Haoshi Cheng Shuang is a Playtech slot with 5 reels and 30 paylines. Playable from 30p a spin on all devices, this Chinese themed game benefits from double symbols – look out for the wild as it doubles payouts to give you up to 20,000 coins. There’s also a Free Games feature where you can get up to 10 free spins with double payouts.
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.