IGT has done an excellent job of porting over their land-based video slots to the online world, and they're continuing the tradition with their 1421: Voyages of Zheng He slot. The game takes you back nearly 700 years and lets you travel with the legendary Chinese explorer, allowing you to win some fortune in the process.
1421: Voyages of Zheng He is a 5 reel, 88 payline video slot that is set on the waters of the Indian Ocean. The game has an array of Chinese style symbols mixed with traditional video slot fare (10, J, Q, K, and A). These other symbols include a gold table, jade statue, bell, ship, Zheng He, a gold coin, and mural.
Features in the game include wild symbols, stacked wilds, win multipliers, free spins, and a pick'em game. The major feature in this game is triggered if you manage to spin 3 or more scattered map symbols on any one spin. When that happens you are given a decision to make between a mini game known as the Cup Feature, 20 free spins with random multipliers from 1x to 3x, 15 free spins with multipliers between 1x and 5x, or 10 free spins with multipliers up to 8x. The free spins can be re-triggered theoretically forever, though if the current counter is over 20 free spins you won't be awarded any more. If you elect for the cup feature instead of the free spins, you are faced with the old street con's Shell Game that has a ball hidden under one of three cups that are shuffled. Should you pick the right cup you win 102x your triggering bet, but if you pick the wrong one you get nothing. Yep, I'd prefer to just stick with the free spins.
The game has proven to be popular over the years since it was released in land casinos, and I can say that the online port is picture perfect in terms of accuracy. The slot itself isn't my cup of tea, but there will be an audience for the game. Overall though, this title does little to separate itself from the myriad of other Chinese style games out there. I quickly found myself bored of the game and was looking for other slots to play.