Every slots developer has games that players closely associate with them, having built up years of experience and impressed along the way. Just as IGT has Cleopatra and NetEnt has Starburst, we would probably place Asian Beauty in that kind of category in the context of Microgaming, especially when their jackpot slots are discounted. This game heralded an era of 243 ways to win slots, which have substantially changed the way that slot games are played, along with becoming our favourite betting setup of all. While there is not a huge amount else going on with this game in terms of features and gameplay, outside the usual, that is still more than enough to warrant getting excited and we have all the details in the full review below.
What to Expect
The Asian theme is about as prevalent as it gets in slots gaming, with just about every developer having tackled it on a number of different occasions. Microgaming boasts more games in this genre than anyone else, however, and it is testament to the enduring quality of Asian Beauty that we continue to consider it as being the best of the lot. It is not stunning, but with how long it has been around it was never likely to be. Nevertheless, it does the job in just about every regard from the looks perspective, and if we are to be completely honest, we are all here mainly for the 243 ways to win anyway! That means that all adjacent symbols, starting from the first reel of course, can make for winning combinations with no real consideration of traditional win lines.
The Asian Beauty logo is the game’s wild card and there is a randomly triggered bonus within the base game too, in the form of the Mirror Bonus. Players will be whisked away from the core action to explore a hall of mirrors. There are twelve in all, each with an Asian Beauty behind them and they are all worth different cash amounts. Simply enough, the one that you match three of first will represent the prize that you win, and that is all there is to it.
Then we come to Microgaming’s favourite brand of bonus round, that being the free spins. Land three, four or five chests on the board at the same time and you will be treated to ten, fifteen or 25 free spins respectively. They come with a decent instant prize too, and players can also bank on the fact that all prizes are worth twice as much within the bonus round as they are in the base game. Rounding off the action is the fact that these free spins can also be retriggered, although we would hesitate to put too much confidence in this as we only managed it once over the course of our review session.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
Even though Asian Beauty was initially released as an online exclusive, it was always going to be added to the mobile Microgaming slots range as quickly as possible. The result is a game that has stood the test of time and is likely to continue to do so, mainly because it does not try too hard to impress and instead successfully boasts quality action that is unmistakably Microgaming’s in nature.