Slot games revolving around ancient Chinese civilisation are not a rare occurrence, but this time we will be focusing on a specific character in Chinese history.
1421 Voyages of Zheng He is a Spielo video slot game with a lengthy title and a focus on Zheng He, a 15th century Chinese explorer and sailor. His voyages took him from Southern China to Thailand, India, the Maldives and as far as Mecca and Mogadishu. This inspiring character certainly deserves a little more recognition in the Western world, and why not a slot game dedicated to him.
Read our full review of 1421 Voyages of Zheng He to learn more about this slot game of epic proportions…
1421 Voyages of Zheng He relies on pure graphic quality in order to impress players and leave a lasting, positive impression right from the start.
The background of the game is an abstract, crimson panel that resembles fire or lava. Nothing much to see here, but the reels are simply beautiful. Framed in a golden case featured miniature ships on top, their simplicity is yet enough to make the game stand out.
Add beautiful in-game animations and a captivating soundtrack, and you have all the ingredients for a good-looking slot game. Let’s move on to the game rules in the next section of our review.
There are several references to the number eight within the gameplay of 1421 Voyages of Zheng He, as it is a lucky number in Chinese culture.
The game contains five reels of four symbols each, with a maximum of 88 paylines available. You can use the command bar at the bottom of the screen in order to customise both the size of your wager and the number of paylines you wish to activate – all being multiples of eight. Your goal is of course to line up identical symbols on activated paylines to win their corresponding cash prize.
You may want to speed up the process and make the reels go a little faster during your gaming session, and the Speed button in the command bar lets you do just that. Feel free to play around with the settings and make sure to keep your eyes on the reels as the many different symbols spin around and, hopefully, line up. Let’s take a look at those symbols now.
Zheng He was an explorer but also a merchant, and he was interested in bringing back to the Emperor all the riches he could find during his voyages around the Indian Ocean.
The first symbols on the paytable are gilded card symbols from number 10 to the Ace. Their rewards are quite modest but you will see them appear on the reels very often to compensate for that, so do not dismiss them just yet.
Bigger wins come with the rarer artefacts such as a richly decorate Plate, a Dragon Statue made out of jade, a giant Bell, Zheng He’s Ship and the navigator himself as the most valuable symbol. Stay focused and keep your eyes peeled throughout the game if you want a chance to line up these very valuable symbols and win big cash prizes in an instant. And the game has not yet revealed all of its secrets.
1421 Voyages of Zheng He features a more than decent selection of special features and reel symbols that we will review here.
The Pierced Gold Coin is the Wild card, which you can use to substitute for any basic symbol and score extra wins. Coin combinations are also extremely valuable per se.
The Map is an important item for any explorer, and here it also serves as a Scatter symbols that can award a cash prize regardless of alignment. After a Scatter win, players will be given a choice between for Bonus options. The choice lies first of all between 10, 15 or 20 Free Spins. Every option carries a set of potential Multipliers. The fourth choice is the original Cup Feature, where a golden ball is hidden under one of three cups. After shuffling, your task consists or correctly guessing the position of the ball, which can award the game’s ultimate Jackpot.
1421 Voyages of Zheng He is just as epic as its title suggests. The game looks good and is easy to set up, despite the minimalistic command bar.
Try it out if you want to experience something different than the usual Chinese-themed slot games, and aim for the Cup Feature if you want to make the adventure worth your time.