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For fans of Asian themed slots, there seems to be no shortage of options for players searching either in land based or online casino opportunities.
Indeed, much like Ancient Egypt and Greek Mythology, the Far East taps into the creative juices of gaming designers the world over. Picking up the gauntlet in the latest adaptation, Konami Gaming’s team brings to the mobile platform, China Shores slots machine.
China Shores is a solid performing slot offering five reels and 30 fixed pay lines on which to determine whether you have the stuff needed to penetrate the dark bamboo rainforests of mainland China to win big.
Basic Game Play in China Shore
To be completely honest, I loved the layout and graphics when I was playing the free China Shore slot game.
The deep verdant jungle colors appealed to my ascetics senses, and while the icons and symbols were neither cutting edge nor particularly special, they got the job done in terms of delivering the necessary feel to match the theme.
As might be expected, players will see an array of Chinese themed icons including:
- Gold Embroidery
- Golden Tortoise
- Ace and King
- Queen through Nine
Of the basic play symbols, the Gold Embroidery scores the highest payout with a five-of-a-kind garnering a 1,000 coin payout, while a four of a kind earns 100 credits; three of a kind gathers 25 credits a pair will net the player two credits.
The Gold Tortoise is worth 500 credits, 100 credits, and 20 credits for a 5, 4, or three-of-a-kind respectively. In terms of high value icons, the Urns and Lanterns round out the squad offering 250, 50, and 15 credits upon netting five, four, or three matching combos on a payline.
You will also note two specialty icons making regular appearances that include:
- Ying and Yang
The Panda serves as the slots machine’s Wild icon, and substitutes for all other symbols in the game with the exception of the Ying and Yang symbol, and will only appear on reels two, three, four, and five. The Ying and Yang symbol acts as the bonus marker and ushers you into the free spin portion of the game.
Free Spin Bonus Game (with a twist)
Steeped in Chinese culture, everyone knows the significance of the Ying and Yang imagery as a representation of balance and harmony. In this regard, the game’s Ying and Yang is designed to make you all harmonious with an increased bank balance to boot.
When either three, four, or five Ying and Yang symbols make an appearance anywhere on your screen, the portal to the free spin section is opened and you will be rewarded either eight, ten, or 15 free slot games respectively. During this segment of play, not only are all wins doubled, but the player can retrigger free games while playing the feature.
What I found most interesting was the option in the free game feature. Players can opt out of the free spin in favor of selecting the button marked “Exchange Free Games for Credit.”
Generally speaking, you will be awarded a random amount of credits that you will discover are higher with the number of free spins exchanged is higher.
As an example, I earned 15 free credits that I could have exchanged for 80 credits. Instead, I opted to play the free rounds, retriggered for another eight spins, and only came out of the play with only 70 credits for my efforts.
Where to find this game in the US
The China Shores slot machine is huge in both the United States and Canada.
This game is available for online and live play. Obviously you won’t have any issues finding China Shores in Las Vegas or Atlantic City, but for online players, the available options are pretty slim.
New Jersey online casino players can find this game at Golden Nugget Casino as well as Tropicana Online Casino. Both casinos offer a free no deposit bonus, so you can play this game for real money and for free.
If you live in Pennsylvania or plan to travel there soon, you can find this game at the Hollywood Online Casino, Parx and PlaySugarhouse. Unfortunately, there’s not as many options at Pennsylvania casinos as there are in NJ.
Charting a Path to China Shore
All and all I liked this Konami slot game and would recommend anyone grabbing a seat and giving it a chance.
A game with a budget for everyone, the slot has an impressive 96.05% RTP, so whether you win big or win small, you will be able to continue playing with a minimum bet amounting to no more than 30 credits.
Don’t forget, if you live in one of the states with legal online casinos, you can get a free no deposit offer. This allows you to play for real money on the house and you get to keep the winnings.