China Shores Slots Machine from Konami
At first view, China Shores looks like a generic Asian themed video slot like 100’s of others. There are some good reasons to play this game though. The free spins bonus round lets you skip the free spins completely – instead opting for a random cash prize based on the number of spins you won. This is not the most visually appealing of games, though I have certainly seen worse. The spinning panda is the stand out symbol, and also the wild. Some of the symbols are also stacked on the reels, which can help you get to some bigger wins.
Many Konami slots have an unusual reel shape. China Shores uses the classic 5 reels each with 3 rows of symbols setup. There are 30 win-lines crossing from the left with a minimum spin of 2c per line.
How to Win on the China Shores Slot
Most of your wins will come in the regular way – by lining up 3+ symbols from the left hand side on one of the 30 win-lines. The Chinese writing symbol with the red background pays from 2+, as does the yin / yang scatter symbol.
The full faced Panda is the substitute symbol (Konami’s term for a wild) and appears on the 2nd through 5th reels. This substitutes for all of the other symbols without exceptions for the wilds to create more wins – it also does a dizzying twist animation when involved in a winning combination!
The biggest prize is the Chinese writing, which gets you 1000 coins for 5, 100 for 4, 25 for 3 and 2 coins for just 2 on a line. This symbol is stacked, and will often fill entire reels – making it possible to hit multiple wins at once. After this the golden turtle, pot and lantern make up the unique symbols and bigger wins – while the smaller wins are made up by the playing card symbols ace down to nine.
Yin / Yang symbols are the scatters, and also trigger the bonus game. These pay out for the number anywhere on the screen – regardless of their position. You’ll get twice your total spin amount for just 2, with 5x your total bet for 3, 20x for 4 and 100x for 5 of a kind. Even better, 3 or more of these symbols will trigger the bonus games, with 8, 10 or 15 for 3, 4 or 5 on the reels.
Take Your Bonus Games – or Take Cash
You will get a set of scales on the screen offering you the chance to take cash instead of your free slot games. This is a random amount that does factor in your spin amount and the number of free spins that you won. The other side of the scales is the option to continue with the free spins instead. For me the chance to win more free spins during play is the clincher, I always prefer to gamble!
While the background of the reels changes to a reddish color, there is nothing different in the game play – all of the wins you hit during the free spins game are doubled.
How China Shores Works
This slot has 30 pay lines crossing from the left. Your wins will be shown by flashing interlinked symbols, though if you wanted to see exactly where the lines are this information is available on the pay table. You can’t reduce the number of lines. The minimum spin amount is just 2c per line, or 60c per spin. You can go as high as $2 per line ($60 per spin) if you wish.
As I said in the introduction to this review, there is nothing to make this game stand out visually from the many other Asian themed slots. The background to the reels is a light green color, and the frame is an attractive scene with a traditional boat with a green mountain background. Symbols are smart enough, though nothing that would make you look at this slot twice. The golden turtle is probably the best of them.
Animations come in the form of the spinning panda (not quite as crazy as it sounds) and the scales where you choose whether to take the free spins or your cash from playing with real money. Sounds are straight from the standard retro beeps selection which all Konami slots share.
China Shores – Conclusion
There are two ways of looking at this game. First, if you enjoy Asian themed slots with few features to take you away from the main game, then this is as good as any other. Second, if you are after some excitement or interaction, this is probably not the right slot for you. Check out the solid game play (and the spinning panda) on China Shores for yourself soon!