Based on a classical Chinese folk tale where the main characters are frozen in stone, Bai She Zhuan is a 5 reel, 25 payline slot from Pariplay. Look out for expanding and sticky wilds, a pick me round and free spins. Play on all devices from between 25p and £12.50 per spin.

There’s a very traditional feel to the design here. The reels are set within a pagoda style building. There you’ll find lower value letter symbols as well as bowls, lobsters, fans, snakes and buildings. The best paying symbols are the two human characters, both of whom offer a 64 times stake payout if you land 5 on a payline. The symbols are split into reds and blues.

There are also 2 different wilds. The serpent wild expands and turns up to 3 adjacent symbols wild. The turtle wild expands 1 position. Those wilds remain sticky for the spin that follows. Both wilds offer 200 times your stake for 5 on a payline but no payouts for 3 or 4 though.

To the side of the reels you’ll see 2 plinths. On them are the Bai Suzhen and a bearded monk called Fa Hai who are locked in concrete. Winning lines that feature blue symbols are collected in the Bai Suzhen meter. The red in the Fa Hai meter. Once a meter is full, Bai Suzhen or Fa Hai will escape their concrete prison and you’ll trigger the respective bonus feature:

Ba Suzhen’s Free Spins feature – on offer here are 5 free spins. The snake bonus is in play here. If it lands on reel 5, between 5 and 20 extra free spins will be added to your total. You can also trigger this round by landing 3, 4 or 5 of the free spins scatter on the same spin. Then you can look forward to 5, 10 or 15 free spins.

Fa Hai Bonus feature – here you’ll get to open a selection of treasure chests, each of which awards a multiplier prize which is applied to your total stake. You can also trigger this round by landing 4 or 5 of the Bonus scatters on the same spin. Retriggers are possible here too.

There’s nothing to complain about as far as the design of Bai She Zhuan goes. It looks and sounds excellent. The gameplay is decent enough offer and the features, or rather the way they are triggered, offers something a little different. Expect to see the wild extras appear regularly too.

The one downside is the relatively low RTP of just 93.89%. That aside there’s plenty to like in this slice of Ming dynasty history. If you enjoy the Chinese theme, then Bai She Zhuan is one to consider. Another game to play would be The Great Ming Empire by Playtech.