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Ming Imperial Guards

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Ming Imperial Guards is an online slot from KA Gaming. It has 5 reels, 3 rows and 25 paylines...

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  • Wilds and scatters
  • Bonus game
  • Free spins
  • No turboplay
  • No progressive jackpot
  • No multipliers

According to the makers the game’s RTP is 96.02 per cent and its variance level is medium. Its theme involves the imperial guards who guarantee the safety of the Ming Dynasty emperors in China. It includes wilds, scatters and free spins.


Taiwan’s KA Gaming specialises in Asian themed slots, but is not averse to producing something completely off the wall: just take a look at the Huhu Fighting slot from KA Gaming for a great example. Other KA Gaming free play slots are a little more sober, like Ming Imperial Guards, which is a fairly respectful representation of these remarkable historical figures who played a major role in maintaining the security and longevity of the Ming Dynasty for nearly 300 years while Europe was riven by instability and war. You can sample it as a free play demo at Slots Temple as well as other online casino sites.

Ming Imperial Guards has a 5-reel, 3-row grid with 25 fixed pay lines. The minimum bet size is 0.25 and the maximum is 125. There are 8 regular symbols, Red Guard, Crossed Sabres, Green Guard, Sword, Temple, Three Guards, Emperor and Tiger. There is a bonus which is a scroll, a scatter which is a shield and a wild which is a Yellow Guard.

Theme, graphics and soundtrack

This is a nicely drawn game which is neither comic book not traditional, but strikes a tasteful balance. It’s tempting to assume this lack of patronising stereotypes may have something to do with the nationality of its creators but whatever the reason it’s very effective.

What is a little disappointing is the way the fairly authentic sounding musical accompaniment of the base game gives way to rather bland synthesiser pop during the free spins.

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Ming Imperial Guards RTP and variance

The game has an RTP of 96.02 per cent and its variance is medium.

How to play Ming Imperial Guards

Click the Play button or you can press the space bar to start the reels spinning at the current total bet value. 

Press the Spin/Stop button again to stop the reels at any time during the spin.

  1. Click New Bet to set the bet level from 0.25 to 125.00.
  2. Alternatively, click Max Bet to go straight to the highest possible bet level.
  3. Click and hold spin to enter the Auto-play menu. This allows you to set the number of spins from 25 to infinity. The button shows the number of auto spins which remain. Press the button again to exit auto play.
  4. The balance meter at the bottom right of the screen displays your current balance which will be constantly updated during the game.
  5. All symbols except Scatter pay left to right on active paylines. Only the highest win per payline is paid out. All wins except Scatter are multiplied by the per-line bet. Scatter wins are multiplied by the total bet.
  6. The Wild substitutes for all symbols except the Scatter.
  7. Always enjoy online slots responsibly and if choosing to bet real money, set yourself clear limits according to what you can afford to lose. If the game is no longer fun to play, you should stop playing.

Bet sizes and paytable wins

The bet size ranges from 0.25 to 125

The paytable values run from 2x or 3x to 5x and the highest pay-outs (with the minimum bet) are as follows:

Red Guard x5 = 10

Crossed Sabres x5 = 5

Green Guard x5 = 5

Sword x5 = 2.50
Bonus (scroll) x5 = 1.50

Temple x5 = 1

Three Guards x5 = 1

Emperor x5 = 0.80

Tiger x5 = 0.80

Scatter x5 = 2

Ming Imperial Guards
Max-win 3,000x
Ming Imperial Guards
Volatility Medium
Ming Imperial Guards
Top RTP 96.02%

Ming Imperial Guards bonus features

Free Games Bonus

During free games all symbols except the Scatter pay left to right and right to left on active paylines. All 5-of-a-kind line wins award multipliers of 3x but pay left to right only.

Shooting Assassins Bonus

During the base game if you land 4 or more adjacent bonus symbols without wild substituting, starting from the left, you will trigger the Shooting Assassins Bonus. The aim is to shoot the assassins to win. The larger your bet the larger the bonus wins.

Ming Imperial Guards review: our verdict

A relatively simple base game - which is perfectly engaging and good-looking - is enlivened by the secret weapon of its Shooting Assassins game where you dispatch black clad assassins with swift bow-and-arrow fire. Apart from this fun feature it’s a conventional kind of slot, but well worth investigating.

Disclaimer: Ming Imperial Guards trademark / license is owned by KA Gaming. This site is not endorsed by KA Gaming.

Slot Data
Slot Name: Ming Imperial Guards
Software: KA Gaming
RTP: 96.02%
Volatility: Medium volatility
Paylines: 25
Reels: 5
Min Bet (all lines covered): £0.05 (GBP)
Max Bet: £1000 (GBP)
Top Win: 3000
Features: Wild Symbol, Scatter Symbol, Free Spins, Medium volatility, 5 Reels
UK Available in UK? No. :maker does not have a UKGC license and cannot offer their games at UK licensed casinos.


What is the RTP and variance?

The RTP is 96.02 per cent and the variance is medium.

What does RTP actually mean?

RTP stands for Return to Player. The calculation represents the average percentage a player might receive in winnings over the course of play. However, this is based on calculations including all possible win levels. This means the level of losses will always outweigh any large wins. The average player’s return will be lower than the total stake wagered.

What does variance mean?

Variance or volatility is a term originally used to measure the game of poker but now applied to slots as an indicator of the frequency and the size of pay-outs. High variance games offer large pay-outs but deliver them rarely, while low variance games will give small pay-outs more often.

Are the spin results really random?

Yes. All the spins in the game are dictated purely by random number generation algorithms so that there is no human involvement in or influence over the outcomes.

Is there a secret to winning in online slots?

There is no connection between spins and no likelihood of any particular combination occurring. The spins are entirely random and therefore there is no way for a player to influence the game.

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