Konami Gaming

This new video slot takes full advantage of Konami’s Concerto Crescent cabinet, featuring a 43-inch curved screen. On this game, the vertical field is a double-height, six-by-five reel array—six reel spaces on each of five reels. In this format, the standard 40-line, 50-line and 60-line arrays of the legacy China Shores game are doubled, with the new game available with 40, 50 or 60 paylines.

The “Great Stacks” portion of the name plays out in the primary game. Each reel contains a number of adjacent positions that are randomly replaced with the same symbol before the reel spin is initiated. Wild Panda symbols appear on all but the first reel.

A free-game feature offers the player a wealth of choices as far as volatility of the free-spin round. Initially, three, four or five ball symbols trigger eight, 10 or 15 free games, respectively.

All free-game wins pay double.

When the free-spin round is triggered, the player is presented with a choice of several different volatility setups in a second screen dubbed “Balance of Fortune.” If “Free Game” is selected, the feature proceeds with free games similar to primary-game spins, but with wins doubled. Alternatively, the player can “exchange” the free games for “Credit Prize,” “Green Super Free Game,” “Red Super Free Game” or “Yellow Super Free Game.”

Credit Prize yields a random award, which, on average, is greater when more free games are exchanged. During the Green Super Free Game, every three free games are converted into one Green Super Free Game, with only Ball or Mark symbols appearing as Action Stacked Symbols and random 2X o 3X multipliers for each winning spin.

During the Red Super Free Game, every five free games are converted into one Red Super Free Game, and 7X, 12X or 18X is randomly chosen for each winning spin. During the Yellow Super Free Game, every eight free games are converted into one Yellow Super Free Game, with only Panda, Ball, Mark, Turtle, Pot and Lantern symbols appearing and 2X or 3X as the random multiplier.

Provided the player has eight or more free games remaining, the player may recommence playing free games by selecting Free Game or exchanging the games for one of the special free-game scenarios.

Manufacturer: Konami Gaming
Platform: Concerto Crescent
Format: Five-reel, 40-, 50- or 60-line video slot
Denomination: .01, .02, .05, .10, .25, .50, 1.00, 2.00, 5.00
Max Bet: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 20 or 50 per line
Top Award: 18,000 times line bet
Hit Frequency: 48%
Theoretical Hold: 4%-18%

Author: GGB Staff

Staff writers for Global Gaming Business magazine, Las Vegas, Nevada.