“Trees look like men and men look like tree. Joy is everywhere but still something is missing. Nothing seems right – but maybe it’s just that I am the only wrong man in the Orient!”
Marco Polo described his first ever visit to China in these intriguing words. That’s what China has always been to people – a mysterious land where everything seems out of place for those who don’t belong there.
But that very fact stokes our interest in China more and more. Therefore, we are sure that our adventurous readers will love reading about and playing China MegaWild, an exciting video slot developed by GameOS in 2014.
Yes, indeed. But it hardly means that there’s no room for improvement in the present set of China-themed slots. In fact, it makes a lot of business sense for a top developer to take a hugely popular theme and turn it into a slot that’s much better than its competitors.
Perhaps going along that logic, GameOS chose to develop and unveil China MegaWild in 2014. Initial reception to this slot was rather tepid, but it seems to have grown in stature and popularity since then.
What sets China MegaWild apart is its heavy reliance of cool graphical features and its reluctance to stray away from the theme.
Gameplay featured in China MegaWild follows a standard template that GameOS guys have developed for themselves. Quite predictably, therefore, it provides players with a formulaic set of 5x4 reels and 20 fixed paylines.
What can be deemed different here is the fact that the MegaWild part of its name is not just a hollow roar of hungry bravado – the slot is actually a mega-material!
How, you ask? Well, as per the usual GameOS tradition, you can wager only one coin per payline per spin. So, a maximum of 20 coins per spin are allowed. But the best part is – you can set the coin value anywhere between 5 cents and $100.
That’s just – let us catch our breath – too much! Do we hear the sound of high-rollers making merry?
Keeping true to the theme, all the symbols used in China MegaWild are quintessentially Chinese. From traditional village huts to artsy Chinese pottery; from various Chinese household items to intricately designed artefacts and from beasts of Chinese wild to mythical dragons, the whole gamut of these symbols will evoke a sure-shot Chinese vibe that’s going to soothe you, let you relax and help you get transported straight down the silent streams of the Yangtze! An otherwise non-intrusive backdrop of a Chinese walled garden further makes the whole thing very good to look at.
With the base game itself, there is not much to be won at this slot. Some players would be quick to point out that the potential jackpot of $25,000 upon hitting five-of-the-same-kind in any given reel with any regular symbol is surely large enough. Surely – but we all know how rare it is to strike such high-paying combos.
Otherwise, a regular payout of x5 or x7 is very commonly observed here. That still comes out to be a very sizeable percentage, given the fact that high-rollers would be wagering thousands of dollars here.
The base game bounty can be added to with some wild and scatter action. A golden dragon is the wild of the slot, and it can play the usual role of substituting and swapping that we know wild symbols for.
The scatter symbol is a somewhat mysterious young girl who also acts as a multiplier. All you have to do to get your winnings doubled is somehow make the girl land on any of the active payline after striking a combo.
The most special feature of this slot, however, lies in the MegaWild mode. This mode is activated with three or more special MegaWild symbols that will help you turn every symbol on the third reel into a wild one, allowing you to complete umpteen combinations and pocketing ridiculously large number of coins!
One thing that struck our fancy the most while reviewing China MegaWild is its thematic genuineness and continuity. Graphics and sound effects have been kept optimum, and that works well with us.
As far as the gameplay is concerned, there is nothing out of the ordinary to rave about or bad-mouth against. Decent winning percentages and strong special symbols make China MegaWild an exciting prospect, but still, if you are looking to win some serious dough, you can safely sit this one out.