at the top left of the screen) to guarantee you a trigger of the Fu Bat jackpots. But, you’ll have to have deep pockets for the 200,000 Grand Jackpot – at a hefty 88.00 credits per spin.
The Monkey Verdict
I’m a big fan of 88 Fortunes slot. It comes with bags of atmosphere and the bonus features trigger more often than you’d expect from a high variance game. It’s one of the best Far Eastern themed slots out there!
A quick tip: If you want to play for the bigger jackpots, don’t forget to go All Up with either x4 or x5 gold symbols.