Whenever we see a slot with the name Ming in the title, we’re hopeful that it will feature the ultimate bearded baddie from the Flash Gordon movie. We’re still waiting though as Ming Warrior from Ainsworth is a historic Chinese-themed slot. Played using a 5 reel, 20 payline game engine, it comes with a pair of bonus features that award up to 15 free spins with wild multipliers of 2x or 8x. Join the battle from between 20p and £2,000 per spin.

The design in Ming Warrior is quite impressive – flanked by a pair of imposing, dragon clad columns, and backed by a fortress entrance, the reels include stylised playing cards and a selection of historically-themed objects. You’ll see flags, swords and daggers. The most rewarding of the standard symbols is the horse. Land 2, 3, 4 or 5 of these on a payline and you’ll win 5, 50, 100 or 1,000 coins.

The mighty warrior is the wild – he doesn’t offer any payouts in his own right but he does replace all symbols apart from the scatter. The wild is especially important during the feature round.

To trigger that Free Games feature, you’ll need to land 3 or more scatters on the same spin. As well as a payout equal to 2, 20 or 100 times your total bet, you’ll also activate 1 of the 2 free spin rounds. These are chosen at random.

If allocated Free Spins 1, you’ll receive 10 free spins. Any wins that contain the warrior wild sees the payout doubled. Things improve markedly if awarded Free Spins 2 – once again, you’ll get 10 free spins. In this case though, wild wins are boosted by an 8x multiplier. In both instances, the wild can land on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 only. Land 2 scatters during the feature and another 5 free spins are added to your total.

We found Ming Warrior to be a pretty feisty affair as far as volatility goes with the best results coming when we landed Free Spins 2. The 8x multiplier can quickly have a big impact!

We’re still waiting for our Ming the Merciless slot – in the absence of that camp classic, we were satisfied with what Ming Warrior had to offer. It all comes down to the free spins round here. Get lucky with those multiplier wilds and this volatile offering can deliver some impressive action. If you like the theme, Playtech’s The Great Ming Empire is worth playing.