After being a success in the web-based casinos, Microgaming released their Asian-themed Treasure Palace slot on mobile last year and this video slot has since proven to be one of the more unusual slots.
By that, I don't mean that the slot is difficult to understand; far from it. The theme is based on Asian, or more specifically sub-continental Asia, where there exists a Treasure Palace packed to the rafters with gold, gems and other wonderfully expensive items. That's it, there's no great storyline behind the slot other than this simple premise.
Indeed, simplicity does tend to be the byword for this slot as it is very much a no-frills game. That is not a negative point at all, there are many fans of the more traditional style of slot games where you don't have free spins and bonus rounds, and if you are one of these players then you'll certainly find plenty to keep you amused with Treasure Palace on your mobile.
The basics are that this Treasure Palace is a 5x3 reel slot which features 9 fixed paylines. Now ordinarily, these slots can be very cheap to play, especially if the minimum coin value is 0.01, however on Treasure Palace, you are going to need some of your own wealth to play as the minimum coin value is 0.25, meaning that to get the reels spinning will cost you a minimum of 2.25.
And if you fancy playing for the highest possible stakes, then you'll be wagering 90.00 coins on every spin.
Add into this the fact that Treasure Palace is very much a medium variance slot, some would even suggest a high variance, (but I feel it falls somewhere between the two, slightly more towards the medium scale of things) and you have here a slot that is simple to understand and play, with only a couple of features, but which is somewhat expensive (when compared to other slots available) to play.
As such, to me this is a slot which would generally appeal to mid to higher stakes players who want a no-frills slot, which offers bigger payouts on a less frequent basis, plus a chance to win the in game jackpot of 100,000 coins.
How does the slot look and play? Well in terms of style, the slot has cartoon-style graphics which may perhaps look a tad dated compared to some of the newer slot releases of modern times. The playing card lows range from 10 through to Ace, while here are a range of high symbols on the reels including treasure chests, piles of cash, an elephant statue and even a pair of shining golden door handles.
In terms of how it plays on a mobile, the slot is beautifully smooth and plays well on all smartphones and tablet devices. There's no clear difference between the two types of device, other than the screen size brings things more into focus on larger screened machines. However, it is still entirely playable on a mobile.
As we've mentioned previously, the game is short on bonus features with the only two items of note being the in game Wild and Scatter symbols.
The Wild is the Sapphire necklace and it can be used to create a winning payline by replacing all other symbols except the in game scatter. The Scatter symbol is a golden key and this offers payout ranging from 3x your credits for three across the reels, 20 x for four across the reels and 50x across the reels if you can land one on each of the five reels on a single spin.
What this game lacks in options and features, it makes up for by having some hefty base game payouts available, however landing the really big wins can take time and with spins starting at 2.25 a shot, this is a slot that is best left to the medium to higher stakes players who fancy a shot at earning some of the big base game wins available.
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