It’s a risky business, fusions. Many make the mistake of thinking that two successful themes combined will make the result an uber-successful theme - not always so. However, we think that Play ’N Go might actually have pulled it off with Jade Magician’s mix of oriental and fantasy.
Presented over a 5 x 3 setup with 15 paylines, this green and pleasant theme has some very ornate features, including the frame which holds the reels. The piercing green eyes of our star character can be seen peeking out from behind the display, with menacing effect.
The look and feel of this magical slot
This slot doesn't go down the road of using playing cards for low value symbols, so in fact all are related to the theme, which is actually a nice touch. Included is a dragon, a tiger, an eagle and four pieces of jade each representing the elements: earth, fire, wind and water. You win make a winning combination by getting at least three matching symbols anywhere across the reels.
The wild comes in the form of a symbol bearing the characters ‘x2’ and is a signifier of the fact that it doubles all wins that it contributes to, as usual it substitutes all other symbols, except for the Jade magician free spins symbol.
Triggered by getting three Jade Magician scatter symbols anywhere across reels 1, 3 and 5. This feature initially grants you five free spins. However, get one, two or three scatters during this round and you’ll receive one, two or five additional spins respectively. The Jade Magician symbol also acts as a wild throughout this feature.
If you have a near miss, landing just two Jade Magician symbols during the base game, you’ll get a chance to pick from one of the four of those elements icons that will appear across the screen. Getting three of these brings big prizes, and just the one will trigger the free spins round.
Jade Magician has a great atmosphere, and the usual Play ‘N Go quality of gameplay, both smooth and well structured. We particularly like those enhanced free spins, they have real potential and can deliver some seriously good returns.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring