Virtually every game maker has tackled the Oriental theme at one time or another and while such slots are few and far between in the WMS range, their reputation for quality stands out and we expected big things when we loaded 88 Fortunes up on the iPad. It looks great, mixing the standard style that players would expect from this genre with some great graphical touches, and you will soon notice that the screen is absolutely packed with information around the reels themselves. This reflects just how much is going on here on this game, with wilds, jackpots and free spins all in this tidy package, and we have all the details of what can be expected in the full review below.
What to Expect
This game actually would not look out of place within Aristocrat’s Oriental slots range, and that is a pretty big compliment. If you are an Aristocrat fan and have a soft spot for Reel Power then you will appreciate this game in that regard too, as there are 243 ways to win on each and every spin. A mixture of themed icons and playing card symbols lead to the creation of winning combinations and the wild card helps along. It is referred to as the Fu Bat symbol – although we have no idea what that means but it must have something to do with the little bats on the symbols. What we do know is that the wild can fill in for any other symbol, including the scatter that triggers the free spins.
The wild also contributes to a feature of its own, known as the Fu Bat Jackpot feature. When one or more wild cards land on the board, players may be given the opportunity to enter a mini game, which can then lead to a jackpot. It does not strike often, but when it does, you will be given the chance to choose from twelve coins. Match three characters with your picks and you will win the corresponding jackpot, although be warned that you need to spend extra on your spins to bring these jackpots into play. An additional 18 credits will add the mini jackpot into the mix, while 88 credits will bring all four of them into the fray.
The more reliable of the bonus features here on 88 Fortunes is the free spins round and players will need three or more gong scatters anywhere on the board to launch ten free games. It is not a huge reward on the surface, but these spins are massively improved by the fact that the playing card icons are removed from the board for the duration of the round. It is possible to trigger another set of spins too, taking the action up a notch in terms of value, and it is one of the better free games rounds that we have experienced recently.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
WMS has successfully mixed the traditional and the exciting here on 88 Fortunes. The game will be right up the street of mobile players that already have something of a passion for the theme itself, and even general players will enjoy it. We are not overly keen on paying extra for the jackpots, especially with how relatively rarely the chance to win one crops up, but otherwise this is a solid game with plenty going for it.