Based on the 16th century Ming era novel about a travelling Buddhist monk, Xi You Ji (known in English as Journey to The West) is a 5 reel, 25 payline slot from Pariplay. Lantern symbols can deliver plenty of illumination here including instant prizes, free spins and a jackpot wheel. There’s also a trail bonus where you can win up to 1,000 times your stake. Start your journey on all devices from between 25p and £12.50 per spin.

There’s a simple but classy feel to the design in Xi You Ji. Backed by roaring jade dragons the reels include A to 10 royal values plus 5 characters from the story. The best standard symbol is the blue fan which pays 3, 10 or 20 times your stake if you land 3, 4 or 5 on a payline.

Every time you land a winning combination. you’ll help to fill up 1 of the 5 lanterns to the left of the reels. Once a lantern is fully illuminated, you’ll trigger the Lantern Bonus feature and receive 1 of the following extras:

  • Sticky Wilds – between 2 and 5 sticky wilds are added to the reels for up to 5 spins.
  • Free Spins feature – 10, 15 or 20 free spins are awarded.
  • Instant Prize – you’ll receive a payout of up to 12 times your total stake.

Jackpot Wheel feature – this round is triggered when you light up all 5 lanterns. You’ll then get a spin of the jackpot wheel. Depending on where the pointer lands, you’ll receive a payout of 50, 200, 500, 700 or 1,000 times your stake.

Land the scatter symbol (the red banner) on reels 1, 3 and 5 on the same spin and you’ll activate The Sacred Journey feature. Work your way along the trail, collecting multiplier prizes as you go. Make it all the way to the end and you could pocket a prize of 1,000 times your stake.

We enjoyed this historical Chinese journey. The design is impressive and there’s a nice variety of features. It can take a while to light up the lanterns but they can deliver some decent rewards. The variance here is in the medium range.

The appetite for all things Chinese is seemingly never satisfied. Xi You Ji is a perfectly playable addition. If you like this theme, there’s plenty to enjoy on this particular journey. I also suggest you try Pragmatic Play’s Journey to the West which is very similar theme wise.