Jade Idol Slot from Amaya
Jade Idol is another in a long line of slots with an Asian theme, although it has to be said that the symbols at this game are somewhat original and perhaps more up to date than you might find in other games. Examples of this are the high rise skyline and ‘Kitty’, a rather attractive looking lady who wears a jade on a necklace. However the ‘jade idol’ from the title is a green jade monkey which shines out from the reels. The game has two distinct features, a free spins bonus and a pick me round.
How to Win on Jade Idol
All of the added features at this game are activated by a combination of scatter symbols and wilds. The scatter symbol shows the high rise skyline, while there are two wilds; ‘Kitty’ who appears on reels 1, 2, 3 and 4, while the ‘Jade Idol’ monkey appears on reel 5.
The bonus round is activated when you land the skyline scatter symbol on reel one in combination with the jade idol on reel 5. You’ll now be presented with 9 of the green monkeys and your aim is to match three of the same symbols to win the displayed prize. If you don’t achieve this, you’ll win a consolation prize of 2x your triggering bet size.
Of course, as well as the bonus rounds, the wilds and the scatters each have their own uses. Any time a wild lands it will substitute for any other symbol on the reels apart from the scatter, giving you additional wins. The scatter symbol also pays out when you can land two or more across any of the reels. Land just 2 and you’ll receive your total stake for the spin back, while landing the maximum5 will see you pick up a generous 100x your total stake!
Of course, alongside these bonus wins, you’ll find some big payouts with your base wins too. The highest paying symbol is a large diamond, worth a very impressive 10,000 coins for the maximum five in a row, while a wooden Sampan pays 2,500 coins. A fan and a Chinese Lantern both pay 1,000 coins, while the standard symbols are completed by the playing cards 9, 10, J, Q, K and A. All of the symbols pay when landing three or more consecutive symbols from left to right on a win line.
Design and Setup
It has to be said that the game has a somewhat basic design. The backdrop to the reels shows the sea lit by moonlight, while a ship heads to the shore of a high rise city. This image looks good, but unfortunately the large, overly colorful white backed reels actually spoil the show. The playing card symbols dominate the reels, while even the theme based symbols have a very simple design. There is a distinct lack of animation at the game too, with a simple flashing of the symbols when you land a win, all apart from Kitty, who flashes a somewhat awkward looking smile. The accompanying sound isn’t going to set the world alight either, the simple clicking of the reels joined by a generic jingle every time you land a win.
This Amaya designed slot is played out on five reels, each of these showing three symbols. With just 9 win lines, this is a much smaller amount than many similar slots, although you do have the further option of reducing this number to any between 1 and 9. You’ll also find a ‘bet size’ option, which ranges from 1 to 10, meaning a spin can cost a total of 90 credits, if this is set to 10 alongside the maximum 9 win lines.
The Jade Idol slot isn’t one that is going to make a big impression amongst the large number of Asian themed slots you’ll find at any online casino. This is mainly due to the very basic graphics at the slots, which might dissuade many from playing. This is actually a shame as the gameplay is quite good. The way you’ll activate the features is quite different from the norm, giving the game a unique quality and both the features can be particularly profitable at times.