Fortune’s Way Slots Machine
Fortune’s Way slot machine is one of a number of games with an Asian theme in the Aristocrat catalog. This game isn’t as big on bonus features as some other recent games such as Three Emperors and Lucky Pig – though is an enjoyable slot nevertheless.
The highlight of the game is certainly the bonus feature, where you’ll start with an award of free slot games – but then you’ll have the option of trading these spins for two other options.
This feature gives the slot some nice added strategy, while the base game is enhanced by multiplying wilds that appear on the middle reel.
How to Win on Fortune’s Way
In many ways this is a standard five-reel slot, this game has a total of 30 win lines which pay from left to right. To win you’ll need to hit at least 3 in a row. The biggest paying symbol is the beautiful warrior holding a sword, who also appears on the cabinet. Hit this symbol five times in a row and you’ll pick up a prize of 500 coins. This symbol is joined by pink flowers, an ornate blue fan, a golden ring and the playing cards 9, 10, J, Q, K and A.
The game has a wild symbol which appears on reels 2, 3 and 4. In keeping with the straightforward nature of the game, this symbol simply shows the word ‘wild’. However, there is a nice added bonus with the wild symbol in that it can appear stacked on the middle reel. Not only this, but you might also see a random multiplier of 2x or 3x added to these middle reel wilds. Land a win with one of these wilds and the multiplier will be applied to the win amount shown on the pay table.
Fortune’s Way Bonus Feature Choices
The bonus feature at Fortune’s Way is much more interesting than it first seems. To enter this feature you’ll need to land three or more of the bonus symbol in a row on a win line – this symbol represented by a golden dragon. If you hit three in a row or more you’ll gain an immediate 8 free spins. However, you will find yourself with an added bonus on occasions, as if more than one win line shows three or more dragons in a row, you’ll gain the free spins for each line. This can lead to a situation where you might find yourself with 24 free spins, 32 free spins or more. The wild symbol substitutes for the bonus symbol, which is unusual – and this can certainly aid in hitting those multiple bonus wins.
What makes the feature even more interesting is the fact that you’ll be given a choice of bonus feature. Yes, you can simply opt to take the free spins awarded to you, these spins playing out in exactly the same way as the base game. However, you will have two further options.
The first of these is a bonus pay out. If you select this option you’ll land an immediate random pay out and miss out on the free spins. This is certainly an interesting option – the win amount could be huge or tiny, so this is the high variance option of the three.
The other option is to take the ‘Super Free Spins’. If you had managed to land 24 free spins, you’ll be offered something in the region of 8 super free spins. Every win triggered during the super free spins will be multiplied by 3.
Fortune’s Way Warrior-Themed Design
This isn’t one of the slots housed in a huge cabinet, though despite this, the game certainly stands out. The beautiful warrior dressed in red ready for battle with a sword raised above her head is a striking visual that appears on both the reels and the cabinet and this alone will be sure to attract players’ attention. The reels themselves are designed in gold with an ornate edging while the symbols add a nice splash of color to the reels. The accompanying traditional Asian style soundtrack does a great job of transporting you to the Far East.
Fortune’s Way – Overview
If I told you this was a slot with something of a standard base game and a free spins bonus round, you might immediately think that this is just another slot on the casino floor. However, this game is much more than that. The wilds with added multipliers in the base game make your standard play much more enjoyable, while the bonus feature is a real winner. Having the choice of exactly how you want to play this feature is a nice touch and gives the player some control over the level of variance.
Fortune’s Way has now been joined by a bigger and more impressive version – Fortune’s Way Gold.