HOW TO PLAY EMPRESS OF THE JADE SWORD
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.