Mandarin Orchid is a boldly designed Chinese-themed slot from Core Gaming. Played using a 5 reel, 20 payline game engine, it comes with wilds that can multiply payouts by up to 5x as well as a bonus feature where a dynamic multiplier increases with each free spin. Play, across all devices, from between 20p and £100 per spin.

The design in Mandarin Orchid is a little unusual – a pink river scene forms the backdrop to the reels. Those reels are a cavalcade of colour. Symbols include brightly designed 10, J and Q which award up to 3 times your total stake per payline. Next come the K and A which award up to 4x followed by scroll which pays up to 6 times your total stake.

The fan and lantern follow, paying 15 times your total bet if you land 5 on a payline. The most rewarding symbol is the woman. Land 5 of her in a line and you’ll pocket an award equal to 25 times your total stake.

Helping your winning chances is the wild – as well as replacing all other symbols apart from the bonus scatter it also offers some multiplier extras if you land more than 1 of them on the same spin. 2 wilds and the payout is doubled, 3 and it’s trebled, 4 and its quadrupled. A full 5 wilds awards a 5x multiplier boost! This is known as the Wild Multipliers feature.

Multipliers are also central to the action in the game’s Free Spins feature – this is triggered by landing 3 or more of the bonus symbol on successive reels, starting from reel 1. You’ll then be offered a selection of 3 orchids – choose 1 to reveal the number of free spins you’ve been awarded.

The multiplier value starts at 1x on the 1st free spin and increases by 1 on each subsequent free spin. For example, all wins on free spin 2 are doubled, on free spin 3 are trebled etc. Land a good haul of free spins and the multipliers can really work some magic by the end of the feature!

There are a plethora of Chinese-themed slots on the online casino shelves – Mandarin Orchid is a little different from the norm. The imagery features an explosion of colour and takes a little getting used to. The classical style soundtrack is a perfect complement for the action though.

The gameplay is solid enough too. The range of extras isn’t particularly wide but the wild multipliers in the base game and the dynamic multiplier in the feature offer some decent potential – to the extent of 2,500 times your total stake on each spin! If you like dynamic multipliers, Novomatic’s Aztec Power offers you this too.