Wishing You Fortune Slot by WMS
Williams Interactive Software’s Wishing You Fortune slots provides many winning opportunities within its easy-to-learn gameplay and Asian-themed design. Wishing You Fortune is a five reel, four row online slot game available to play exclusively on desktop platforms, in free or paid modes.
This slot game forgoes playlines altogether, instead requiring winning symbols to appear in adjacent reels. This results in 1024 possible winning combinations that are always in play, no matter the size of the bet. The bet itself is easy to set by adjusting either the multiplier or total bet fields. It allows for total bets as low as $0.40, which encourages longer gameplay. Once the player has chosen the bet, he or she selects either a single spin or the Auto Spin option, which triggers up to 200 automatic plays
How to Play
The game combines familiar playing card symbols with Asian images. The playing card icons have the lowest value, with the 9, 10, J and Q worth less than the K and A. Red fortune cards and a purple bonzai tree are valued higher than the playing cards. The images with the highest payouts are, in ascending order, a pink fish, green frog and a white heron. A golden dragon serves as the game’s wild card.
Though the game uses adjacent reels rather than paylines to determine payouts, the symbols still need to appear in at least three consecutive reels, starting with the first reel. Three consecutive matching symbols result in the lowest winnings, with the payouts increasing exponentially with combinations of 4, 5 and more
Bonus Features in the Game
The free spin bonus game begins when at least three Bonus Lady symbols appear on the reels, with reel one and two being mandatory. This combination takes the player to a screen that allows him or her to select one of five free spin games:
- 10 spins, wild card multipliers of 10x, 15x or 30x
- 13 spins, wild card multipliers of 8x, 10x or 15x
- 15 spins, wild card multipliers of 5x, 8x or 10x
- 20 spins, wild card multipliers of 3x, 5x or 8x
- 25 spins, wild card multipliers of 2x, 3x or 5x
With the exception of a scatter award for fortune cards, the payouts during these free spins are the same as those for the regular reels unless one of the wild cards appear, resulting in one of the multipliers referenced above. The player also wins additional free spins when landing another combination of Bonus Lady symbols.
The other two bonus features are triggered by the Wishing You Fortune symbol that occurs only on the third reel. Once this symbol appears, the horizontal Fortune Reel starts to spin.
If the Fortune Reel lands on a WILD icon, then between 1 and 5 wild symbols appear on the regular game reels, often resulting in multiple payouts.
If the Fortune Reel lands on the Four Children symbol, the player is taken to a new screen and gets to spin the Festival Wheel to win one of five jackpots. The higher the player’s total bet, the more Festival Wheel symbols appear on the Fortune Reel, increasing the chance at a Festival Wheel spin. The higher the player’s total bet (once it’s over $6), the larger the jackpot values.
Though raising the total bet gives the player a better chance at spinning the Festival Wheel, it’s often not worthwhile. Though the game plays up the excitement of the Festival Wheel, my payouts from the free spin game were always higher than those from the wheel. Even my payouts from the WILD symbols were almost always better than those from the Festival Wheel.
One may also want to think carefully before choosing between the five free spin choices. The big multipliers from the 10 Spin option may be alluring, but the more free spins one chooses, the more possible winning combinations occur and the chances of winning additional free spins increase.
The multitude of winning combinations and bonus features provides the game with its greatest appeal. The ability to set low bets is another big draw. The game’s visual and sound design could appeal to an international demographic and to fans of Asian culture.
Despite (or because of) the fact that there are many ways to win, the game’s payouts are very low. Because the Festival Wheel’s payouts are disappointing, I found myself lowering my total bet so I’d have less of a chance at getting the wheel and a greater chance at landing a WILD symbol when the Fortune Reel spun.
These offsetting pros and cons will limit replay value for experienced players. But the simplicity of the gameplay and the initial excitement of the variety of bonus features will keep casual players hooked on Wishing You Fortune for a while.