Like much of Bally's content Fu Dao Le started off life in the bricks and mortar Casino and it's generally true to say that only the best land-based stuff gets the online make-over - developers are generally pretty convinced of the game's quality and play-ability by the g=time they sanction an online reboot. We think this works well online - it's good fun and jam-packed full of Bonus features. Read our full review below.
I know what you are thinking, 'not another oriental-themed slot!' No, maybe that's just us (five of the last ten game we've reviewed have been oriental in theme)... In all seriousness, Fu Dao Le game was never going to be a let down, it has earned its strips in the land-based environment, it was simply a case of how well Bally Technologies managed to transfer the offline experience online and as tends to be the case these days they have done a pretty bang-on job of it.
This is a 243 ways to win game - this means you don't have to worry about paylines - if you get matching symbols on consecutive reels (from left to right). Scatters are paid for symbols appearing in any position on the reels.
It has a whole host of features that we describe below, so much so that it really feels like there is a lot going on with every spin - there's always something to be revealed on the reels when a spin in complete so this makes every spin great fun and the the game never gets boring.
Features with in the game
The game has Expanding Wilds, or Clumped Wilds as Fu Dao Le calls them - this means a partial clump of staked wilds on a reel will expand to turn the whole reel wild which is what we want to see as a player! During the base game clumped wilds only appear on reel 3. In addition to the Clumped Wilds there is also a 'Mystery Stacked Reels' feature, each reel contains stacked mystery symbol positions that are replaced with one random symbol after each reel spin is complete. The only symbols that the mystery symbols cannot be replaced with are Clumped Wilds, Wonus, Envelop 1 and Envelop 2 (spoil sports).
So what are these envelopes you speak of? The 'Red Envelop Jackpots' appear on reels 1 and 5 - they substitute for the symbol that appears watermarked on the envelop and then payout according that symbols value in the paytable.
Jackpot Bonus Feature
A stack of Clumped Wild reels on reel 3 randomly starts the Jackpot Bonus feature. This feature is pick bonus game in which you keep selecting coins from the 15 on offer until you have x3 matching coins. You'll end up with 3 of either Mini, Minor, Major or Maxi - and be awarded the corresponding jackpot.
Free Games Bonus Feature
3 scattered Wonus symbols starts the free spins feature - you'll get 8 free game in addition to a nice little bonus of x2 your total bet - so that you are guaranteed not to walk away empty handed. Free spins can be re-triggered within the game.
With a payout rate of 96% and excellent graphics that are full of deep reds and gold this game is one that stays interesting - we've kept playing it over the course of the last few days and it does not feel samey or dull in any way and that's got to be a good thing! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
|Game Name:||Fu Dao Le|
|Min Bet (all lines covered):||0.38|