Gung Pow Slots

The Gung Pow is slot is all about the celebration in and around the Chinese New Year. On the reels you’ll find firecrackers, rockets, sparklers and Chinese lanterns, so you’ll certainly start the New Year with a bang, the title of the slot itself suggesting a game with attitude. This MicroGaming designed slot is one of a number of games with a Far Eastern theme, although you’d have to say this has a fresher, less formal look than many of its counterparts. You’ll enjoy both a free spins bonus round and many more ways to win than you’ll usually find online when playing.

The entire game is set against a background of a deep, rich burgundy colour, while gold lining is found around the reels. The celebration symbols offer a nice mix of red, green and orange to the reels, which is added to by the playing card symbols in a variety of bold colours. The symbols come to life when forming part of a win line, with the sparkling trail of fireworks illuminating the reels, giving the game a vibrant feel, which is added to by the accompanying sound which is a nice mix of the Oriental and the more generic sounds of a casino. The game has a fun element too, as a wild or a scatter landing will see these words emblazoned across the symbols much in the style of a comic book where the word ‘Bam!’ or ‘Kapow!’ might have appeared.

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  • Playing Gung Pow

    This slot has 5 reels and offers you 243 ways to win. Usually you’ll either choose or be given a set number of win lines, but this slot works slightly differently. The 243 ways to win guarantees you a win when landing symbols on adjacent reels from left to right irrespective of the position on the reels. You’ll pay 25 credits for each spin and choose the total bet size using the plus and minus buttons found on the control panel.

    The highest paying symbol at the game is the collection of rockets which win you 3,000 coins for five of a kind, while the other fireworks pay out 2,000. Both of these symbols pay out when landing two or more of a kind, while all of the other symbols require at least three. The Chinese lantern, the sparklers, the firecrackers and the playing card symbols complete the standard symbols on the reels.

    In a slot with 243 ways to win, the wilds become much more important, as they could potentially lead to a large number of added wins. The wild here is represented by the golden title of the slot and appears on reels 2 and 4. This will substitute for every other symbol apart from the scatters.

    If you are the type who likes to gamble (you’re playing a slot, of course you are!) you can try and double your money after a win. Click the gamble button which appears above the spin button and you’ll be taken to a screen showing a face down playing card. Simply choose whether you think the card is black or red and if you’re right you’ll double your win. If you choose correctly you’ll have the opportunity of gambling again.

    The scatter symbol is the distinctive round Chinese coin featuring a square hole in the centre. Unlike the wild, this appears on all 5 reels and should you land two or more you’ll win an immediate cash prize (up to a maximum of 25x your total stake for landing 5). Three or more scatters will also see you gain entry into the free spins bonus round. The free spins round sees the background of the slot change to a scene where fireworks cascade across the night sky, while the accompanying sound becomes much more upbeat. You’ll have 15 free spins and each comes along with a 3x multiplier, making for a highly profitable feature.

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    Final Verdict

    There is always a danger when producing a slot with an Oriental theme that any game might slip under the radar, at first sight appearing much the same as any other. However, MicroGaming has changed things up a little here. This game doesn’t have the ornate, traditional feel found at the majority of Far Eastern slots, the emphasis being more on celebration and fun here. The 243 ways to win also makes a difference. This isn’t quite enough to make this game really stand out, but for an enjoyable half an hour, the Gung Pow slot might just be ideal.