Fu Fortunes Megaways: Overview
If there is one thing iSoftBet know, it's Asian slots; their back catalogue bulges at the seams with them. They have brought all of their expertise to bear on Fu Fortunes Megaways, which is an absolute Eastern extravaganza. Look up the words ‘Asian themed slot’ in the dictionary and nearly everything you read there has made its way into the game.
Fu Fortunes Megaways is also the developer's fourth run with the popular Megaways game engine on license from Big Time Gaming. Already, you probably have a good idea what to expect - a massive, over the top exotic slot. The thought will either light your firecracker or have you heading for the exit.
Okay, Fu Fortunes Megaways might be a little generic due to its traditional Asian look, but iSoftBet know how to use the theme to paint a pretty picture. The game loads to an atmospheric view of the sky framed by some sweet Chinese architecture and strings of swaying lanterns.
Then there’s the grid which has a lot to take in. Primarily this involves a game arena made up of 6 reels in Megaways style. Each reel can hold between 3 to 6 rows which change randomly on each spin to provide up to 46,656 win ways. Not quite full Megaways power, though it’s hard to know the difference when the numbers get so large.
Not quite so large, but decent all the same, is the RTP rating of 96.03% putting it pretty much bang on average. The math model runs on a medium-high setting which means a bit of hard work may be required to get the most out of Fu Fortunes Megaways. Picking a bet is a good place to start with stakes available from 20 p/c to £/€20 to choose from.
Megaways fans will be happy to see that iSoftBet has included the Cascading Wins mechanic. This useful feature removes winning symbols from the reels, allowing others to cascade into the gaps. Multiple wins are possible on a single spin using this method as consecutive winners cascade one after the other. The way winners form up works perfectly with this mechanic. As long as three or more matching symbols land consecutively, in any row, left to right they constitute a payout.
The symbols are more or less all in character. Even the 10-A low pay royals have little Asian icons imprinted on them to inject some style. High pays are more interesting, starting with hongbao, drums, golden fish, golden turtles, and golden birds. Gold is definitely the word around here. Rewards are fair, with 6 premiums worth from 1.5 times to 40 times the stake.
The Fu symbol (in Chinese characters) is the wild, assisting players in making combinations by substituting for any regular pay symbol. It can appear on reels 2-5 only. On a side note, the word Fu can mean ‘fortune’ in English, so essentially the game’s title could be translated as Fortune Fortunes - so much fortune they had to name it twice. Anyway, on to the features.
Fu Fortunes Megaways: Features
Not only does the wild symbol do its substituting thing, but each time it lands, coins are added to one of the Fortune Pots above the reels. Pots can be triggered at any time, applying a Multiplier of up to x5 to the current win or cascade series. If more than one multiplier is awarded at the same time, their values are added together up to x20.
Should the middle pot be triggered, then the Fu Fortuness Bonus feature is awarded. This is pretty random; players pick coins until 3 matching Fu babies are revealed to win one of the Jackpots. There are three to cross your fingers for; the Mini, Minor, Major, and Grand jackpots worth 20x, 50x, 200x, or 1,000x respectively.
The highlight here, however, is the Free Spins game which comes into play when you land 4, 5, or 6 Jade scatters anywhere on the reels - this awards 10, 12, or 15 free spins respectively. A couple of things make the free spins an attractive proposal. For one, all of the low pay symbols are removed so only the premiums appear. What is more, any Fortune Pot multiplier can be awarded to boost your wins.
Strangely, and as can be seen in the video, there is a chance for the main character of the game to show up randomly during the free spins. It's not explained exactly what it is that he does, but a guess is that he either adds extra wilds or signals a big win is coming.
Fu Fortunes Megaways: Verdict
Overall, we've been quite impressed with iSoftBet as of late. The look and feel of every new game is phenomenal, they play like a breeze, and the new interface is superb. Also, the Megaways game engine, and the way they've utilized it, has probably helped tremendously as well.
Now, Asian themed slots is not for everyone, but if this style is your jam, prepare to fall for Fu Fortunes Megaways in a moment. It possesses practically every element associated with the genre, smothered in a rich environment to get lost in.
On the other side of the coin, those not so enthusiastic about heading (once again) to the Far East might struggle to get so fired up. There’s no getting around the generic nature of the whole project with nothing overly new to raise an eyebrow. It’s not as novel as iSoftBet’s previous Asian themed Megaways slot Dragon Match was.
The bigger reel set up, and a new menu of extras make Fu Fortunes a completely different game than is predecessor - more traditional, as it were. Then again, Fu Fortunes Megaways isn’t aiming for novelty. It’s all about building a rock steady Asian slot to entertain fans. In that regard, it’s hard not to acknowledge that iSoftBet has achieved what they set out to accomplish.
To sum up, Fu Fortunes Megaways is one of those games that proudly is what it is, and doesn’t give a hootenanny if you’re not down with it. Fans of Asian slots, or Megaways collectors, have plenty of feature-laden, jackpot ridden gaming to sample.
Fu Fortunes Megaways is a slot that caters more to the Asian palette, but those who can’t stop themselves from trying a new Megaways slot when they see one might be pleasantly surprised nonetheless.