Spin like a legend, win like an emperor in Microgaming’s Huangdi
The game takes you back to the birth of the Chinese state when Huangdi is said to have been the originator of the centralized state, as well as being the inventor of many notable inventions such as the calendar.
The game’s symbols look a little bit rough by Microgaming’s standards, although the calligraphy based style does suit the theme well.
What We Love
Most of the high paying symbols are stacked across all five reels, and the expansion feature can add extra stacks when the reels have stopped too. Most players should get to witness a full screen or two of the same symbol relatively quickly whilst playing this game, and the addition of stacked wilds during the free spins ratchets up the excitement to a whole new level.
The simplicity of this game is perhaps one of it’s strongest features – once you learn how the expanding symbols function you have pretty much got the measure of the slot and can sit back with the autoplay enabled, fingers crossed for a big win.
What We Do Not Like
With a maximum per-spin jackpot of just 240x your stake, this is one of the lowest paying Microgaming slots available right now. Getting a stack of wilds on the first reel during the free spins can be very difficult, and it is even more rare to also score additional wilds on the same spin.
This means that for most players, even that 240x figure will remain stubbornly out of reach unless you spend a significant amount of time playing the game.
It’s also disappointing to note that Huangdi is in fact not a brand new game at all, but simply a rebranding of another Microgaming slot named Ariana.
That game wasn’t very popular upon its release and will still be fresh in the minds of many players, having only been released around 18 months ago, and there seems a reasonable chance that many gamers will decide to give this game a miss entirely.
Despite its weaknesses, Huangdi – The Yellow Emperor can still be an exciting game to play. Particularly when the stacked symbols are appearing frequently on the first reel and a lot of expansions are being triggered, big wins are definitely possible despite the low jackpot figure.
There aren’t many slots that can award several full screens of a single symbol during one set of free spins, and some players have already posted screenshots of combined wins of over 500x their stake from the bonus round.
This proves that the stated 240x maximum payout is perhaps not a reliable indicator of this games big win potential, and it could be worth giving the game a try for yourself to see if the expanding symbol mechanic could be lucky for you.