King of 3 Kingdoms (NetEnt): Overview
Looking to strengthen their position in the Far East, NetEnt has put together a batch of games with themes they hope will appeal to Asian players. At the time of writing, there are six of them available in NetEnt's roadmap with the majority being re-skins of older games. Not being able to muster enough enthusiasm to review all of these, here's a short summary instead;
- Twin Happiness (clone of Twin Spin)
- Happy Panda (clone of Mercy of the Gods)
- Sweet Honey Fruity (clone of Fruit Shop)
- Who's the Bride? (clone of Dead or Alive)
- Imperial Riches (original)
If you've been around for a couple of years, it probably won't be too hard to guess which classic NetEnt game that has been cloned and re-branded as King of 3 Kingdoms. To keep some of you guessing, we'll leave it to the final section of the review. Here are some hints though. It's played using a 5-reel, 243 ways game engine and can be played across all devices from 0.25 to €/£125 per spin. With an Ancient Chinese theme, King of 3 Kingdom is a rather volatile offering that is entirely about the free spins game where all wins are tripled and re-triggers are plentiful.
Cloning this game, NetEnt's developers have simply shifted focus from one mighty civilisation to another. Or as NetEnt describes it; "King of 3 Kingdoms takes players back in time, to an era where the mighty Asian king conquered the three kingdoms." With a flaming backdrop, symbols on the reels include lower-value A to 9 card suits as well as soldiers and the three kings. It is the blue king that is of the highest value, giving you 60 times your stake for five on a full payline. The wild symbol is represented by a colourful map of the three kingdoms that looks like it was taken straight from the board game Risk. Only appearing on reels 2 and 4, the wild symbol substitutes for all standard symbols except for the scatter.
King of 3 Kingdoms (NetEnt): Features
There is only one extra available in King of 3 Kingdoms - the Free Spins feature. Landing a minimum of three dragon scatter symbols anywhere on the reels in succession, starting from the leftmost reel will provide access to the free spins round - 3, 4 or 5 scatters will give you 15, 20 or 25 spins respectively. Played to the sounds of battle cries and war drums, all wins are subject to a 3x multiplier. Re-triggers are also relatively common, giving you a chance to add up to 25 extra free spins to your total as a result of each re-trigger.
King of 3 Kingdoms (NetEnt): Verdict
That's all there is to it. If you haven't guessed it already, King of 3 Kingdoms is a clone of Victorious. Originally released back in 2011, it went on to become a big hit for the company and remains one of the true classics still to this day (although it has become a bit forgotten). Being a clone, King of 3 Kingdoms doesn't add anything to the overall experience for those already familiar with Victorious, but the whole idea behind the release is, of course, to adapt the game to target Asian players. Basically, King of 3 Kingdoms is a strategic release that could very well become as popular in Asia as in Europe when it first rolled out.
Hoping for a victorious expansion in the far east, King of 3 Kingdoms is a cultural translation of a classic NetEnt slot.