Yu Huang Da Di, also known as Jade Emperor, is 5 reel 20 payline video slot from Playtech. Based on the life and times of the 16th century monarch, this historical Chinese-themed game comes with a bonus feature where you can win up to 16 free spins (initially) with multipliers that can reach 6x. Stakes range from between 20p and £500 per spin.
The design in Jade Emperor has a very traditional feel – the reels are set within a historic temple and include a quartet of emblems based on Chinese signs of the zodiac. They’re joined by 4 higher value members of the royal entourage. Each royal requires just 2 symbols to create a winner. 5 emperor symbols will get you 600 coins.
The Chinese letters symbols is the wild, replacing everything bar the bonus and scatter symbols. 5 wilds on a payline will get you 10,000 times your line bet. Prizes of 5, 20 or 100 times your total stake are on offer if you find 3, 4 or 5 scatters (the golden dragon) anywhere on the reels on the same spin.
The red lantern on the green backdrop is the Bonus symbol – land 2 of these on reels 1 and 5 on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Emperor’s Treasure Bonus feature. You’ll be taken to a new screen – you’ll first choose from 6 lanterns which will reveal the number of free spins you’ve been awarded. Then pick 1 of the 6 treasure chests which each contain a multiplier value which will be applied to your free spins.
You can win between 5 and 16 free spins here and boost your payouts with multipliers of up to 6x. The good news is that you can win an infinite number of free spins if you get the bonus symbol on reels 1 and 5 during the feature.
On the variance scale, Jade Emperor sits in the medium range – the free spins feature offers the best opportunities to bag a biggie. Land the full complement of free spins and a decent multiplier and the coins can rack up quickly.
Playtech is something of a specialist when it comes to Chinese-themed slot games and Jade Emperor is another impressive addition to the catalogue. Well-designed as always and coming with a traditional Chinese soundtrack, it’s super simple to play. The range of features is limited but perfectly serviceable. And if the Emperor is in a benevolent mood, there are riches on offer too. If you like the theme, I recommend Playtech’s The Great Ming Empire.