Travel to the Far East and step into a world of splendour and serenity on the slot from NetEnt. Imperial Riches promises good fortune with an Avalanche pay mechanic, a Free Falls round, a Lucky Pond Bonus Game and a Jackpot Bonus Game where you can win one of five jackpots, three of which are localized progressive jackpots.
Imperial Riches is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 15 fixed pay lines. Wins are paid for three to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. Available on desktop and mobile, you can bet from 0.15 to 30 credits per spin. The game has medium variance with an RTP of 96.88%, a fixed percentage of which is reserved for the jackpots.
Absolute serenity doesn’t even come close when trying to describe the graphics and design on Imperial Riches. A tranquil royal park with a koi pond at its centre is in the background to a frameless game window. Golden ingots, fish and coins dominate on the reels while the five displays for the jackpot tower on top. A traditional serene soundtrack will let you find your inner zen and path to fortune.
Open the game to find beautifully crafted card royals from Q to A at the low end of the paytable, awarding 3.33x to 6.66x your stake for a single five of a kind. They are followed by bamboo sprouts as well as golden coins, ingots and fish, all lucky symbols in Asian culture. Hit five on a line to win 13.33x to 100x your bet.
A Chinese gong is the wild symbol, appearing on reels two to four only and substituting for all regular pay symbols. A traditional Asian lampoon acts as the scatter.
While the progressive jackpots will be at the centre of attention for all players spinning the reels on this slot, there are quite a few features that will keep them well entertained during the jackpot chase.
The pay mechanic with cascading symbols used on Imperial Riches is known at NetEnt as the Avalanche feature. Symbols fall from the top at the start of a spin sequence and any winning combos will disappear to make room for new symbols to drop into place. This continues until now new wins occur after an avalanche. Bonus scatters will stay on the screen but will move to the bottom if symbols underneath them are removed. All wins are accumulated and paid at the end of a spin sequence.
Having three lampoon scatters in view in a spin will trigger 10 Free Falls. Any extra scatters appearing on the triggering spin will add +5 free spins. The feature cannot be retriggered. During the free spins, all winning symbols are collected as jewels in a counter on the right of the game window after the win has been paid.
Once the free falls have all been played, you will enter the Lucky Pond Bonus Game with the number of collected jewels. The game will lead to a new screen with a water pond where two koi fish – the Coin Fish and the Bonus Fish – are swimming leisurely. All collected jewels will now start falling from the top and can be eaten by either of the two fish or fall down to the bottom of the pond.
Should you be lucky enough to enter the Jackpot Bonus Game, then you will progress to the next pond with 50 new jewels and a total of six koi fish – one Coin Fish and five Jackpot Fish, one for each jackpot. The 50 jewels will again drop from the top and you will need to have a Jackpot Fish eating three jewels to win the corresponding jackpot. Please note that entering the Jackpot Game does no guarantee the win of a jackpot. They are all in Euro and will be converted at the market rate if the account is in a different currency. Only one jackpot can be won per round.
After Mercy of the Gods, this is the next localized progressive from NetEnt and I was quite impressed after my test runs. We know the Avalanche mechanic from Gonzo’s Quest, which is quite entertaining and can lead to sizeable wins. Overall, we estimate the main game will be good for maximum 1,000 times your bet while the Mega Jackpot will mostly go into low-to-mid 5-figure sums before it is won.