Join warriors Cao Cao, Liu Bei and Sun Quan in 3 Kingdoms Battle of Red Cliffs, a 5 reel, 25 payline slot from Pragmatic Play. This trip to historic China features classy design and some impressive features. On offer are up to 40 free spins with 1, 2 or 3 symbols becoming extra wilds. There’s also a picks style jackpot round where you can win up to 100 times your total stake. Play from between 25p and £125 per spin.

Pragmatic Play’s slots are usual atmospheric affairs and that’s certainly the case with 3 Kingdoms Battle of Red Cliffs which looks and sound superb. Set against a seascape backdrop with junk ships bobbing on the waves, the reels include Chinese style letters as well as swords, helmets and ships. The 3 warriors are the most rewarding symbol, offering up to 200 coins per payline.

The royal banner is the wild – it replaces everything apart from the scatter. The ornate temple symbol is that scatter. When it lands on reels 1, 3 and 5 on the same spin, it will trigger the Battle of Red Cliffs Free Spins feature. Once triggered, you’ll be given a selection of free spin and wild symbol combinations:

  • Vanity – this awards 20 free spins. The red warrior will become wilds on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 whenever he lands.
  • Intrigue – 10 free spins are on offer here with both the red and green warriors becoming wild throughout.
  • All-Out War – opt for this and you’ll get just 5 free spins. All 3 of the red, green and blue warrior symbols will be wild on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 on every free spin.

You can add to your tally of free spins if the scatters land on reels 1, 3 and 5 during the feature. These extra free spins will be played out with the same extras as the triggering spin.

Every time you land a winner featuring 1 of the warrior symbols during the base game, you’ll be awarded 1 point and move a step closer to triggering the Spoils of War Progressive Jackpot feature – this is triggered once you’ve accumulated 40 points. You’ll then be shown a selection of envelopes – choose 1 to reveal a cash prize of 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x, 10x, 20x, 50x or 100x your stake.

3 Kingdoms Battle of Red Cliffs is a well-constructed slot. The visuals are lovely and the backing track an ideal match for the theme. The features aren’t bad either – they’re not the easiest to trigger but the extra wilds on offer in the free spins round can deliver. We’d put the variance on the north side of medium.

We’ve taken many virtual trips to Imperial China. This is 1 of the better efforts, combining good looks with playable features. We’re happy enough to enter the fray with these warrior leaders. I also recommend Journey to the West (from Pragmatic Play) and The Great Ming Empire by Playtech.