Journey to the West is one of China's great novels, and the adventures of a monk and his three guardians was also later transformed into the TV Series Monkey. The novel is still seen to be a path of enlightenment amongst Buddhist teachers, and High 5 Games have gone a long way to capturing that ethos in their exciting slot game version.
We find our 4 companions on the road to the Western Regions (though this is India not America), and their Buddha given mission is to obtain the sacred texts or Sutras. Xuanzang (often knows as Triptika) is a Buddhist Monk and the leader of the group, whilst his guardians are known as Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy.
The game's characters may be on a prize path, but the great news for all slot players is that each step of that path can win you prizes. Each character can win you a prize by appearing in 3, 4 or 5 matching symbol lines, with Sandy, Pigsy or Monkey all winning you up to 18x your line-bet, whilst Xuanzang can win you up to 40x, and the West Journey Logo up to 50x.
There are many more paths this journey can go down though with a Wild Path offering players the chance of a landing 2 to 5 Wild Symbols on a pay-line, and the chance to win 500x your line-bet when you line-up 5 symbols. Wild Symbols will also replace any of the other symbols if that means prize-combinations can be obtained.
The path all players really want to get on though is the path that triggers Free Games with the possibility of the Multiplier Feature and the Super Stack Wilds Feature to follow.
Land the Scattered shields on reels 2, 3 and 4 and you will trigger the initial free games bonus of 8 free games in which you can win any of the pay-table prizes already mentioned. However, prizes can be multiplied in the Multiplier Feature. If the West Journey Logo or any of the characters appear on 3 or more consecutive reels and a 2x to 8x prize multiplier will be applied to all prize-lines that contain that triggering symbols.
The fun doesn't stop there though as you can also enjoy the Super Stacks Feature in which you can pick one of the triggering Scattered Shields to reveal either a West Journey Logo or one of the 4 characters. This symbol will then replace all stacked symbols before a spin – awarding the chance of landing some pretty lucrative multiple wins.
Only you can decide how much enlightenment you need – and therefore must stake your spins accordingly. There are 5 line options, and line-bet options ranging from 0.01 coins up to 10 coins. Combine your lines and line-bets wisely to maximise your enlightenment.
High 5 Games have come up with some weird and wonderful themes for their slots, and I like these ones that give you a bit of a history lesson and some super slot-play excitement at the same time. West Journey is an interesting adventure, and the Free Games, Multiplier Feature, and Super Stacks Feature just make it all that more exciting.