If you are going to have any kind of god with you when you decide to play a few spins on the slots, then the god of wealth is probably as good a choice as any (though some would argue that the god of fortune may be an equally powerful playing partner).
Well in the new Cai Hong slot from Realtime Gaming, you will get to meet this charming and cheerful individual!
This new release hit casinos in March 2018 and its general theme is wealth and prosperity, a somewhat common occurrence in the world of slots, especially with eastern-influenced games, but Cai Hong takes a rather more simplistic approach, mingling this with some pictures of rather majestic animals and familiar playing card symbols to give it a more westernized feel.
So is this one god of fortune that could lead you to a sizeable jackpot of more than 50,000x your line bet. If that sounds like something you'd like to find inside your next fortune cookie, then perhaps you should take a closer look at the Cai Hong Slot.
We did and here's what we've discovered.
Where can I play the Cai Hong slot?
On both sides through until the 31st March 2018, you can receive a fantastic welcome bonus offer of 25 Free Spins on the Cai Hong slot. Use the code CAIHONG-25 to claim the offer which is available to all players at each casino
New players can also take advantage of a great offer at both casinos when signing up. Simply deposit $20 or more and use the code CAIHONG-44 and you will receive a fantastic 444% deposit bonus of up to $444 plus an additional 44 Free Spins on the Cai Hong slot. Again this offer is available until the 31st March only.
After this though both casinos offer great value standard sign up offers. Sloto'Cash Casino offers you an amazing Welcome Bonus paid out over your first five deposits which includes up to 300 Free Spins on the Cash Bandits 2 slot, as well as matched deposit bonuses of 200%, 100% (on your 2nd - 4th deposits) and 177%.
Uptown Pokies players based in Australia can benefit from up to 350 Free Spins and a series of six matched Bonuses on your first six deposits which could be worth as much as $8,888 over the duration of the bonus, all from just a single deposit of $20.
The presentation of the Cai Hong slot is somewhat simplistic but all the better for it. Set against the backdrop of billowing clouds against an azure blue sky, the five reels are framed with an ornate red pattern (red being a symbol of wealth and good luck).
The main controls of the slot are located at the foot of the reels and you can increase the size of your line bet to change the size of your total bet. You play 30 lines on each spin and bets can range from 0.30 to 7.50, so this is a slot that is aimed at lower to medium stakes players rather than higher rollers.
Accompanying you as you spin is a rather gentle oriental soundtrack that is rather pleasant on the ears and which captures the theme of the slot very nicely. All in all, the Cai Hong slot isn't a spectacular in your face game, but instead plays in a gentle, more understated way and I believe is all the better for it.
What's on the reels?
There are a total of 11 standard symbols on the reels and that starts with the six playing card symbols, which range from the 9 through to the Ace. These offer pays from 2 coins up to a maximum of 150 coins depending on the symbol landed and how many are on a line.
The higher value symbols are the different animal symbols which include a rather furry dog, a rabbit, a water buffalo, a cockerel and a tiger, the last two of which are the highest value symbols in the game. Wins here start at 2 coins and can increase up to 750 coins if you land five tigers or cockerels across the reels.
The 9, cockerel and tiger symbols also all pay out a very small 2 coin win if you land just 2 of those symbols on a pay line from left to right. All other symbols require 3 symbols in a line to trigger a win.
In addition to these standard symbols there are two other symbols on the reels. The Wild and the Scatter and these have a key role in the main bonus features of the Cai Hong game as explained below.
Cai Hong himself is the rather cheerful Wild symbol in the game and the Wild is used in three ways in the slot to help create wins.
Firstly, it can substitute for any of the standard symbols to create a winning pay line. Secondly, when it does it will also offer the player a 2x multiplier on the standard win, which means any win that includes a Wild symbol pays double the standard amount.
Thirdly, you can also land up to five Cai Hong symbols across the reels on a single line and landing two or more will trigger a win, which ranges from a small 10 coin win for two on a line, up to a massive 10,000 coins for landing five of the Cai Hong symbols across all a single line.
Free Spins features
The Rainbow is the Scatter symbol and this serves two purposes. Firstly, when you land two or more of these symbols anywhere across the reels, you will receive a cash prize. This ranges from 2x your total bet for two Scatters landed, up to a massive 500x your total bet if you land five Scatters across the reels.
Land three or more Scatters and you will trigger the Free Spins bonus round, during which the player receives an initial 8 Free Spins with a 2x multiplier. However before you play through them, the number of Scatters you landed also will see you awarded either 2, 3 or 4 bonus picks for 3, 4 or 5 triggering Scatters respectively.
You then use your bonus picks won to select from a number of items that will reveal bonuses. These bonuses can increase either the number of Free Spins you have, or the size of your multiplier. The maximum possible for both is 33 Free Spins and a 15x multiplier.
One nice touch is that you can re-trigger the bonus from within your Free Spins by landing three or more Rainbow Scatters again and if you do, you will receive an additional 15 Free Spins added to your total to play through.
Other bonus features
Other than the features outlined above for the Wild and Free Spins bonuses, there are no other bonuses on the Cai Hong slot.
Best feature of the Cai Hong slot
Cai Hong is a good honest slot that doesn't have any great complexities about it. There are just two bonuses, the Wild symbol and the Free Spins round but what Realtime Gaming have done that is good is to utilize these features in multiple different ways. That means when you do trigger a Wild win, or hit Free Spins, you feel suitably rewarded when doing so. The Wild triggers most often, but it is the Free Spins bonus that is the best feature of the slot, with the chance to increase your number of spins and multiplier with your bonus picks considerably, as well as the re-trigger. You will tend to find the more sizeable wins on this low to medium variance slot come from the Free Spins round.
What does the Cai Hong slot lack?
The one item I would have liked to have seen added to the Cai Hong slot would have been a simple randomly triggered bonus in the base game. That would have meant that along with the Wild wins, you would have had something else to look out for when playing through the spins in order to trigger your Free Spins bonus. At times, the base game can play a little tight and you'll need to play through a large number of spins to hit the bonus, so a randomly triggered bonus game on occasion would have made this aspect of the game less of a drag.
This is the fifth Asian-themed slot from Realtime Gaming this year and it is easy to see why the company have kept with the theme. Cai Hong is a very simple slot that is very easy on western eyes, will still being relevant to Asian culture. The slot doesn't boast too many bonus features, but those that are there are well designed and can produce some sizeable wins for the player. It is a fun, simple slot to play that is a great choice for mid to lower stakes players as it offers relatively regular lower value wins, mixed in with the occasional big win too.
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