It is no secret that the Far East is a hotbed for gambling in general. One only needs to look at resorts like Macau to realise that the thirst for a wager is almost impossible to satisfy in this beautiful part of the world.
As a result, and also allied to the rich cultural diversity in the region, Far Eastern themed slots are very popular with companies eager to attract punters not just curious about this beautiful part of the world, but also those that play slots from there and the Lucky Firecracker Mobile Slot from Microgaming is just one such example of this kind of slot.
To westernised eyes, this may be a slot that is difficult to determine what it is about exactly, but the theme is very simply the Chinese New Year and all the bangs and whistles associated with one of the biggest events in the Chinese Calendar.
The first thing to note about the slot is how it looks and that is stunning. Red is the colour of good fortune in many eastern cultures and the deep red and gold livery really adds a quality dimension to the slot, giving it a feel of elegance and richness that you just don't get on too many other games.
The slot itself is a 5-reel game with the usual three rows in operation and instead of paylines we have the popular 243 Ways to Win in operation. Hit the right combination of symbols at the right time and you could be walking away with a jackpot of 90,000 coins, which is certainly not to be sniffed at.
One of the most appealing aspects of this slot is that it is playable at a huge range of different levels, you can get the reels spinning for as little as 0.25 per spin but you can also increase the amount you wager significantly up to 250.00 per spin. Thus meaning that even the highest of high rollers can enjoy this game for serious cash.
The symbols on the reels are a mix of the usual playing card low symbols ranging from 9 through to ace, although these are brightly decorated and surprisingly do not stand out against what is obviously an Eastern dominated theme.
The high symbols are all linked to the Chinese New Year celebrations and incorporate a number of different items including a lucky firecracker, lanterns, coins and several more. Each is beautifully rendered and is brightly coloured and a nice touch is that these symbols animate beautifully when landed on a payline which adds splashes of colour across the reels.
The base game itself is generally rewarding and you tend to win relatively frequently, although the wins are not huge, they do tend to ensure that your balance remains topped up, which is something that some slots players prefer over less frequent but larger wins.
The bonus features in the Lucky Firecracker mobile slot include the Lucky Firecracker logo, which acts as the in game Wild and can replace any of the high and low symbols to create winning paylines. It is housed on reels 2 and 4 in the base game but isn't stacked, which is a tad disappointing.
To unlock the key to better rewards in the game entering the Free Spins round is crucial and this is achieved when you land three, four or five of the coin scatter symbols across the reels. This triggers 15 free spins immediately, which can be re-triggered from within the base game and which also come with a fantastic 3x multiplier attached which allows you treble each win in this round.
Lastly, any win you achieve can also be gambled a number of times with the chance to double your win if you predict the correct colour of card from the pack. A simple enough bonus game but one that can be used to maximise your wins when used judiciously.
The Lucky Firecracker slot is well worth a look on your mobile, it is beautiful to look at, plays nicely and has enough features to turn even a modest bankroll into a nice win, if those firecrackers can imbue you with a little extra luck.
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