- Provider: Microgaming
- Reels: 5
- Paylines: 20
- Coin Value: £0.01 – £1
- Maximum Bet: £20
- RTP: 95.21%
- Maximum Payout: 10,000 coins
- Wild: Yes
- Scatter: Yes
- Bonus Game: Yes
- Free Spins: Yes
- Multiplier: No
- Mobile: Yes
Empress of the Jade Sword Slot Review
All ninjas among punters better suit up, because the battle for the throne is about to begin. Empress of the Jade Sword is preparing to get her throne back and will need a lot of help from courageous warriors. Prove yourselves in combat against deadly ninjas and you will be generously rewarded for your bravery. Empress of the Jade is the latest product coming from Microgaming’s creative kitchen. The 2017 release features five reels, three rows and offers 20 fixed paylines, playable from £0.20 per spin. The slot boasts crisp graphics and a fitting soundtrack, while offering lots of fun and rewarding special features, like Wild Free Spins, regular Free Spins feature, and the Pick Bonus game with plenty of lucrative coin rewards.
The visuals are simply beautiful, since the reels are set in front of an ancient temple, surrounded by lovely cherry blossoms, characteristic for mystical Orient. The main protagonists of the game are three high-value human symbols, including the Empress of the Jade Sword, her loyal Warrior and the Red Princess. The Jade Sword is used as a Wild that substitutes for all regular symbols. There is also the Scroll, Spear and the Fan, while the low-value symbols are represented by J-A playing cards. The Temple is the game’s Scatter and it triggers the Free Spins feature. The Ninja represents the biggest enemy, but is also the Bonus symbol that triggers the Pick Bonus game. Once you trigger the Bonus game, the battle for the throne may begin.
As for the gameplay, it is pretty simple, since the game introduces a standard configuration all gamers are familiar with. Empress of the Jade Sword benefits from five reels and three rows of symbols and pays out wins across 20 fixed paylines, which pay left to right, beginning from the far left reel. Three of a kind is the minimum for landing payouts. Betting starts at £0.20, and the biggest wager available is set at £20, so we don’t have a pretty wide betting range.
The control panel does not offer plenty of options. For example, there is no Autoplay, at least we did not manage to find it while we were testing the game. Apart from the Spin button, there is the Max Bet option, the Gamble field and Settings, which include Sounds and Paytables, and nothing else. It seems that Microgaming decided to keep everything simple, since they wanted to allow players to concentrate on the game itself.
The first special feature spinners will come across is the Wild Free Spin. Every time you land a winning combination that includes a Wild, you will get one freebie, with the Wild remaining on the landed cell. If one of three middle-value symbols (Scroll, Spear and Fan) appears next to the Wild in the free spin, they will also turn into Wilds, giving you more chances to land another win.
The Temple Scatter can appear on any reel, and spinners need to land at least three of them in order to trigger the Free Spins feature. Gamers can win 8, 12, or 20 freebies for 3, 4, or 5 Scatters landed. During the Free Spins feature, three human symbols will be turned into stacked symbols, thus increasing your chances for bigger payouts. Land at least three extra Scatters and you will retrigger the feature.
Now, you need to concentrate on the Ninjas, since this is where you can get some serious coin prizes. The Ninja Bonus can appear on reels 1, 3 and 5, and once all three of them are landed, the Pick Bonus game is activated. You are then taken in front of a different temple, where 12 Ninjas are waiting for you with their swords. Be faster and use your sword to kill all of them, because every single Ninja hides a mystery coin reward. Once you discover the Ninja that hides the Collect field, you will finish the Bonus game.
If you are not satisfied with the won amount, you can always test your luck with the Gamble feature, available after every win. Double your money by guessing the correct colour of the hidden card, it’s as simple as that.
Apart from offering plenty of action, the Microgaming product also offers sweet payouts. For example, the Empress of the Jade Sword will reward gamers with 500 coins for five of a kind. The Jade Sword Wild is as generous as its owner, as well as the Warrior. The Pick Bonus can surprise you with lots of coins, and the Free Spins feature offers plenty of winning possibilities, due to the fact that all high-value symbols become stacked symbols. Empress of the Jade Sword’s RTP is 95.21%.
Empress of the Jade Sword on Mobile
The 2017 release is one of those games you can take everywhere with you and play it any time you like, since it is fully compatible for mobile devices. Microgaming is well-known for producing mobile friendly titles, and we expected nothing less from their latest product. Empress of the Jade Sword will work like a charm on any handheld gadget, regardless of the brand of your handset.
+ Lots of Wild Free Spins
+ Popular Asian theme
+ Plenty of additional features
– The similarity of Scatter and Bonus symbols might create confusion
– Generic playing cards
– Can’t speed the reels up
We would be lying if we say that the Microgaming title doesn’t have a flaw or two, but, generally speaking, it is a pretty neat slot. Gameplay is as simple as it can be, so all the attention is on the special features. Punters will have to prove their worth before triggering any of them, but we can say that Wild Free Spins and regular Free Spins are triggered quite often, at least that was the case with us. At certain points it seems that the reels spin forever, so a fast-forward option would have been a good addition. All in all, do not miss out on the chance to battle against ninjas and win some serious cash.