|Manufacturer:||Barcrest||Bet Per Spin:||£0.01 – £50.00|
|Bonus Features:||Yes||Free Spins:||Yes|
|RTP:||94.00% – 98.00%||Game Type:||Video Slot|
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Welcome back to the mysterious orient where, as online slots players, we have been so many times before; this time it’s to check out Emperor’s Gold, a release from Barcrest which includes their rather complex Big Bet feature and also some free spins – read on for more information.
Emperor’s Gold is a five reel slot with three rows and ten fixed paylines; those ornate reels spin in front of a hazy red backdrop showcasing vertical stacks of rock which look tricky to climb.
There are five high value symbols in this game including the Emperor, the Princes, a tiger, a panda, a temple and a lantern; J, Q, K and A represent the lower values.
The dragon is wild and will substitute for all others except for the firecracker scatter (it substitutes for all symbols at the higher stake level); it only appears on reels two, three and four.
Let’s talk about Barcrest’s Big Bet feature then – this is an option to pay for five linked spins for an extra stake and here there are three Big Bet options:
- Option One – five spins + wild symbol expands over it’s reel and locks in place.
- Option Two – five spins + wild symbols expand, locks in place and substitutes for all symbols. More Big Bet spins can be awarded.
- Option Three – five spins + wild symbols expand, locks in place and substitutes for all symbols; free spins & more Big Bet spins can be awarded.
Options two and three feature the Big Bet/free spins trail above the reels in which players can collect scatter symbols for extra spins.
This is triggered by landing three or more of the firecracker scatter symbols anywhere in view for which you will receive the following:
- Three scatters – 12 free spins.
- Four scatters – 14 free spins.
- Five scatters – 20 free spins.
During the spins the high value symbols are displayed above the reels; to begin with the one on the left will be highlighted and all high value symbols on the reels will transform into that one after the spin. Each wild symbol landing will change that selected symbol to the next most valuable one.
More free spins can be triggered by landing more scatters during this round.
Sometimes these Barcrest slots do seem needlessly complex but when we’ve managed to get to grips with it all it seems to make sense; we say always play at the highest Big Bet level – it’s more exciting and it returns the highest RTP of 98.00%.