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Here we have a martial arts themed slot from the legendary Microgaming. Having brought similar slots to the table with other Chinese themes, we were interested to see what this one had to offer. It’s pretty fast in pace and has some nice bonus features, including guaranteed cash prizes in the King’s Treasure feature, so how does it fare overall?
Presented in the usual way over a 5x3 setup, but with a rather stingy 15 paylines to start, this slot will need the equivalent of 1 EUR minimum to spin and is playable on all popular devices. The game has a nice buzz about it, with a high-energy feel, couple that with some stunning martial art imagery and you may have yourself a winning formula.
The symbols say it all
The overall theme is based on the famous Chinese tale of the 108 Heroes and there are plenty of references to Chinese culture in the symbolism. The famous Liang Mount makes an appearance, it’s where you revolt against the powers that be to take home some of their ill-gotten cash.
Symbols across the reels consist of prominent figures from the Chinese folkloric tale and standard playing card icons. Ling Chong, Wu Yong, Lu Zhi Shen, Sun Erniang and Li Kui form the higher value symbols, with A, K, Q and treasure chests talking care of the rest.
There are two main bonus features with 108 Heroes video slot - King’s Treasure and the free spins feature. Focusing on the King’s treasure for now, it’ll activate when you get three or more bonus chest symbols across a payline. Twelve chests will then appear, giving you 3, 4 or 5 symbols depending on the number you landed when activating the feature. You’ll get a cash prize on each and every one.
Free spins always win
As with most of these slots nowadays the ‘free spins’ is the crowd pleaser. Activated when you get three or more Liang Mountain scatter symbols across the reels; you initially be rewarded with ten free spins, with all wins benefitting from a 3x multiplier.
Three more Liang Mountain symbols will give you a further ten free spins, making it 20 overall. The King’s treasure bonus can also be triggered by finding three more treasure chests.
108 Heroe is visually stunning, with dazzling colours and a wonderful energy about it. However, the variance is lower than we’d have liked, even with the 533-times-your-stake wins available in the standard game, and 1600 on features. We think Microgaming have done better, but then again, they set the bar pretty high for themselves.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring