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Journey To The West Slot

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Rudie Venter
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Journey to the West is a 2016 online video slot released by Pragmatic Play. The 5-reel 25-payline slot based on the 16th century Chinese novel of the same title takes you on an epic adventure where you will meet a group of pilgrims. 

Your reels will be populated with symbols represented as Sun Wukong or Monkey and Zhu Bajie or Pig as well as two male characters, presumably Sha Wujing and Xuanzang. The novel is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature with the elements of folk religion, mythology and Taoist and Buddhist philosophy. 

The graphics in vivid colours serve well to the theme of the slot and provide you with an immersive gaming experience. Throughout the game you can benefit from stacked high-value symbols, Wilds and free spins with multipliers. The maximum payout you can win from a single spin stands at 20,000 coins.

If you have already played Pragmatic Play slot games, you will easily adjust all the settings to your preferences and start playing the game. It features 5 reels, 3 rows and 25 fixed paying lines, so all you have to do before you start spinning the reels is to set your bet. You are allowed to wager up to 10 coins per line while the coin value ranges between R0.10 and R5. Your total bet can be anywhere between R2.50 and R1,250 which makes the game affordable for all kinds of players. The top paying symbol among the regular ones is Monkey. All high paying symbols pay when you land two or more of a kind on a paying line. Low payouts are delivered by icons depicted as Chinese letters.

During the base game you will benefit from high value symbols appearing in stacks. You can create lucrative winning combinations if complete them with Wilds which can also show up stacked on the reels to substitute for all the symbols instead of Scatter. Just as Wild, Scatter is rendered in green with golden elements representing dragons. Land three or more Scatters on the reels to trigger the free spins feature. As soon as the feature is triggered, you will be offered to choose from five symbols including Wild which will appear stacked during 5 free games awarded initially. Depending on the symbol that you pick, your payouts from the feature will be subject to multipliers going up to 5x. If you opt for stacked Wilds, your awards won’t be increased though. Whenever you land 3 or more Scatters during the bonus game you will be awarded 3 extra free spins.

You can accompany the intriguing group of characters on their Journey to the West from your desktop or mobile device as Pragmatic Play made the game fully optimised for mobile play with all its features preserved. An Oriental music score will add to the overall atmosphere of the game and if you are a fan of classic Chinese stories you will enjoy the quest. Despite the possibility of hitting multiple winning combinations at once, payouts are not very high and the game awards only 5 free spins unless you retrigger it.

Our Rating: 85/100

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