Huolong Valley is a 5 reel, 20 payline slot from NextGen Gaming that is playable from just 20p to £100 a spin across desktop, mobile and tablet devices. This Chinese themed game comes with double wild wins as well as a free spins feature where you can get up to 14 free spins with a multiplier up to 12x!
The game is based on the scenic sport located in the Jiangqu River basin at the south of Baiyu in China. With a tranquil feel, the graphics are a tad basic with a green, lush valley in the backdrop. Symbols on the reels include various lucky 8s with dragons on them, goldfish, herons, pandas and dragons.
The mask is the wild symbol and gives you 250 times your stake for 5 across a payline – it replaces all symbols bar the scatter and bonus. More importantly, your win outcome is doubled when the wild symbol forms part of a winning combination. The fan is the scatter and doesn’t trigger any features – however, 2, 3, 4 or 5 anywhere on the reels will give you 1, 2, 15 or 200 times your stake.
The most important symbol to look out for is the lantern bonus symbol – 3 or more anywhere on the reels will activate the Free Games feature. You then need to pick from 6 lanterns to determine how many free spins you’ll play with – you can get between 4 and 7 free spins. Then you pick from coins to reveal a multiplier between 3x and 6x.
Now, you can retrigger the feature meaning you can play with up to 14 free spins – the multiplier will remain the same as the number originally awarded. More importantly, the wild doubles your win when part of a winning combination so you could, in theory, get a 12x multiplier on every free spin!
Overall, Huolong Valley is rather basic visually but has potential for big wins in the base game due to the double wild wins. The bigger wins will undoubtedly come in the Free Games feature due to the potential 12x multiplier on up to 14 free spins. I found it to be a medium to high variance offering with maximum wins of 3,000 times your stake on each free spin. If you like the theme, I recommend Quickspin’s Hidden Valley.