Playtech takes yet another trip to China in Heavenly Ruler. It’s a classically-themed 5 reel, 30 payline video slot that comes with stacked symbols and a feature round where you can win up to 100 free spins with multipliers that can reach a whopping 8x. Playable on all devices, stakes start at 30p per spin.
This trip East is a little different as far as design and features go – joining the usual lower value A to 9 playing card values are a selection of symbols traditionally associated with China. Look out for a lotus flower, a scroll filled with Chinese letters and a golden dragon. The best payer is the magnificent peacock – landing 2, 3, 4 or 5 on 1 of the game’s 30 paylines will get you 5, 25, 100 or 500 coins. The peacock can land fully stacked and can hit on every reel.
The mystery woman is the Heavenly Ruler – she is the wild, substituting for all other symbols with the exception of the scatter. A 2, 3, 4 or 5 symbol combination will get you a haul of 10, 50, 500 or a potentially enormous 10,000 coins.
Heavenly Ruler also comes with a Heavenly Free Games feature – to trigger it, you’ll need to land 3 or more of the royal palace scatter. 3, 4 or 5 anywhere on the reels pays 60, 150 or 500 coins as well 15, 25 or 50 free spins. You’ll notice a marker in the top right corner above the reels – this can reveal a multiplier which is applied to any wins on that free spin. This can send the cashier spinning with a boost of 2x, 3x, 5x or 8x.
The Heavenly Ruler replaces all other symbols including the scatter during the feature – 3 or more scatters and wilds on the same free spin re-triggers more free spins giving you up to 100 free spins in total. Multipliers are again on offer during any re-triggered free spins.
This virtual trip to China is an enjoyable one – it’s not the most complicated game you’ll come across but the design is high class and the bonus feature offers plenty of potential courtesy of the big multipliers on offer. If the Heavenly Ruler is in a benevolent mood, some quality entertainment can be had here. If rulers are appealing, NetEnt’s Warlords: Crystals of Power is highly recommended.