1421: Voyages of Zheng He contains one of the more original Chinese themes in a slot we’ve seen for a while.
There are literally hundreds of Chinese themed slots out there on the net, but most of them are the same in terms of features, graphic, and theme.
By choosing to focus on the real-life Chinese explorer – Zheng He – this is a cultural classic, and aims to not only offer players an interesting slot but also teach them a thing or two about the famous man himself.
You can tell straight from looking at the 1421: Voyages of Zheng He slot that this is a game straight from IGT. The imagery is very IGT, the fonts are very IGT, the features and audio are all very IGT. In fact, the only thing that isn’t IGT in this game is the wagering setup.
That’s funny because IGT is usually so strict about deploying the same wagering system in all of their games, that we’re quite amazed and relieved to see something wholly different open to us in the 1421: Voyages of Zheng He slot.
Once you’ve double-checked and realised that yes, this is indeed an IGT developed slot, you can start to get used to the new wagering system.
How to play it
As we’ve just said, most IGT slots have a strict setup when it comes to wagers. You can’t normally alter lines and line bets are pretty rigid. IGT have loosened things up a bit with this fully thematic menu bar, though. You can expect to be able to select anything from 8 to 88 paylines in all.
By adjusting your line bets, you can end up wagering between a base minimum of $0.08 per spin, and a capped maximum of $2,640 per spin.
How much can you win?
It is rather fitting that the top non-progressive win in this game is fixed at 888 coins. It doesn’t matter whether you play the base game or the free spins bonus, the amount you can win remains the same. In order to bag this prize, players need to line up 5 of the golden token/coin symbols on any active payline in the game.
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Wild symbols: The golden coin isn’t just the best-paying icon in 1421: Voyages of Zheng He. It is also the wild symbol. Wilds can substitute themselves for all other icons, just like in any other major video slot. They cannot substitute for bonus symbols, though. Again this is predictable.
Scatter symbols: Scatters (or bonuses as they are called in this slot) can appear on the central three reels, and can double the amount you wager when they do. Bonus symbols can also trigger a feature in the 1421: Voyages of Zheng He video slot.
Player Decision Bonus: Once players have landed 3 of the bonus symbols on the reels of this game, they will trigger the Player Decision Bonus. From there, they can select either a Cup Feature or one of three free spin features in this game.
There are three free spin features, and they include the chance to play with 20 free spins and 1x to 3x multipliers, 15 free spins with 1x to 5x multipliers, or 10 free spins with 1x to 8x multipliers. If you prefer to play the instant win game, choose the Cup Feature.
In this bonus, players will be trying to guess which one of the three china cups holds a golden ball. They could win as much as 102x their total stake, depending on how they do.
Overall experience and final thoughts
We do like the gameplay and the theme in the 1421: Voyages of Zheng He video slot, but we shouldn’t go overboard with that. The slot is fun, it is entertaining, but it is never going to blow you away. In fact, aside from its theme, most of its features are average at best.
Average isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. Whilst players won’t be clamouring into casinos specifically to play this slot (which was released a few months ago), they may decide to give it a spin when they can’t think of what to play next.