The Eastern Emeralds Megaways™ slot from Quickspin is the follow up to the original Eastern Emeralds, with the key difference being the number of ways to win: 16,807 as opposed to 20. Here, our experts explain how this Asian-themed game fares in this review,
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The Eastern Emeralds Megaways™ slot is the sequel to Eastern Emeralds, Quickspin’s 2018 Asian-themed bonanza.
The developers have kept the same Asian aesthetic, with a pagoda topping the grid and plenty of themed symbols. This, however, is very much skin deep, and there’s nothing about the actual gameplay that is related to the theme.
Even so, this high-volatility game has plenty to offer, including an 96.04% RTP rating and four free spins options. Sadly, though, this game does not come with the standard 117,649 ways to win, but just 16,807 instead.
Playable from £/€/$0.20 up to £/€/$100, this game still has a lot to offer – so let’s explore it together below.
Graphics & Sounds: 70%
Bonus Features: 50%
Overall score: 63%
Although most new Megaways™ slots come with plenty of bonus features, this title does not. In fact, you won’t even get access to the pretty-much standard cascading reels feature. Nevertheless, the two bonus features the game does offer are among the best we’ve seen in our Megaways™ catalogue.
The Emerald Wild Multipliers – appropriately represented by an emerald framed in a golden frame with dragons – can appear on Reels 2 to 5. Their first function is that of a normal wild, and they will replace all other symbols in a winning combination with the exception of the scatter.
But, of course, they are also multipliers, with their value varying depending on which reel they land on: wilds that land on Reel 2 come with a 2x multiplier, on Reel 3 with a 3x multiplier, and so on until you get a 5x multiplier.
All good slots have a free spins feature, with the Eastern Emeralds Megaways™ actually exceeding expectations in this regard.
As in most other titles in our list of Megaways™ slots list, you’ll need to land three or more Phoenix Bonus Scatter symbols to activate it.
When this happens, you are first given four options from which to choose:
But that’s not all! You are also given the chance to gamble your free spins, potentially winning up to four times as many – though you may also lose them all too.
If you decide to gamble them, the game will take you to a different area where two golden koi fish spin. Once they stop spinning, it’s your job to guess and pick the one which will double your free spins. Then, they will spin again and, if you pick the right one again, your doubled amount of free spins will double once more.
So, if you’re lucky:
All these free spins come with the same multipliers mentioned above, too! The only downside is that scatter symbols do not land during the free spins feature, which is understandable considering you can win so many free spins.
If you don’t want to wait for the free spins to trigger organically, you could always opt for the Bonus Buy feature. Costing 90x your stake per spin, this feature will give you access to the guaranteed free spins with the option of gambling them – though, once again, keep in mind you may lose them all.
This game has an RTP rating of 96.04%, which is slightly above the average but nowhere near enough to make it onto our highest RTP Megaways™ slots list.
This is coupled with high volatility, meaning you can expect larger wins on an infrequent basis. In other words, you’ll need to budget your bankroll according to how long you plan to play the game.
The max win on this game is 17,421x your stake, which is a decent amount considering the highest wager is £/€/$100. Of course, such a win is incredibly rare and very hard to achieve.
Eastern Emeralds Megaways™ has a minimum bet of £/€/$0.20 and a maximum of £/€/$100, with 14 bet options in between. This makes this game both a great low-stakes Megaways™ slot and a fantastic high-roller option too.
As with the original version of the Eastern Emeralds slot game, this Megaways™ offering has an Asian theme, with the game set inside a pagoda placed amidst beautiful scenery. The result is a colourful version of the ultimate chinoiserie decoration: the Willow pattern.
Even so, this theme is mostly used for the aesthetic rather than for the gameplay. In fact, apart from the gamble feature where two koi spin in a ying-yang fashion, the theme does not really come into play.
All the features and controls are laid out exactly where you’d expect them to be. Plus, everything looks and sounds gorgeous, with crisp graphics and a pleasant soundtrack.
The Eastern Emeralds Megaways™ slot has a pretty easy paytable to figure out.
These amounts are indeed low, but the game comes with two special symbols that can help you boost your winnings.
Like any modern slot, this game can be played smart mobile and tablet device that runs on either Android or iOS.
Even so, we have to admit that the way the slot has been designed makes it look far nicer on a big screen!
Given that the Eastern Emeralds Megaways™ slot is hugely volatile, you may want to try it out for free using the demo version beforehand.
UK players should note that they will still need to sign up (but not make a deposit) to do so. This is, once again, due to a UKGC license that aims to prevent underage gambling.
As with any slot game, this one too comes with pros and cons.
Overall, we think that the Eastern Emeralds Megaways™ slot is worth playing; however, experienced players should curb their expectations. While the features offered are great, the lack of some basic ones – like cascading reels – is quite disappointing. That is why our advice is to try out the demo version first before going ahead and playing the real thing.
|Number of ways||117,649|
|Number of ways||117,649 Megaways™|
|Number of ways||Up to 117,649|
|Number of ways||470,596|
|Provider||Big Time Gaming|
|Volatility||Medium to High|
|Number of ways||117,649|
|Number of ways||15,625|
|Number of ways||Unlimited|
|Provider||Big Time Gaming|
|Number of ways||N/A|
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