Play Rise of the Empress Slot for Free & Review

Historic China is the setting for Rise of the Empress, a feature heavy, 5 reel, 25 payline slot from Genesis Gaming. It comes with bonus features that offer re-spins with expanding multipliers, stacked wilds, mixed pays as well as a traditional feature that awards up to 20 free spins. Play, on all devices, from between 25p and £250 per spin.

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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.

Review by Chris Taylor

Review by Chris Taylor

Chris is a slots expert that has reviewed and played over 4,000 online slots. Having being in the iGaming industry for over 16 years, he knows how slots work, how bonus features are triggered and how the RTP and variance affect the gameplay.

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