Imperial Wealth from Konami is a 5 reel pokie packed full of Chinese traditions and magic. The phrase “Imperial Wealth” refers to the immense wealth and power of the ancient Chinese Empire. The golden dragon at the center of the game’s imagery is also a classic symbol of the prosperity of the empire. And as the game studio producing this game comes out of China, this is hardly surprising. But the big question is, does the game live up to the title? Read our full review below.
Classic pokies feel
This game is one of those old school pokies which could have been designed anytime from the eighties onwards. There’s a reels screen within a decorative frame and a multitude of playing card symbols alongside the game specific icons. Possibly, this game has a really huge following in its native China because many of the icons are obviously meaningful or written in Chinese characters, but to non-Chinese players, these symbols will just be symbols. But anyone who’s ever played a free pokies game won’t need the game explained, just look out for your 3, 4 or 5 in-a-rows along selected paylines to win prizes. All you really need to know is that the scatter is a scroll written with Chinese text and the wild is known as the substitute and is a gold dragon on a similar scroll.
Framed icons feature
A novel element of Konami's Imperial Wealth is the golden framed symbols. These are stacked symbols which are replaced by the same symbol before every spin. When these frames show up on three or more reels, a new feature, the Lucky Frames feature is activated. Now, any frames on the reels will nudge and expand to fill the reel, greatly increasing your chances of a win.
As you’d expect from a Chinese game, the number 8 shows up here a lot as a lucky number. The scatter gets you free spins just like in most pokies but here the scatter can become stacked if it is shown within the golden screens. These action stacked scatter symbols can very easily be converted into whole-reel bonus icons. If all three positions go to the scatter, in combinations of 3, 4 or 5 of a kind, players can land 8, 18 or 88 free spins. The 88 free spins idea is pretty phenomenal because if you land this, you’ll certainly start to see the auspiciousness of the number 8.
While these two elements are both great features, they really are the only unusual things about Imperial Wealth. Otherwise, it is a pokie like any other. With 30 fixed paylines, the only thing you can control in the bet is how much money you choose to stake per spin. There is also a max bet and an autospin feature for those who just like to let nature take its course. That said, its easy playing and low requirements make it the perfect game for playing anywhere at all from your desktop, mobile or tablet and for novice players too.
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