Haoshi Cheng Shuang roughly translates into English as ‘the best things in life come in pairs’. That’s evident in this 5 reel, 30 payline slot from Playtech which comes with double symbols which allow 10-of-a-kind combinations. Also on offer are payline payouts of up to 20,000 coins as well as a free spins round. Play from between 30p and £3,000 per spin.
Visually, Haoshi Cheng Shuang is simply done – joining the lower value A to J playing cards are a quartet of animals. You’ll see a butterfly, koi carp, bird, peacock and dragon. All of these symbols can land with 1 or 2 symbols per symbol position.
Land 3 of the butterfly, carp, bird or peacock and you’ll win 10 coins. This increases to 1,000 coins if you find 10 on a single payline. The top payout increases markedly with the dragon which offers 2,500 coins if you land 10 on a payline.
Joining the standard symbols is the wild which replaces everything bar the scatter. It counts as a double whenever it substitutes for 1 of the animal symbols. The wild can be very lucrative in its own right too – landing 2, 3, 4 or 5 wilds on a payline will get you 30, 500, 2,000 or 20,000 coins.
The golden lily symbol is the scatter – it can land as both a single and a double on the middle 3 reels only. Land 4 lilies and you’ll get a payout of double your stake. Land 5 or 6 on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Free Games feature and with it 5 or 10 free spins (respectively).
Haoshi Cheng Shuang is a pretty symbol game – visually, it’s rather well done and the Chinese animal symbols are especially impressive. The action plays out to a gentle backing track which is a nice match for the theme. We found the action to be a little underwhelming though. The double symbols offer some decent chances but the free spins round was rather disappointing both in terms of numbers and the lack of a potential re-trigger.
It’s all solid enough, just not very exciting. The best things may indeed come in pairs. We didn’t find Haoshi Cheng Shuang to be one of them. If you’re a fan of the Chinese theme but want some more potentially explosive features, then Playtech’s 88 Shi Fu and 9 Sons 1 King are worth investigating.