Online Slot Picks: Griffin’s Throne and China Shores
This week’s hot slot picks include crowd-pleasers from IGT and Konami Gaming. Griffin’s Throne, starring the bird-like creature of myth, and Asian favorite China Shores, both have made fans in land-based casinos.
Griffin’s Throne by IGT
This has been a popular game for IGT wherever it’s been placed in casinos, and the digital version will be no different.
The base game is a five-reel, 30-line video slot, themed around the griffin, the fabled monster with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. The minimum bet is 75 cents.
In the base game, the top-paying griffin symbol lands in stacks ranging from two rows up to entire four-row reels—the stacked symbols frequently combining on adjacent reels for potentially huge wins. If one or more Sun symbols land, it triggers the Multiplier Feature, which randomly awards either wild symbols or a multiplier of 2X, 3X, 5X or 10X applied to any wins. The multipliers and wild symbols can cover each reel on which the Sun symbol landed.
Three or more Temple symbols scattered on the reels trigger a free-spin bonus in which the reel set expands up to 12 rows, with the paylines increasing from 30 to 90 lines for 10 free games. The free-spin bonus can be re-triggered for an additional three free games.
The Multiplier Feature in this expanded reel set can be absolutely lucrative, with wilds and multipliers across the giant reel set adding multiple wins.
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Griffin’s Throne: Five-reel, 30-line slot; expanding reels feature to 12 rows and 90 paylines; random multiplier bonus; free-spin bonus
Denomination: .01 to 30.00
Max Bet: 375
Payback Percentage: 93.1%, 95.11%, 96.05%
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%
Top Jackpot: 3,750 times denomination
China Shores by Konami Gaming
This is one of Konami’s most iconic titles in physical casinos, thanks to a unique free-game feature that allows the player to choose increased volatility for big wins.
The base game is a five-reel, 40-line slot. Each reel contains a number of adjacent symbols that are randomly replaced with the same symbol before the reel spin is initiated. The Panda symbol is wild, appearing on all but the first reel.
The free-spin feature is unique, in that the number of free spins is multiplied by the paylines on which the triggering Yin-Yang symbols land. Three, four or five Yin-Yang symbols trigger eight, 10 or 15 free games, respectively, per active payline. Thus, if the triggering symbols land on five spaces in each row to cover the screen, the number of free games awarded is 600.
Another unique free-spin feature gives you an option to boost the volatility. When the feature is triggered, you have a choice—the normal mode, in which all wins on free games are doubled; or “Super Free Games.” In the Super mode, every five free games remaining are converted into one Super Free Game, in which all wins are increased by a random multiplier of 7X, 12X or 18X. You can switch from normal free games to Super Free Games at any time during the feature, provided at least five free games are left.
This feature provides a lucrative option for the player who has been awarded hundreds of free spins. For example, if you’re awarded the maximum 600 free games, choosing the Super Free Games option will give you 120 free games with the huge multipliers applied to all wins. In fact, the Super Free Games option is probably a great choice when the free game total is 50 or more.
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China Shores: Five-reel, 40-line slot; up to 600 free games with wins doubled; “Super Free Games” with wins multiplied up to 18X
Denomination: .01 to 1.00
Max Bet: 240
Payback Percentage: 88%-96%
Hit Frequency: Approximately 32%
Top Jackpot: 2,000 times line bet
Video demo: https://www.mrgamez.com/konami/china-shores/