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Pokie Review

Pragmatic Play’s Journey to the West is based on the 16th century classic of Chinese literature, which followed the legendary pilgrimage of its four heroes Wukong, Xuanzang, Zhu and Sha. But don’t let that put you off, just think in terms of the popular TV series ‘Monkey’ and then play on for riches, surprises, and some incredible gameplay animations. Lovers of free online pokies, whether you’re high rollers or you like some incredible visual action, will want to play Journey to the West.

Tripitaka, Pigsy, Sandy and Monkey

If you loved ‘Monkey’ then you’ll recognise all your favourites here. It’s difficult to emphasise how great this game looks and the sheer surprise when your stacked hero symbols animate for a win.

The soundtrack has a suitably oriental theme and the reels behave differently, speeding up when there’s a potential win to be had, which adds some extra dynamism. Every detail down to the Chinese temple frame, the gently swinging lanterns and the drifting fireflies add to this fully realised game universe.

In fact, the only false note is struck when you hit a really big payout and the theme changes to a generic tune as coins explode all over the screen. It’s definitely a false note we can live with!

Stack ‘em High

Because of the way the stacked symbols behave, this pokie has a 5x3 grid and 25 paylines. Coin values range from 0.01 to 50, meaning it’s possible to bet 0.25 coins to a massive 1,250 coins per spin. High rollers out there will definitely want to make this journey, particularly since all wins are paid in multipliers.

Epic Paytable

Journey to the West is an epic pokie, with epic paytable prizes for a full house to match:

1, 2 symbols: 13x

3, 4 symbols: 15x

Sandy/Sha: 25x

Pigsy/Xiu: 30x

Tripitaka/Xuanzang: 50x

Monkey/Wukong: 100x

In our test spins, we definitely hit the bigger payouts with more regularity than the smaller ones, giving this pokie the potential to have a low dispersal rate. The stacked symbols are your path to big rewards.

Monkey Wilds, Pigsy Spins

Actually, the wild and scatter symbols are simply clearly marked words, but you’ll want to see them on your reels spin after spin, and you will.

The wild substitutes for any symbol except the scatter to create some incredible stacked symbol wins. The wild also pays out 400x when you land 5 on the reels.

But it’s the double dragon scatter that you’ll really want to land, as 3 or more take you into the free spins round. There are 5 free spins on offer, but with a huge range of multipliers and full house wins:

Wild: 1x, 5 pays 400x

Monkey/Wukong: 2x, 5 pays 100x

Tripitaka/Xuanzang: 3x, 5 pays 50x

Pigsy/Xiu: 4x, 5 pays 30

Sandy/Sha: 5x, 5 pays 25

Free spins can also be retriggered during the bonus game, endlessly according to the rules!

Take a Journey to the West

There are other games out there with similar themes, taking Journey to the West as their inspiration. Our recommendation? These are the heroes you want to take a trip with!

Game Information
Game Name: Journey to the West
Software: Genesis
Game Type: -
Paylines: 25
Reels: 5
Min Bet (all lines covered): 0.25
Max Bet: 13
Top win: 1,000
RTP: 96.47%
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