Silk Road Slots Machine
The Silk Road was the major trading route through Asia which was first used in 114BC and was still in operation in the 1450’s. The name came from the lucrative Chinese silk that would be carried along the route from China, through India and onto the Mediterranean Sea. The trading route is said to have had a significant impact on the civilizations along the way, due to the route seeing philosophical, cultural, political and religious ideas passed on – as well as disease. The Silk Road is now a basis for a slot by Aristocrat, featuring a free spins bonus feature and ‘Reel Power’ which offers 243 ways to win on each spin.
On loading the game, you are met by the golden reels set upon a mountainous terrain, the sun giving the sky streaks of orange and gold. On the reels you’ll find a trader, reels of silk, a golden moth used for the manufacture of the silk, a ship showing the moth symbol on its sails, a flagon of wine and an imposing fortress which is presumably the destination for the trader. The reels are completed by the colourful playing card letters and numbers from 9 to Ace. The accompanying sound to the slot is mostly generic, when a more relevant soundtrack might have been more apt.
Playing Silk Road
You’ll find the same five reels at the Silk Road slot as you’ll find at many other online slots, however with 243 ways to win, the game offers a very different experience. This is due to the ‘Reel Power’ feature which is trademarked by Aristocrat gaming. Yes, you’ll need to land to land consecutive symbols from left to right to win, but these wins will come wherever the symbols appear on the reels with no worrying about win lines. These 243 ways to win come at the cost of just 25 credits.
When it comes to the symbols on the reels, there are four particular high paying ones. The trader is the highest paying giving you a win of 2,500 coins when the symbol appears on all 5 reels, while the fortress pays 2,000 coins and both the ship and the flagon pay 1,000 coins. These trump the playing card symbols which pay out a maximum of 200 coins.
The roll of silk is the wild symbol at the slot and will only appear on reels two and four. This symbol will substitute for any other at the slot apart from the Moth scatter symbol. This isn’t the most exciting wild symbol during standard play, but it does become much more prominent during the feature round.
Moths can be something of a pain, especially when they fly out of a wardrobe after having eaten a hole through your favourite item of clothing, but you’ll enjoy them at this slot. Firstly should you land five in a row, you’ll win 1,250 coins, however as the scatter symbol, landing three or more will give you access to the feature round of the slot.
Bonus Game for Silk Road
If you like a slot with a good number of free spins, you’ll enjoy Silk Road. You are guaranteed at least ten if you land the minimum three scatters, with five spins added for each additional scatter. When the moth wild appears on reel two and forms part of a win, the win will be subject to a 3x multiplier. It gets even better when the moth forms part of a win on reel, this time a 5x multiplier being applied. However, it’s when the moth aids a win on both of the reels that you’ll gain the biggest boost – your win being multiplied by 15!
Silk Road relies on the solid Aristocrat game-play, and does not offer anything completely new. The theme is a unique mixture (covering Asian and Middle Eastern symbols). The 243 winning combinations and multipliers during the bonus game are enough to keep things interesting. While graphically this slot is a little retro, it is still worth taking for a spin.