The Chinese Moon Festival is one of the most popular traditional festivals in China, and is on a par with the likes of western hemisphere celebrations such as Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Families, friends and lovers get together to enjoy the sight of the full moon, and they celebrate it by eating mooncakes and singing moon poems – all elements that Aristocrat have embraced with their celebratory Moon Festival slot machine.
Whilst you'll get the chance to sample moon cakes and sing moon poems, this popular slot is particularly enjoyed for its Sticky Wild and a Free Game Feature which is triggered by 3 Scattered Chines Lanterns flying high anywhere on the 5 reels and 50 pay-lines. You'll be awarded 10 initial free games, however any Wild Moons that appear will substitute for other symbols to make you wins if possible, then become Sticky Wilds for the remainder of your free games. If a scattered lantern should land under one of Wild Moons you will also receive an additional 5 free games.
Wild Moons are also Wild during the main game where their appearance may be rewarded with them substituting to make more winning combos. Those 3 triggering Scattered Chinese Lanterns can also award you an additional 2x your total-bet.
The Moon Festival is so popular that all players get to enjoy all 50 pay-lines, and on each line you can choose to place line-bets of between 0.25 coins and 10 coins, allowing total-bets of between 12.5 coins and 500 coins a spin. These stakes may be higher than many slots – but this can only work in your favour as all prizes are multiplied by the line-bet. You can even lie back and gaze at the moon as you play courtesy of an auto-play option that lets you play up to 25 games automatically.
There's an array of prizes to win, including for the Poker symbols which are very popular amongst a Chinese nation which love to gamble. You can win by lining-up 3 to 5 matching symbols, and all aces, kings, queens, jacks and nines pay between 5x and 50x your line-bet.
More popular symbols include a lucky rabbit and a beautiful pink lotus flower whilst the Moon Cakes and a Banjo, which The Chinese use to celebrate the moon by singing poems to musical accompaniment, are also prize symbols that offer prizes of up to 75x your line-bet – meaning you can have your moon cake and eat it.
Appropriately, as the Moon Festival is often a celebration of love, the top prize symbol is a beautiful girl dressed in a typical Chinese celebratory outfit – and she can win you up to 100x your line-bet.
Aristocrat have done a great job of taking a bit of Chinese history and turning it into a slot game. They’ve managed to capture the theme and essence of the Moon Festival celebrations with traditional symbols, whilst incorporating all the features of a good slot game including plenty of prizes and a top quality free games bonus. And they even have a sticky wild feature which fits in well with the sticky fingers you will likely have if you enjoy tucking into a mooncake or two.