This game definitely has something different from the other Asian-themed slot games. Released by iSoftBet, The Golden Rat is a 5 reel slot, with 3 rows and 15 ways for the player to land a winning combination. With an interesting design and features that sound quite promising the game will catch and maybe even keep the attention of many.
The Asian theme is in the top 3 most used ones in the industry, so when something new and refreshing gets released it is definitely worth taking a look at. The game features some classic symbols, but the design is quite specific and shows something unique.
In the background is what appears to be a festival. It is the Year of the Rat celebration which is highly respected in the Chinese culture. There are traditional paper dragons on both sides of the reels, flower petals falling from the sky. The surrounding buildings are colorful and there are fireworks going off. The providers took a different approach and showed the cheerful side of culture.
The graphics are great and the soundtrack contributes to that a great deal. It consists of traditional instruments playing upbeat music. It is both fun and shows the culture it represents really nicely. The symbols are just as interesting and cheerful as well. Some of them include the colorful royals, golden cymbals, drums, lions and money trees. The game’s wild symbol is represented by the golden rat itself and a golden dragon acts as the scatter symbol.
The payouts are not going to disappoint either since they go as high as 1,121x the stake in a single spin. The player can bet a minimum of 0,25 and a maximum of 200 coins per spin. This is a medium volatility game which will agree with many. The part that will not is the 95,14% RTP which is on the lower side and could have been better.
The game has a few interesting features to offer. First to mention is the wild symbol that just like in any other game substitutes for all other symbols except the scatter. It also appears stacked which can mean a great win.
Then there is the Fortune Free Spins feature that is triggered when the scatter symbol appears 3 times. It can only land on reels 1, 3 and 5 making it a bit more difficult. When activated the player gets 8 free spins. During the round an In Sync Reels feature is triggered that spins up to 5 reels in sync with the ones already spinning containing the same symbols. The feature can’t be retriggered.
The game also has a Cash Re-Spins feature that is triggered when the player lands 5 or more money bag symbols anywhere on the reels. The player begins at 3 re-spins which get reset every time a money bag lands on the reels during them. If a wild symbol appears on the reels during the round it collects all the money bags in view allowing room for more to collect.
The game has definitely introduced something new to the long list of Chinese slot games. Chinese customs are very interesting and colorful which made the celebration of the rat a perfect event to inspire a slot game. Aside from great looks, the game has some amazing features as well. Not only are they interesting, but they also are able to pay a great deal of money, which is the most important part after all.