Travel to the Far East on the progressive jackpot slot from Bally, powered by Scientific Games. China River will take you to the banks of a sprawling river with wild substitutions, mystery stacks and a free spins round with x2 multipliers that can lead to wins of up to 2,000 times your bet. Plus, there are three progressive jackpots to be won before they hit a set threshold.
China River Mega Drop is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 30 fixed pay lines. Wins are awarded for three to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. Available on desktop and mobile, you can bet from 0.30 to 30 credits per spin. The game has medium volatility with an RTP of 97% (unconfirmed).
Bally has never been one to create elaborate visuals for its slots and it has not changed on this latest offering. A simple background with some sort of greenery and red flowers serves as the canvas for a rudimentary game window that is dominated by typical Chinese icons such as jade frogs and lotus flowers. A serene Chinese soundtrack completes the design.
The pay symbols start at the low end with the card royals from 9 through to A, followed by lotus flowers, Chinese pots, jade frogs and a Chinese character symbol. Hit five on a line to win from 3.33x to 33.33x times your bet. A golden pheasant is the wild symbol, substituting for all regular pay symbols. A Chinese gold coin acts as the scatter on this slot.
While the visuals are rarely impressive on Bally slots, they did make an effort to include ample features and modifiers into the gameplay that will make the jackpot chase more entertaining. At the start of any spin, a random pay symbol except wilds is selected to appear as Mystery Stacks. Once the reels stop, all in view will then reveal the chosen symbol, providing more potential to score a win. It is at the same time the only opportunity to hit a full screen of any symbol, which would top at 1,000 times your the Chinese character symbol.
Hitting three, four or five gold coin scatters anywhere on the reels will trigger 8, 10 and 15 Free Spins respectively, which can be indefinitely retriggered. During the feature, all wins will be multiplied by x2, plus, the Mystery Stacks can land on any free spin.
Mega Drop Jackpots are a new type of must-drop progressive jackpots – Minor, Major and Epic – with 2% of each bet contributing to them. They can be won on any spin and at any bet size, although the chances to trigger one of them is relative to the bet size. The jackpots will trigger randomly at any bet size before they reach the set thresholds which are for Minor – 1,500 credits, Major – 20,000 credits and Epic – 200,000 credits. Once won, the respective jackpot will reset to 25% of the paid value.
China River Mega Drop won’t shoot to stardom in the online casino community as it has simply too little on offer that would entice hardcore slotting folks to spin the reels for an extended period. The main attraction are the progressive jackpots which can drop any time before the reach their respective threshold. Seeing any of them getting close to the limit will surely appeal to the jackpot chasers as they will be guaranteed to trigger in a reasonably short period.