Chinese mythology, folklore, and popular culture lay a lot of importance on numbers. The number 8 is considered one such number. Bally Technologies has worked this theme and also used it in the name for its new slot game called 88 Fortunes. It is available to you on the desktop, but also on all variety of mobile devices, making it a convenient option for you. There are 5 reels arranged in 3 rows, and the game offers 243 different ways of winning. Being based on the theme of Chinese luck, it is filled with Chinese imagery. It uses the All Up game engine. This means that you can buy gold symbols to improve the chances of winning.
88 Fortunes – RTP and Maximum Win
The producers of this game have taken the theme of 8 pretty seriously. The minimum and maximum bet amounts have the number 8 in them. You can start with 88p a spin (which we felt was steep, and they could have kept it at 8p or 18p as well). The highest best amount is £88, as expected. The winning combinations are to be formed in the traditional way, from left to right. The maximum wins can pile up, with the bonus features, and the progressive jackpot. In fact, there is a choice of 4 jackpots – Grand, Major, Minor, and Mini. The RTP rate of this slot game is 95.95%. This percentage tells you the average returns to player that can be expected after deducting the House advantage for Bally.
88 Fortunes Symbols
In the Chinese language, the character Fu stands for good fortune. In terms of imagery, it is often represented as a male God, and one of three in the holy triumvirate of Fu, Lu, and Shou. The word ‘bat’ in Chinese sounds just like the word for luck (Fu). This is the reason the Fu Bat symbol occupies such an important position in this game.
In all the other symbols as well, red and gold are the two predominant colors, which is common for those who are familiar with Chinese culture. The game has six basic symbols which are (except one) related to the theme. These symbols are:
- Playing card symbols – Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, and 9
- Gold bars
- Chinese dollar
You can bet at five different levels. At each level, one of the above symbols will be golden. At that stage, it will have better payouts than normal. The particular symbol that would be gold can be known by you before spinning. It is highlighted in the upper left corner of your screen. How many gold symbols you have at any point of time also determine which of the five jackpots you get! But in general, the golden eagle is the highest paying symbol among the ones listed above. If you get 5 of them in a row, you are good to get 1000 coins!
The Fu Bat symbol only appears on the middle three reels out of five (2nd, 3rd, and 4th). It is the Wild symbol for this game. The other special symbol is a Chinese gong. When it appears, the bonus features get activated. Speaking of which, let us take a peek at the bonus features available for you.
88 Fortunes Bonus
You would be eligible for a Fu Bat jackpot feature. When it is triggered, you aim to get three or more Baby symbols and win the big prize. You get to choose from 12 lucky coins till the 3 Baby symbols are revealed to give you your jackpot. We already told you the names of the 4 available jackpots, and these cute babies can help you win any one of them.
You can also get a Free Games feature. This is triggered by the Gong symbol, and you need to land at least 3 of them to get the feature activated. The bonus gives you 10 free spins. We told you about the 6 low-value card symbols earlier (A, K, Q, J, 10, and 9). When the free games round gets activated, these symbols get replaced by the 5 major value symbols. Once in a while, you also get additional free spins. This game, unlike others, does not place any limits to the number of free spins you can win. Overall, quite player-friendly rules, in our opinion!
Like a typical Chinese themed game, 88 Fortunes is full of color, and that is one of the things we liked about this game. The lilting Chinese background music is another great plus. The symbols were not too many for a newbie to master. The only thing that you need to remember and get used to is the five golden symbols levels. You need this to be able to get access to the four jackpots. The wins were pretty rewarding, although the time taken must have led to the average RTP of this game. We still loved it and would recommend it strongly to you.