Golden Legend, a video slot game created by Play’n GO software, is one of many slots with a Chinese theme. However, Golden Legend does not bother with ancient tales, back-stories or even a backdrop: the screen is focused purely on the rich purple reels glowing in gold outlines, accompanied by generic Chinese music.
Nevertheless, the game is beautifully designed. An intricate frieze of golden dragons with emerald eyes surmounts the reels, bearing the game logo and an exquisite lucky lotus. The game symbols, all Chinese animals and artefacts associated with luck and wealth, are wrought in gold and precious stones, and scarlet Chinese banners with gold ideograms sway gently in the breeze on either side of the five reels.
Play up to 50 Pay Lines
Each of the five reels displays four windows, allowing Golden Legend to feature 50 pay lines in total. However, players can adjust the settings to play any number from 1 upwards. The bet per line can also be varied, between 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 coins, for a maximum bet per spin of 250 coins.
Even the low-value poker symbols used in Golden Legend, 9, 10, J, Q, K and A, are rendered in the same rich feel of the overall design. They are fashioned as fine gold numerals and letters, inlaid with dragon-skin in orange, purple, green, pink, blue and red. For three of a kind, 9, 10, J and Q score 10 coins, and the K and A win 20 coins. Five A on a pay line wins 400 coins.
Intricate and Ornate Icons
The higher-value symbols are rendered as gold statuettes fashioned in intricate detail, each one set against a backdrop of a different colour. A pair of fish wins 20, 100 or 400 coins for three, four or five of a kind. In increasing order of value, the next symbols are a crane, a tortoise, a lion and a tiger. Five tigers on one pay line win the title’s top prize: 1,000 coins.
The tortoise, lion and tiger are also the only icons that begin rewarding players for a match of two or more, rather than three. The ancient sycee, a uniquely Chinese gold ingot fashioned like a cross between a boat and a hat, serves as the game’s Wild symbol, able to substitute as usual for any other symbol except the Scatter.
Free Spins Triggered by Scatter
A fierce gold dragon clutching a jade ball is the Golden Legend Scatter symbol. For three or more Scatters anywhere on the reels, the player is immediately rewarded with a win of 4X the total bet for the spin, as well as a bonus round of 10 free spins. Another three Scatters during free spins triggers a second round of 10 free spins, but 20 is the maximum a player can win before returning to normal play.
During free spins at most top Canadian online casinos, an extra two stacked Wilds are added to each of reels 2, 3, 4 and 5, making it possible for stacks of two, three or even four Wilds to come up on the reels. A succession of stacked Wilds, combined with high-value symbols like lions and tigers on Reel 1, can result in massive wins.