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The design in Rise of the Empress is superb – a sweeping panorama of a river and mountains forms the backdrop to the reels. Those reels include A to 9 playing cards as well as higher value peasant, student, warrior and empress symbols. They are all extremely detailed and very well drawn. Most rewarding is the empress – land 3, 4 or 5 and you’ll pocket 5, 20 or 50 times your total stake.
The golden dragon is the wild – it can hit on reels 2, 3, 4 or 5 and substitutes for all symbols apart from the scatter. The pair of fish is the scatter – this can land on reels 1, 3 and 5 only. As we mentioned in the intro, Rise of the Empress comes with a wide range of features:
5th Reel Re-Spin feature – these are triggered following any 4 or 5 of a kind win. Reels 1 to 4 are held and reel 5 spins again. If you land a 5 of a kind win and don’t trigger any other features, you’ll be paid out and the process is repeated. A multiplier increases with each re-spin, up to a maximum of 5x. If you land the 4 of a kind with the Bonus symbol on reel 5, you’ll win 1 of 3 secondary features:
Royal Pick feature – this is triggered by a 4 of a kind featuring the 9, 10 or J with the bonus symbol. Pick 1 of the 3 objects to reveal an instant win cash bonus of up to 10 credits.
Added Wild feature – this is awarded following a 4 of a kind featuring the K, Q or A and a bonus. The symbols on 2 of reels 2, 3, 4 or 5 are replaced by stacked wilds. A new prize calculation is made with the wilds in place.
Mixed Free Spins feature – to trigger this round, you’ll need 4 of the peasant, student, warrior or empress plus the bonus on reel 5. Here you’ll be awarded 10 free spins with the 4 Chinese character symbols paying mixed style. Land 3, 4 or 5 of any of these symbols in combination and you’ll win 15, 100 or 500 coins.
Rise of the Empress also comes with a standard Free Spins feature – to trigger it, land the bonus scatter on reels 1, 3 and 5 on the same spin. You’ll then receive 10 free spins with a chance to re-trigger giving you up to 20 free spins. You also have the chance to trigger the 5th Reel Re-Spin feature.
We found plenty to like in this slot – the visuals are terrific and the Chinese-style backing track is a perfect match for the theme. There’s plenty of variety on offer from the features too. We triggered them regularly, landing a steady stream of smaller payouts. We’d put the variance in the medium range.
Rise of the Empress is an impressive all-rounder – combining quality design with a nifty range of extras, this historical Chinese quest is one worth undertaking. If you like Chinese themed games, Dragon’s Pearl by Novomatic is recommended.