Journey to the West Slots - TopGame
ABOUT JOURNEY TO THE WEST SLOTS
In the rising tide of slots themed around the oriental, far-east cultures, Journey to the West puts on its best face to try and match up with other large names already present there. The effort is very clear – the high detail of the graphics, the soothing, mystical soundtrack, and the inclusion of many symbols present in such a culture. With 5 reels and 25 paylines, this game invites you to join the diverse band of adventurers to sail west and uncover what mysteries lie there.
Split into two tiers, the icons in this slot shine in their quality. Golden coins with lettering atop in the same style as the Chinese alphabet form the lower paying bracket, while the higher paying symbols make up the adventuring band itself – a bearded monk, a humanoid pig dressed in a robe, a rich prince, and a half-monkey character.
Special icons include both Wilds and Scatters. Wilds come on top of a jade coin with a breath taking pattern drawn on top of it, though its somewhat obscured by the large yellow letters that spell out Wild. It can substitute for any other symbols except Scatters.
Scatters are a green coin with two golden dragons trailing along its side, with the words Free Spins inscribed into the icon itself. As the words suggest, Scatters in this game are used to award a free spins bonus, and a substantial one at that.
HOW TO PLAY
The standard user interface we see in all other Topgame releases returns here once more. It’s clean, offering you most of the relevant information you need, though the heavier focus on coins over money may mean you’ll have a harder time keeping track just how much you’re losing or winning each round.
Playable for as little as $0.25 up to $125, Journey to the West does its best to appeal to both low rollers and high rollers alike. The betting range seems fair, and the lure of getting 4000x your total wager by netting five Wilds in a row will undoubtedly draw in the most profit minded players looking to chase that thrill.
Much like before, the Autoplay option in Topgame’s product still has not improved much. The slots are rather enjoyable, but we have come to expect things such as loss limits or to set the autoplay option to stop before any of the features are activated. It isn’t the largest nitpick, but one we feel was worth mentioning.
Three or more Scatters will activate the free spins bonus. You are taken to a different screen, where the game presents you with a choice. You pick on of the four regular symbols or a Wild, and each of them grants you a different multiplier, and will make that icon appear more in the slot. The higher value of the symbol, the smaller multiplier you receive.
In our experience, due to the lower paying range of the icons, it feels better to go with the more valuable ones, such as the Wild or half-monkey. Especially when this is paired with you gaining only 5 bonus rounds, and needing to rely on getting more Scatters to extend the special feature, it feels safer to go with the higher paying option.
It looks gorgeous, and we love it, but apart from the free spins that it offers, Scatters are useless in the remainder of the game.
Five Wilds in a row will net you the largest win possible in the slot, which is 4000x your total wager. The best odds for this would be to choose Wilds as your special icon during the free spins option, as it increases the chances of Wilds appearing on the reels.