Jade Emperor, or Yu Huang Da Di, is a Playtech-powered slot with 5 reels and 20 paylines. Playable from 20p to £500 a spin only on desktop devices, this progressive jackpot game has a Chinese mythology theme as it’s based on the crown prince of the kingdom of Pure Felicity and Majestic Heavenly Lights and Ornaments.
The Jade Emperor was known for being king, intelligent and wise as he dedicated his life to helping the needy – he was responsible for peace and contentment once he ascended the throne. This is characterised on the reels as the symbols showcase lanterns, dragons and the Jade emperor himself. The highest value symbol is the Jade Emperor wild which will reward you with 500 times your stake if you manage to get 5 on the reels.
In terms of bonus features, you have the Emperor’s Treasure Bonus feature which is triggered when you get the red lantern bonus symbol anywhere on reels 1 and 5 simultaneously. Here you reveal the Jade Emperor’s Treasures – firstly, you need to choose 1 of the 6 lanterns to reveal a certain number of free spins. Then you choose 1 of the 6 treasure chests to reveal the multiplier.
If you’re lucky, you can get up to 16 free spins with a 6x multiplier! Look out for the lantern bonus symbol during the feature which will reward you with a random number of extra free spins – these will play out at the same multiplier you triggered the feature with. More importantly, additional free spins can be won indefinitely.
Jade Emperor also benefits from 4 Wu Shi progressive jackpots – any spin can trigger the Wu Shi Jackpot feature where 1 of 4 jackpots can be won. The higher you stake, the bigger your chances of entering the jackpot game. Anyway, once in, you are guaranteed to win of the 4 jackpots – you need to spin the wheel and collect 3 identical lion symbols to win the relevant progressive jackpot.
I found Jade Emperor to be a medium variance game – the progressive jackpot element is the main attraction but the free spins feature is where your big wins will come from. I’ve managed to get the full 16 free spins with a 6x multiplier a couple of times now with an additional 24 free spins one of the times – this lead to a 850 times stake win! If you like the theme, I recommend Sun Wukong by Playtech which offers 4 progressive jackpots as well as a 3 free spins/multiplier combinations.