Celebration of Wealth: Overview
Developer Play’n GO seeks to redress the shortage of progressive jackpots in their portfolio via the Asian themed slot Celebration of Wealth. In classic Play’n GO fashion, they can’t just stop at one. Instead, Celebration of Wealth is the first in a trio of slots offering a variety of features, in a rich Asian setting. The focus, as you’d expect, is on the jackpot, yet there are other elements to tempt fans of the format. Let’s head to the virtual East and take a look.
Celebration of Wealth plays out on a 5-reel, 3-row grid providing 243 ways to win. The background image has an obvious Asian feel, but it’s not as overly elaborate as these sorts of slots tend to be. Rather, a tasteful burgundy semicircle design frames the grid, which is transparent, and again, tastefully designed in a grey, blue colour. For a celebration, it lacks much of the vibrancy you find in offline Asian festivals, but no biggie, the emphasis here is on winning jackpots not lighting firecrackers.
Players can fire up Celebration of Wealth on a full range of devices, choosing bets from 20 p/c up to £/€100 per spin. The game siphons off 1.5% of each wager to feed the four jackpots. If there is one thing you can rely on when playing most Play’n GO slots it is a solid math model. The one governing Celebration of Wealth is highly volatile (8/10) and comes shipped with a default return to player rate of 96.2% - a decent RTP for a slot packing a progressive jackpot if you can find it with this setting at your go to casino.
The theme finds further expression in the range of symbols used – the high pays at least, where you’ll find square holed coins, symbols, crackers, lanterns, and that most Asian of symbols, a dragon. Dragons are best at 10x the stake, lowering to 3x for the symbols or coins. Making up the numbers are the low pay 10-A royals, designed in semi-calligraphic fashion for a dash of culture.
Double teaming a drum one of the symbols, is a boy and girl, no doubt the Fu Babies who appear every so often. Fu means good luck or fortune, so it’s no wonder. These Fu babies don’t guarantee success, but they do appear as the wild, substituting for any symbol except the scatter.
Celebration of Wealth: Features
Players get just two features when spinning Celebration of Wealth, but they are quite good ones. The main event is the jackpot, but the round of free spins can also provide all manner of outcomes when triggered.
For the big show, keep an eye out for the Gold Reels. On any base game spin, one to five reels may randomly become Gold Reels. If a wild lands on a Gold Reel, players get a chance to win one of the jackpots. The next step is to pick coins until three matching jackpot symbols are revealed, at which point the corresponding jackpot prize amount is paid out.
The fireworks blazing over the pagoda symbol is the scatter, landing on any reel. When 3, 4, or 5 scatters land, players pick up a reward of 5, 10 or 50 times the stake. More importantly, 3 or more trigger the free spins feature where players select one of the five options that suit best:
- 5 free spins played on a 5x6 grid with 7,776 win ways.
- 10 free spins played on a 5x5 grid with 3,125 win ways.
- 15 free spins played on a 5x4 grid with 1,024 win ways.
- 20 free spins played on a 5x3 grid with 243 win ways.
The 5th option is a mystery pick which could result in any combination of the above. For example, 20 free spins on the 5x6 grid, or, 5 on the 5x3 slot á la Blueprint Gaming style. During free spins, you won’t find anything that isn’t present in the main game – other than a larger grid and more win ways. Also, Gold Reels do not appear during free spins. However, three scatters retrigger the feature without limit, using the same win ways/spins option which was originally selected.
Celebration of Wealth: Verdict
Celebration of Wealth is a decent jackpot slot, offering a variety of ways of winning substantial amounts of cash. Not a lot happens during the main game, though the jackpots can appear at any moment which adds a touch of drama. Near misses are there to keep players second-guessing what might happen next, but for the most part Celebration of Wealth is pretty simple gaming. It might not be the biggest jackpot seed amount around, but hitting the Grand would be cause for celebration.
Other positive aspects are the respectable RTP rating (if offered by your casino) and a round of free spins that can get interesting. These things create a comforting feeling than can be missing when playing a jackpot slot with similar prizes but awful stats. Play’n GO will be hoping plenty of players think so, since the more drawn in, the larger those jackpots will climb.
The first in a trio of Asian themed progressive jackpots, Celebration of Wealth offers solid gaming to accompany chasing the big one.