This time we are heading back in time and met one of China's most iconic hero figures, the Emperor Huangdi, also known as the Yellow Emperor.
Huangdi - The Yellow Emperor is the result of their efforts and on the face of it, it is a somewhat standard 5x3 reel game which features 25 non-selectable paylines. Spins can start from as little as 0.25 but you can really ramp up the value of each spin to a maximum bet of 125.00 per game if you prefer.
Given the theme, Microgaming have gone to town on creating a beautiful Chinese-inspired backdrop for the slot. The graphics are high quality and all the symbols used on the reels have been inspired by Chinese culture, art and symbolism. Of course, the Emperor Huangdi also plays a pivotal role in the game and he and his artifacts are featured on the reels.
With a payline jackpot of 1,000 coins available, that may sound a little disappointing however this is a game which relies on players triggering numerous payline wins on a spin, so with that in mind and 25-paylines available, plus some other features to make these types of wins easier, you can still win a decent amount of money playing this slot.
The reels feature the usual array of playing card low symbols from 10 through to the Ace, however to fit in with the theme these have been designed to resemble Chinese symbols and writing. The higher values symbols are all items to do with the Emperor Huangdi and include a medicine box, instruments, Huangdi Swords and the Emperor himself.
All in all, there's nothing too spectacular about the slot that we've looked at which would make it a ‘must play' game to try. However, it is once you get past the basics of the game and how it is themed that things get a lot more interesting.
That's because the Huangdi The Yellow Emperor slot is packed full with some exciting features, the first of these being that you have Stacked Symbols on the first reel. Three of the higher value symbols, Huangdi's Sword, the instrument and medicine box are all stacked on this reel. Better still, the Huangdi symbol is stacked across all five reels.
As with most Microgaming games, there is also the Huangdi Wild to look out for which can substitute for any of the lower value or higher value symbols on the reels to help create winning paylines in the base game. The Wild however serves a slightly different (and potentially more lucrative function) in the free spins round as we will explain below.
In addition to the Wild and these symbols being stacked, there is also another feature which kicks in when you land a full symbol stack on reel one. When you achieve this any other symbols that land on the second to fifth reels that will improve your payline, will expand to fill their reels too. This can be one of the best ways to land some of the biggest wins available in both the base game and the free spins round.
Speaking of free spins, there is also the Dragon scatter symbol to look out for. This symbol is the key to the free spins round and when you land three or more of these across the reels you win 15 free spins. In addition, four scatters also pays you a 10x bonus on your total wager, while five scatters pays you 100x your total wager.
During the free spins round, the Huangdi Wild symbol becomes stacked on the first reel and any other wilds landed on other reels will expand to fill the reels, giving you an even greater chance to land a bigger value win in this part of the game. In addition, you can also retrigger the free spins bonus round by landing three or more of the scatter symbols on a free spin. This gives you a possible maximum of 30 free spins available each time the round is triggered.
Huangdi The Yellow Emperor is a very enjoyable slot to play and a welcome addition to the burgeoning range of asian-infused slots that you can play from Microgaming. It is a more medium variance game, with a mix of lower value wins combined with some larger wins to help keep your bankroll topped up. The larger wins however are more prevalent in the free spins round with the Expanding and Stacked Wilds playing a key role in landing some of the bigger wins possible in this beautifully created slot.