This week is the Chinese New Year celebration, in case you hadn’t noticed. If you were born in 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, or 1949, you might find the next year to be very fruitful because 2021 is the Year of the Ox. Then again, maybe not. Which Chinese horoscope you believe in is highly subjective. Here are the top four online slot machines to play in honor of the Chinese New Year, regardless of your birth year.
The Pristine Ratio
Even though 2019 is the Year of the Ox, we’ll get things off with a game about the animal that was celebrated in 2018. The game came out in January of 2020 from iSoftbet, and the highest paying symbol is a rat that looks like it’s having a great time. A golden dragon, a money tree, Chinese coins, a traditional drum, and the playing card values of J, Q, K, and A also appear. Scatter symbols include a red money bag and a golden serpent shaped like a fortunate number 8 in Chinese culture.
The game is set against a beautiful blue sky where Chinese New Year celebrations are taking place, and the colors red and gold are prominent throughout. Eight Fortune Free Spins will be awarded if a golden snake appears as a scatter on reels one, three, and five. Up to five reels can spin simultaneously in this feature, guaranteeing that matching symbols appear on adjacent reels.
The Cash Respins feature is activated by accumulating five or more money bag symbols anywhere on the reels. If another money bag drops, the counter will reset and you’ll get three more spins. If a Golden Rat appears on the reels, it will eat any cash bags in view, hiding them from potential thieves while making place for additional bags. At the conclusion of this round, you will be awarded the sum of all money bags.
Try your luck at King Billy’s Golden Rat.
(Evoplay) Happy New Year in Chinese!
Chinese New Year by Evoplay was released in 2016 and is the first of two games in our collection with that name. This slot machine is the most classic of the ones presented, and it looks amazing. The five reels of the game are attractively framed by two beautiful dragons, and the backdrop depicts picturesque Chinese buildings. These reels feature traditional Chinese symbols such as lanterns, flags, fireworks, coins, and even a few of dragons. A wild that pays out is a Chinese zodiac sign.
In this game, you won’t find any free spins, but you can build up your Multiplier Meter. Five doubling values, from 2 to 32, are shown here, and they’re presented above the final two reels. Get a win to turn on the first value, another win immediately after that to turn on the second value, and so on. If you’re really lucky, you might ignite all five values, increasing your final victory by as much as x32.
The background music is traditional, and the sound effects include a pleasant clack of tiles, reminiscent of mahjong, as the symbols drop into place instead of spinning. Although it’s not particularly complex, this is a fun game nonetheless.
Happy New Year!
Pragmatic Play’s Lucky New Year was released in 2018. It may sound like it might be played on January 1 (and it may be), but the fact that it is in a uniquely Chinese manner makes it more fitting for this occasion. Fireworks, a drum, some fruit, and the top of a traditional dragon costume are just few of the symbols. On reels one, three, and five, a money tree acts as a scatter.
Three scatters anywhere on the reels launch a bonus round where you can win free spins. This will award you with five bonus spins. The unique feature of these is that the symbols on the center three reels will combine to form a single, enormous symbol. If you get three more money trees at any time, you’ll get three more bonus spins.
If you manage to get six of the lantern symbols anywhere on the screen, you’ll activate the Lucky Lantern bonus round. Lucky players have the chance to win one of three jackpots: a smaller, larger, or even grand prize.
Festival of the New Year in Chinese
This Play’n GO slot features five reels and was launched in 2014. Each symbol on the reels corresponds to an animal from the Chinese Zodiac, making this slot machine unique. Pig, Dog, Rooster, Monkey, Sheep, Horse, Snake, Dragon, Rabbit, Tiger, Ox, and Rat are all among the animals you’ll encounter. While the Dragon and the Monkey are scatter symbols, the Tiger is a paying wild.
Free Spins are triggered when three or more Monkey symbols appear anywhere on the reels. If you spin the Monkey’s wheel, you’ll see nine of the animals. The animal that is revealed when the wheel stops spinning serves as a bonus scatter for the remainder of the bonus game. When the number of free spins is revealed, the Monkey will hit a gong in the middle of the wheel.
If you land three Dragon symbols anywhere on the reels, the Fireworks bonus round will begin. Five enormous fireworks launchers will appear on the screen, and it will be your job to detonate each one in turn. Each picked cannon will fire a fireworks shell over the river, with the resulting explosion revealing a cash prize.
Chinese New Year, like the other games mentioned here, features beautiful visuals and sound effects that are true to the culture, as well as plenty of character.