This dual release is featured on Everi’s two portrait-style premium portrait-style cabinets, the Empire MPX and the curved-screen Empire Flex. The two base games, Emperor’s Frog and Emperor’s Tree, are unique in their configuration. Both employ 3-4-5-4-3 reel setups (three symbols on the outer reels, four symbols on reels 2 and 4, five symbols on the center reel).
The games are “ways to win” scatter-pay setups, with no paylines and wins registered through adjacent symbols. In this reel setup, that results in 720 possible ways to win on each spin. Randomly during primary-game play, double symbols will appear on the grid—they count as two symbols in one symbol’s space. The top-paying two symbols can appear as double symbols, leading to wins of up to nine of a kind.
The base game also features random expanding wild symbols, wilds that can expand to fill up the all the spaces in the reel.
There are two bonus features. The free-spin bonus offers the player a choice of four different volatilities, through various reel configurations. The lower free-spin totals match the highest number of ways to win on each spin.
There are five progressive jackpots, with resets ranging from $20 to the top $3,000. Three or more game logo symbols trigger a progressive picking bonus, in which the player is presented with a field of gold coins, and picks coins until matching three to win the corresponding jackpot. In a unique twist, if the player reveals one of the game logo symbols—the frog or the tree—the lowest progressive symbol is eliminated from the field of coins, leaving the player a guaranteed win of one of the higher jackpots.
Manufacturer: Everi Holdings
Platform: Empire MPX, Empire Flex
Format: Five-reel, 720-ways-to-win video slot
Denomination: .01, .02, .05, .10, .25, .50, 1.00, 2.00, 5.00, 10.00, 20.00, 50.00, 100.00
Max Bet: 880
Top Award: Progressive; $3,000 reset
Hit Frequency: 25.66%
Theoretical Hold: 4%-16%