Detective Chinatown

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  • Generous free spins
  • Great for fans of the web TV series
  • Easy to set up and play
  • The music is very loud and repetitive
  • The RTP and variance are unknown

Detective Chinatown is an online slot developed by Iconic Gaming. This cartoon-style detective-themed slot has five reels, 50 paylines, and an unknown RTP and variance. Features include wilds, scatters and free spins.


Detective Chinatown, one of the Iconic Gaming demo slots available to play here at Slots Temple, is inspired by a very popular Chinese web TV series of the same name. Pitched as a comedy-drama, the game seems very true to the show that inspired it, which will please the legion of fans. 

You don’t need to be familiar with the show and its characters to enjoy playing Detective Chinatown. Take a look around the site and you will get to know the faces as time passes.

Graphics & soundtrack 

The screen is pretty much filled with the grid and its 5x4 reels. The grid is edged with a fancy gold decoration, which keeps things classy but simple. This is a good move, as anything more would be overwhelming with so many oversized images fighting for attention.

There are ten symbols featured in this slot. Five are images of people or things from the show, while the other five are the lower-paying playing cards. Apart from the vibrantly coloured playing card symbols, you will see a black and white dog, a cherub statue, a young woman, the detective character (the wild), a bonus symbol with a man on it, a man with sunglasses, and another man with a beard and a moustache. 

There is nothing really positive to say about the music and sounds in this slot. Sadly, this is an area that Detective Chinatown really falls down on. There is no shortage of noise but it is over the top - think noisy, repetitive and chaotic. It is especially bad when the reels spin and trigger sound effects that clash badly with the background music.

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Detective Chinatown RTP and variance

Unfortunately, there is no information available on either the return to player rate or the variance level of Detective Chinatown. This may be released at some point in the future; for now, it is a mystery. From playing the demo game, we got the impression that both the RTP rate and volatility level are pretty average; however, there is no official word on either.

How to play Detective Chinatown

Detective Chinatown is a pretty straightforward slot to play, with a simple control panel. Here is a quick run-through of how to play:

  1. The bet size per spin is adjusted via the plus and minus buttons near the bet multiplier symbol. The total stake per spin will be displayed here.
  2. There are two stages to activate autoplay. First, click on the button with two curved arrows, which releases the turbo option button. Further down the page is the autospin control. Keep in mind that once activated, autospin plays until the player clicks the play button to halt it. 
  3. To explore information on the slot’s paytables, paylines and bonus features, click the button with three horizontal lines. This is also the route to the sound controls.

Bet sizes & paytable wins 

The bet sizes range from 1 credit per spin to 500 credits per spin. There are eight levels between these two extremes.

The highest possible payouts, which are triggered by landing five matching symbols, are as follows:

  • Bonus symbol = 50x stake multiplier
  • Man in sunglasses = 18x
  • Woman = 12x
  • Bearded man = 9x
  • Dog, cherub statue = 7.2x
  • Playing cards = less than 5x

Detective Chinatown bonus features 


The detective is the star of the slot, as he takes the role of the wild. This enables him to sub for any of the other symbols except for the bonus symbol to help create a winning line. He also has a payout attached, with five matching symbols paying 48x.

Bonus symbol

The bonus symbol features the bad guy character from the show. You won’t mind seeing him around, as three or more bonus images bring a guaranteed win:

5 bonus symbols pay a 50x multiplier (of the current stake)
4 bonus symbols pay a 10x multiplier 
3 bonus symbols pay a 2x multiplier 

Free spins

Free spins are also triggered by the bonus symbol:
3 bonus symbols deliver 12 free spins
4 bonus symbols deliver 24 free spins
5 bonus symbols deliver 40 free spins

The free spins bonus cannot be retriggered.

Detective Chinatown review: our verdict

Apart from the annoying music, Detective Chinatown is an interesting slot to play. It is bound to be especially appealing to fans of the related TV show, but - of course - anyone is welcome to play. 

Detective Chinatown does have a few drawbacks, such as the lack of an official RTP and variance and a very basic autoplay control with no win limits to promote responsible play. It is worth keeping these things in mind and ensuring you always play responsibly by never chasing losses and quitting if the game is no longer fun.

Players who like free slots and want to explore the detective theme should give Holmes and the Stolen Stones a try. This game delivers an impressive 96.8 per cent RTP and a modern makeover of a classic character. Players also get to enjoy some generous and interesting bonuses.

Disclaimer: Detective Chinatown trademark / license is owned by Iconic Gaming. This site is not endorsed by Iconic Gaming.

Slot Data
Slot Name: Detective Chinatown
Software: Iconic Gaming
Paylines: 50
Reels: 5
Min Bet (all lines covered): £1.00 (GBP)
Max Bet: £500 (GBP)
Top Win: 800
Features: Wild Symbol, Scatter Symbol, Free Spins, 5 Reels
UK Available in GB? Game is not available in GB.


What is the RTP of Detective Chinatown?

The return to player rate of Detective Chinatown is not listed anywhere. During demo play sessions, it appeared to be around average.

How volatile is Detective Chinatown?

The official volatility level of Detective Chinatown is not known. When playing the demo version of this slot, it seemed to pay out reasonably often.

What is the biggest win available on Detective Chinatown?

The biggest possible win in the main game of Detective Chinatown depends on two factors. Someone placing a maximum stake of 500 who lands land five bonus symbols will secure a 50x multiplier, which will pay out 25,000 credits in free demo mode.

Does Detective Chinatown have a free spins bonus round?

Yes, Detective Chinatown has a free spins feature that is triggered by the bonus symbol. Between 12 and 40 free spins are up for grabs.

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