China River Slot Machine
I can picture this slot in the long aisles of a Vegas casino. This Bally number has all of the characteristics which made them such a big success in the live setting – including attractive (though not flashy) graphics and solid game-play. You can now enjoy Bally’s China River online as well as live. There is the potential for some big money via stacked symbols and wilds, and if you are lucky enough you will also enjoy the free spins bonus round. This is the type of lower intensity slot that many people like to relax with. If you are looking for action, then there are plenty of other slots in the Bally range (for example the Quick Hit series) which will provide that for you.
As soon as you load up this game the amazing 3D exotic bird on top of the reels will catch your eye. This is red and yellow and has some graceful moves – though they are not necessarily tied in with your play. A cherry blossom tree can also be seen in the background, this will cover the screen in petals when you trigger the bonus game. By contrast, most of the symbols are plain. These sit on a deep red background, and are a mix of playing card symbols and the usual Asian slot images. The jade frog and incense bowl are very nicely drawn. Sounds are on the milder side, with the only obviously Asian tune kicking in during the bonus feature.
Playing China River
As Bally slots go, China River is very standard in the setup. The 30 win-lines are over 5 reels with 3 rows of symbols and are not changeable by the user. Real money bets per line are flexible and start at just 1c per spin, you can choose auto-play for up to 25 spins each time.
The Chinese writing character is wild in this game, and also carries the biggest win for the regular symbols. 5 of these get you 25x your stake (in addition to making up wins with the other regular symbols). Bally slots tend to pay the bigger prizes by combining lots of wins together with wilds and stacked symbols – which does make their pay-tables look like the prizes are small.
There is a scatter prize, which is the intricate maze-like circle – this also triggers the free spins bonus game with 8, 10 or 12 spins depending on whether you hit 3, 4 or 5.
Bonus Game for China River
Animation kicks up a gear when the free spins bonus starts. You will see a small flurry of cherry blossom falling on the right of the screen. Before you know it, the flurry has turned into a cascade and soon enough the entire screen has a ‘pink out’. When the petals clear you are taken to reels with a blue background (plus the obligatory counters for remaining spins and total won).
I did notice a lot more stacked symbols during the free spins bonus round, though found nothing on this in the slot manual – so it could have just been by chance. Your spins will cycle through quickly, and your total will be counted up for you at the top of the screen.
There are no different symbols, special behaviours or multipliers in action during this bonus game.
Summary for China River
This slot is firmly in the lower intensity category. It has the usual solid Bally build, with just enough action to keep you from getting bored. At the same time the animations – and in particular the exotic bird on top of the reels – do stand out. There are a lot of similar games out there, with many slots software houses having several ‘Asian + free spins’ combinations in their portfolios. This one is a nice example, though did not stand out from the crowd in terms of a potentially huge pay out, or anything interesting in the game play. If you’d like to relax with an attractive Asian slot, then this might well be a great pick for you.