88 Fortunes Slot from Bally Technologies is a medium-to-high-variance Chinese fortune-themed slot that’s all about luck. It was very popular as a land-based offering. It’s a five-reel, three-row affair that doesn’t use any standard Paylines. Instead, you need to land at least three of the same symbols in a row, starting from the left of the reels, to bag a win. This effectively gives players the equivalent of 243 standard Paylines.
How to play
Play 88 Fortunes Slot from 88p a go or for up to as much as £88 a spin. (The number eight is strongly associated with luck in Chinese culture.) Play on your PC or mobile device of choice.
The background is mainly red, the colour symbolising luck in Chinese culture. This is combined with plenty of gold to enhance the oriental theme. The icons include eagles, ships, gongs and turtles, all golden – plus playing cards from 9 to Ace. The highest-value symbol is the golden eagle. Land five in a row at the maximum wager and rake in a thousand coins.
The Wild symbol is the ‘Fu Bat’ symbol – the words for ‘luck’ (Fu) and ‘bat’ are very similar in Chinese, and so this icon is the creature. It will only show up on reels 2 through 4.
88 Fortunes Slot Special features
Two Bonus Features
Four Progressive Jackpots
Wager extra credits to realise potential progressive jackpots. If you play at eight credits, there’s no available jackpot, but 18 opens up the mini jackpot, 38 the mini and minor ones. With 68 credits, these and the major jackpot are up for grabs, at 88 there’s also the chance to play for the grand jackpot.
If you land a fu bat Wild symbol, that triggers this feature. You arrive at a new screen which displays a dozen coins. Reveal your jackpot by choosing these one at a time until you have revealed three matching baby icons, corresponding to one of the four jackpots. Then you learn which jackpot you have won, after which the feature terminates.
Going for a Gong
The other bonus feature launches when you get at least three of the gong bonus icons (the Scatter) on neighbouring reels, starting from the left-hand side. This bags you 10 free spins initially, during which the numbers 9 and 10 and the letters Jack, King, Queen and Ace symbols are taken off the reels. You can retrigger this feature. The five major-value symbols then replace them, enhancing your chances of a decent win.
There is no upper limit on how many extra free spins you can earn, and this is probably your best route to big winnings. It triggers after around 120 regular spins.
Land more gongs during this free spins round and win further free spins.
Return to Player (RTP)
There’s little to say about the RTP for this game, set at a standard, average-to-low 96% and giving a house edge of 4%. You can expect a payout roughly every five to seven spins.
88 Fortunes Slot – The Verdict
Although the response to 88 Fortunes Slots from some reviewers has been rather lukewarm, one has described it as ‘a smooth and glitzy release’. But, given that this one is all about luck, why not take your chances yourself?
After all, adding to the bottomless free spins and four progressive jackpots, there’s also plenty in the way of colour and atmosphere.