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Are you feeling philosophical? You need to be, because Wu Xing from Blueprint Gaming, is pretty deep stuff!

Wu Xing is all about a system of thinking in fives, which comes from ancient Chinese culture. There are the five elements, the five movements, the five processes, five planets, five stages and so on. The elements are water, wood, fire, earth and metal. The planets are Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Mercury. It all goes back two thousand years, and this system of thought influences things like feng shui, Chinese medicine, music, martial arts and more. It's a philosophy that explains the connections in the different parts of the universe, and the way that systems, from politics to the galaxies, keep their different parts in balance.

And it's certainly carrying on with its influence when it comes to slot games too! There's a Wu Xing from NetEnt and one from Genesis - so it's a particularly popular theme with games developers. We'll look at some similar titles later, but right now we're looking at the Blueprint Gaming title, and it's undoubtedly one of the best when it comes to rich graphics and detailed design.

So we've got five symbols for whichever five entities you want to choose. They've each got a Chinese character on them (水, 金, 土, 火, 木) or so we're told. And each is differently coloured.

This is a beautifully designed game, colourful but with crisp graphics that have an abstract feel to them because of course, the symbols are just that - symbolic of various elements. The scatter is a symbol with a yin and yang symbol at its centre. This is definitely worth getting as three of these anywhere on the reels activate the Wu Xing free spins feature.

When you're not playing for free, Wu Xing is a progressive slot with a jackpot shared with various casinos. Obviously, when you're playing for free, that functionality isn't available but this is still a great game to play. It has 5 reels, and 40 paylines with super stacks, free spins features, super respins and more.

The Wu Xing logo is the best paying symbol. Super stacked, these can pay out 20 times your stake for five of them. The famous black and white yin and yang symbol is the scatter.

In Wu Xing, yin and yang mean free spins

Any three of the yin and yang scatters award you free spins. For the remainder of the free spins, any yin and yang scatter symbol, in any position on any reel, gives you the scatter win value (displayed on the right of the play area). If you trigger the bonus with four scatters, you get the Super Respin bonus game. If you trigger with five scatters, you get two Super Respin bonus games.

The Wu Xing wild shows the Wu Xing logo and substitutes for all symbols except the yin and yang scatters. The logo is the highest paying symbol - if you get super stacked versions and five of them are on a payline, you're in line for 20 times your stake.

The Five Elements Wu Xing bonus

During any spin, whether it's in the basic game or a feature, the bonus round can be activated. You'll be in no doubt when this happens - the lights go down, and lightning bolts energise each reel, bringing random transformations to the symbols. After the last bolt has fired off, the mystery positions will be revealed. They'll have the same matching scatter - which one will define the amount you win.

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What are Wu Xing symbols worth?

Well, here we ran into some difficulty, because the Chinese characters are great - if you're a reader of Chinese characters. As we're not, we'll have to go with the colours of the symbols that the characters are displayed against. So the red disk and the pale blue disk are worth 10, 2, 0.8 and 0.1 for five symbols, four, three and two respectively.

The green and grey disks displaying Chinese characters both score the same. That's 8, 1.5 and 0.5 for five symbols, four and three respectively.

The dark blue symbol and the Ace in the playing card set are worth 6, 1 and 0.4 for five symbols, four and three respectively.

The Queen and King are both worth 4, 0.5 and 0.2 for five symbols, four and three respectively.

The Jack and the 10 are both worth 2, 0.5 and 0.2 for five symbols, four and three respectively.

RTP and variance

Released in January 2017, Wu Xing is a medium variance game. The way variance works is that games are high, medium or low. Which kind of game you like will very much depend on what kind of player you are. Are you the kind of person with nerves of steel, who's prepared to take your losses, even big ones, while you wait for the big payout to show up? Then high variance is for you. You might have to wait a while for a win, but when you get one, your patience and cool head are well rewarded.

Or are you someone who likes a steady flow of wins and doesn't mind if they're not too big? Someone who gets worried if they see their credits or coins steadily diminishing, while they wait for a bonus or a free spins round? You'll much prefer low variance games.

Wu Xing should be able to keep both kinds of player happy though - it's medium variance. So there'll sometimes be a bit of a nail-biting wait, followed by a good win, but usually you won't have to wait too long to see some of your coins back in your credit balance.

RTP is return to player, and in theory, it's the measurement of how much money you'll get back in winnings, for the amount you wager. The RTP on Wu Xing is 92.5%. That's low, by slot standards - some slots are up in the 98% category, and a lot of them cluster around 95% to 97%.

Of course, you can't pay too much attention to the RTP, because although games companies have to prove to the licensing authorities that their RTP is correct, there's a get-out. It only has to be correct over many thousands of spins - it's often measured over 100,000 spins. Now, in an average session you might be going at it quite hard if you do 1,000 spins, even with autospin on. So your average return could be much higher, or much lower.

If you like Wu Xing, why not try…….

… some of the many titles that have an asian slots theme and can be played for free? Luckily, Slots Temple has done the hard work for you, and if you click on Themes at the top of the screen, you'll see a list of various themes. Just scroll down to "Oriental" and click on it - you'll find a feast of Chinese, Japanese and other oriental themed slots.

This is a popular theme with games developers, and that has meant quite a lot of competition between them. This is a good thing because they know they can't just put up some lazy Chinese cliches and get away with it - they have to do their research on the culture, produce some great looking graphics, and most of all, make the gameplay super engaging.

Of course, that doesn't mean they have to be serious! There are almost as many different approaches to presenting oriental themed games as there are players. Some, like Blueprint's Wu Xing, present as a well researched and beautifully realised game. Others just wanna have fun! The result is you get everything from giggling prosperity babies, to serious Kung Fu, to Chinese legends, to beautiful princesses. Which is great because the beauty of slots is the huge diversity of the games. Some are really authentic. Some - not so much. So let's take a look at some of the outstanding titles for players who liked Wu Xing.

Fie Long Zai Tian - The Flying Dragon

This Playtech game looks gorgeous. It's set against a peaceful lake, ringed by mountains, with the sunlight glinting on the water. The graphics are beautifully drawn, for example, koi carp, and the Fenghuang bird which we know as the Phoenix. And the gameplay lives up to the setting. There are clumped wilds, mystery stacked reels, and the famous red envelopes that Chinese people give to celebrate special occasions, and that contain - lots of rewards. Look out for the golden money toad (Jin Chan), too. There are fantastic reel animations and five of the beautiful green dragon wilds will reward you with 10,000 times your wager!

Mystery of Longwei

iSoftBet wants to take you on a journey along the famous Silk Road with Mystery of Longwei. From the fantastic golden dragon that introduces the game, you know you're in for spills and thrills. There are lotus flowers, koi carp, the Phoenix, a tiger and a pagoda scatter. It has a great Colossal Symbols feature which is activated when the dragon lands on reel one. The middle three reels are occupied by giant symbols, and they continue appearing until the dragon disappears. Three or more scatters mean up to 30 free spins, with extra Colossals! If a high paying symbol lands on the middle two reels it also turns colossal, and so do the possible prizes.

Fu Dao Le from SG Digital is definitely a light-hearted celebration of Chinese culture. We've got the famous good fortune babies, the carp and lots of other luscious and colourful symbols. The game has expanding wilds, mystery stacked reels and red envelope jackpots. What's more, there's a jackpot bonus feature which includes a pick game. You get fifteen coins and can keep selecting from the ones on offer until you have three matching coins. You'll find you've got Mini, Minor, Major and Maxi. Although these sound like old British cars, they're actually fantastic rewards.

OK, so that's enough of that, bring on the beauties! Well if you like your princesses with manga goo-goo eyes and spiky hair, we're in business. Koi Princess from NetEnt has more bonuses than a pond stuffed full of koi has fish! Like all the games mentioned here, you can play this on mobile and tablet, so you've got the game wherever you go. It's a five reel slot with 20 paylines, and a fantastic Bonus Bet feature. Feeling lucky? Then use Bonus Bet to double your wager before your next spin. You'll see the Activated/Deactivated button at the right of the dashboard. When you activate the Bonus Bet feature you increase your chances of winning bonus and random features. It's also well worth it, because like all slots, the bonuses in Koi Princess use your bet level as it was set on the spin that activated the bonus - you can't change it. So taking the Bonus Bet option could make all the difference.

With Sure Win Free Spins, Fandom Wilds, a pick round, bonuses, a wheel spin and more, you are most certainly going to be entertained. NetEnt don't let up for a minute, and the pace is fast!

One surprising thing is how few Asian slots are themed around food - given that the Chinese are great masters of cuisine, where are the games with delicious duck and fabulous flavoured fish? Nowhere to be seen - games developers please supply some!

Slots Temple is a great place to explore these and other oriental themed slots. And when you've taken a great journey through the Orient, why not try Space? Or animals? Or any of our other themed collections. Playing for free is a great way to learn the game so that if you do decide to play for real, you know you what you're doing. Remember not to overdo it though - set limits, and always remember to enjoy your slot gaming.


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Slot Data
Slot Name: Wu Xing
Software: Blueprint Gaming
RTP: 96.568%
Volatility: Medium volatility
Paylines: 40
Reels: 5
Min Bet (all lines covered): £0.50 (GBP)
Max Bet: £500 (GBP)
Top Win: 0
Features: Progressive , Wild Symbol , Scatter Symbol , Multiplier , Medium volatility , 5 Reels
UK Available in GB? Yes. Blueprint Gaming have a UKGC license and are allowed to offer their games at UK licensed casinos.

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