Head to the high seas and go exploring for a jackpot in 1421 Voyages of Zheng He. Based on the life and adventurous times of the 15th Chinese century seafarer, it’s a 5 reel, 88 payline video slot from IGT. It comes with a bonus feature where you can win up to 40 free spins with multipliers that can reach up to 8x. Also on offer are pick ’em prizes of 102 times your stake. Set sail from between 88p and £264 per spin.

The design of 1421 Voyages of Zheng He has a distinctly Chinese feel – set against an ocean backdrop, the reels include playing cards from A to 10 alongside a golden dish, jade statue, bell, junk ship and Zheng He himself. The most lucrative symbol is the gold coin which is the wild. Land 5 of these on 1 of the game’s 88 paylines and you’ll pocket a payout of 888 coins. The wild can land fully stacked which further boosts your winning chances.

To trigger the feature rounds, you’ll need to land 3 of the scroll scatters. After being paid double your total stake, you’ll be given a choice of 4 options:

Cup feature – here you’re taken to a new screen and presented with a trio of cups. After they have been shuffled, pick 1 – if you find the golden ball, you’ll pocket an instant win cash prize of some 102 times your total stake.

The alternative is to pick 1 of 3 free spins options. They are:

  • 20 free spins with random multipliers of 1x, 2x or 3x
  • 15 free spins with random multipliers of 1x, 2x or 5x
  • 10 free spins with random multipliers of 1x, 2x or 8x

You can re-trigger more free spins here so hope to see the maps roll into view. You can choose a different free spin combination for the re-triggered spins too. If forced to choose, we’d go for the high risk, high reward option of 10 free spins with the potential 8x multiplier.

1421 Voyages of Zheng He is an entertaining video slot. The design isn’t the most spectacular (but the backing track is a catchy, Chinese style affair) but the features offer plenty of potential. We’d put the variance in the medium to high range.

Get lucky with the golden ball or the 8x multiplier and this Ming dynasty adventurer can help you sail off with plenty of treasure. If the theme is to your liking, Playtech’s The Great Ming Empire is recommended.