Based on the royal house that ruled China from the 14th to the 17th century, Ming Dynasty is a 5 reel, 30 payline slot from 2 By 2 Gaming. Available on all devices, this historical adventure comes with a bonus feature that awards up to 50 free spins where 1 randomly chosen symbol will pay scatter style. Stakes range from between 30p and £30 per spin.

The design in Ming Dynasty has a classical feel – set against a mountain backdrop and enclosed within a temple style building, the reels include A to 10 playing cards and 6 higher value, Chinese-themed symbols.

In ascending order of value, look out for the sword and scroll, temple and a trio of warriors. The most lucrative of these pays 500 coins for a 5-symbol combination. The Ming Dynasty logo is the wild – it can land on the middle 3 reels only and substitutes for everything apart from the scatter.

On each spin, every reel contains a selection of mystery positions. These can be replaced by the same matching symbol which can be anything other than the wild or scatter. This is known as the Mystery feature.

The gong is that scatter – land 3, 4 or 5 of them anywhere on the same spin and you’ll pocket a payout equal to 1, 5 or 25 times your total stake. You’ll also activate the Free Spins feature. Depending on the number of scatters, you’ll receive 10, 15 or 25 free spins.

Before the feature begins, you’ll be given a choice of tiles – pick 1. The symbol revealed will be the special ‘anyway’ symbol. This pays out scatter style and offers extra chances of creating winning lines. You can re-trigger another round of free spins here by landing 3 or more scatters giving you potentially 50 free spins in total.

Ming Dynasty is a simple but playable slot – the classical design is nicely done and matches the theme well. The range of features isn’t the widest but the mystery positions can help things along in the base game.

More interesting is the Free Spins feature – land a high value mystery symbol and the coins can quickly flow. Combine that with a re-trigger and some decent results are possible. Imperial China is a popular setting for slots. Ming Dynasty is a perfectly solid, if unflashy, addition.

With good looks and an interesting feature, it’s certainly worth considering if you enjoy the Chinese genre. I also recommend you take a look at The Great Ming Empire by Playtech which has a very similar theme.