Across many slot themes, we see the East as a place of mystique and legend, but it’s also the locals who have this view. Seeing themselves as having originated from the Gods, they revel in their fascinating rich customs and traditions. Such land has also always been sought after by those for whom the lands are not rightfully theirs, bringing us nicely into the theme of Booming Games’ Legend of Qu Yuan.
Presented over the typical 5x3 setup with 20 active paylines, this slot is a sheer work of visual art. A stunning combination of colours, shades and animations, it combines this rich interface with a mesmerising soundtrack of slow, rhythmic oriental music. Feeling like you’re getting transported to an ancient ceremony of the festival can win over even the biggest soundtrack haters, like us.
The mechanics and the loot
High-value symbols across the reels are randomly centred around the theme of dragon boat racing, and include the drum, flags, dragons, and the dish of zongzi, symbolising the rice that got thrown into the river after Qu Yuan's suicide.
The wild in the game comes in the form of a dragon and replaces all other symbols to form wins, except for the scatter that is. The scatter is the Chinese mask and will be useful for the triggering of features, detailed below.
The best bits: features and bonuses
There are some nice extra features to the game, but we felt they were a little few and far between. The dragon boat game that replaces symbol to contribute to further wins is palatable, but we found it a little aloof and not very valuable over time. It does act to multiple bets though, bringing with it a jackpot of up to 45 coins.
Get three of those Chinese mask scatters to launch the free spins round, you will get an initial 10 spins with an opportunity to retrigger within the game should you land three again. Get four or more for increased spins amounts. The perks of this round are lacking though, and that’s a disappointment.
Apart from the obviously nice visuals, along with an acceptable soundtrack and smooth gameplay that we’ve come to expect from Booming, Legend Of Qu Yuan tends to disappoint where it matters. We all love a good-looking game, but if the mechanics aren’t there to make us at least that little bit richer, it’s a struggle to stay enthusiastic. The advantage of such boring slots is that they very rarely wipe you out, so we’d recommend this one for beginners who want to get a feel for the video slot world without losing a fortune.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring