Explosive Chinese-themed action is on offer in Xingyun Baozhu, a 5 reel, 25 payline slot from Eyecon. Translating into English as ‘lucky firecrackers’, this game comes with wilds that treble payouts and a feature round that awards up to 400 free spins with expanding wilds. Play from 25p to £12.50 per spin.

The design in Xingyun Baozhu is fairly basic – the A to 9 playing cards are joined by lanterns, money wallets and gold coins. The best of the standard symbols is the Catherine Wheel firework. Land 5 of these on a payline and you’ll win 3,000 coins.

The red firecracker is the game’s wild – it can land on reels 1, 3 and 5 only and replaces all other symbols apart from the scatter. Whenever the wild firecracker forms part of a winning combination, the payout is trebled.

The dragon is the scatter – land 3, 4 or 5 of these anywhere on the reels on the same spin and you’ll win an award equal to 5, 15 or 300 times your total stake. You’ll also trigger the game’s Free Games feature – here you can look forward to 15, 20 or 25 free spins.

The wild firecrackers are central to the action in the feature – whenever 1 of them lands on reels 1, 3 or 5, it will expand and turn the whole of that reel wild. Once again, prizes are trebled when the wild is part of the winning payline. Land 3 or more dragon scatters on the same free spin and another round of free spins will be added to your tally – you can retrigger up to 15 times giving you a maximum of 400 free spins.

Xingyun Baozhu is a pretty simple game. The base game action is solid enough but it really springs into life during the bonus round where the expanding wilds and trebling multiplier can have a big impact in a short space of time. Expect some lengthy spells in between triggering the feature round though. We’d put the variance on the high side.

The appetite for Chinese-themed slots shows little sign of abating. Xingyun Baozhu isn’t the most spectacular example of the genre, either in terms of design or gameplay. It can live up to its firecracker name though in the feature round. Get lucky with those expanding wilds and there’s some potentially explosive action on offer in this virtual trip east. If you like expanding wilds, WMS’ Black Knight II is recommended where they also remain sticky!