This is the latest entry in Konami’s “ScatteReels” series, which consists of scatter-pay video slots in a unique reel configuration—the outer reels and center reel each have three symbols; the second and fourth reels have four symbols.
Wins occur from three or more adjacent symbols (there are no paylines), left to right, for a total of 432 possible ways to win on every spin. All pays are multiplied by the total bet, which ranges from a forced minimum of 30 credits to a maximum of 1,500 credits.
China Reels places this into a theme obviously designed for Asian patrons, with a medium-volatility program and multi-denomination capability.
The game incorporates a bonus feature called “Mirror Reels,” which occurs randomly in the primary game and in every free-spin bonus game. During the primary game, when the Mirror Reels feature is randomly triggered, one of the following “mirror” combinations occurs—the first and fifth reels will display the same symbols; the second and fourth reels will display the same symbols; those two mirror combinations will appear simultaneously; the first, third and fifth reels will match; or reels 1, 3 and 5 will match along with reels 2 and 4 matching.
In the free-spin round, three, four or five scattered pagoda symbols trigger five, 12 or 20 free games, respectively. During each free game, a random Mirror Reels combination occurs—first, third and fifth reels matching; first and fifth along with second and fourth matching; or a combination of these two. The free-spin feature can be re-triggered within the free games.
Manufacturer: Konami Gaming
Format: Five-reel scatter-pay video slot
Denomination: .01 or multi-denomination
Max Bet: 1,500
Top Award: 1,200 credits times bet
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50 percent
Theoretical Hold: 9.85%