NextGen Gaming Huolong Valley Video Slot Review

Take a trip to Huolong Valley, a Chinese-themed video slot from NextGen Gaming. The highlights of this 5 reel, 20 payline game are the wilds that double payouts and the bonus round that awards up to 14 free spins with multipliers of up to 12x. Play on all devices from between 20p and £100 per spin.

Huolong Valley is a simple game – the design is bright and colourful and has a cartoon style. With the valley in the background, the reels are set within a traditional Chinese building. The lower value symbols are an assortment of different coloured 8s, each of which is being grappled by a dragon!

They’re joined by a goldfish which pays up to 200 coins per payline and the heron and panda, each of which offers awards of up to 250 coins per payline. The best of the standard symbols is the dragon. Land 2, 3, 4 or 5 of these and you’ll pocket 3, 20, 80 or 300 coins.

Helping to create winning lines is the mask which is the wild. Substituting for everything apart from the scatter and bonus, it offers awards of 15, 100, 1,000 or 1,000 coins. When a winner is created that includes standard symbols and a wild, the payout gets a 2x multiplier and is doubled.

Awards of 1, 2, 15 or 200 times your total stake if you land 2, 3, 4 or 5 of the fan scatter on the same spin. To trigger the Free Games feature though, you’ll need to find the magic lantern bonus symbol – 3 of them actually.

You’ll then head to a new screen and choose from the 6 lanterns shown – this will confirm the number of free spins awarded and can be anything from 4 to 7. Then pick from the coins to reveal a multiplier of between 3x and 6x which is applied to each free spin.

Land the wild during a win during a free spin and the wild multiplier joins the free spins multiplier which can lead to some potentially spectacular results of a 12x multiplier. Land 3 lanterns for another round of free spins.

This trip to China is a pretty simple one – the visuals combine well with the soundtrack. The anticipatory whirr that usually arrives after landing 2 bonus symbols triggers with just 1 here which could have you reaching for the mute button though.

The gameplay is pretty basic but works well enough, especially in the Free Games feature where the multipliers can really kick in. The RTP stands at a shade under 97% which is decent enough. This isn’t the most complex game you’ll come across. For some simple, Chinese action, you won’t go too far wrong with Huolong Valley. Alternatively, NextGen Gaming offers plenty of good options like Renegades and 300 Shields.

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