China-themed slots conjure up images of dragons draped over the reels, common oriental symbols on them, and complicated bonus features. Wazdan’s 9 Tigers combines slots wizardry with a refreshing take on Chinese mythology, which has great reverence for the elements and Asian tigers. It depicts the combination of the fire and water elements in the form of tigers to unleash the divinity of yin and yang, the Chinese symbol that represents all that is good, including the winning potential in the game.
9 Tigers is also a unique slot in that it only has two symbols on the reels in the base game: fire tigers and water tigers. The game also carries a refreshingly simple Tiger Bonus feature that provides the free spins, as we shall examine below in another section in more detail. There is also a risk gamble game feature that is unrelated to the main game. There are no wilds. With just two symbols in the base game, and three in the bonus rounds, indeed the game does not need any. There is not even a regular scatter – a grid full of water or fire tigers triggers the Tiger Bonus round.
9 Tigers is also a graphical delight. Both elemental tigers have a design that makes them look spiritual, but the beastliness comes to the fore when they are animated. The game opens in a wood with stream glittering in the middle. The yin yang symbols appear before the screen reveals the delightful porch of an oriental temple. 9 Tigers has a classical look and is played out on 3 reels and 3 rows with only 8 paylines. It is a not a classic slot and is very different from mainstream slot games – it stands out in a league of its own.
The base game gives you only 2 symbols on the paylines, which number all of 8. But this only means that you don’t have to contend with low paying win combinations. To form a basic win combination, you only need tigers of the same element to appear in a straight line. However, the two tigers can give you bombastic win recipes by forming clusters across the 3x3 grid. Win combos are not only made horizontally but vertically as well. Wins across 1 to 6 paylines award multipliers of between 1 and 16 times your bet.
What you have here are two tigers representing water and fire, who vie for screen space like co-stars in a movie. But here, you emerge the biggest winner since both elements are intrinsic to life. In the Tiger Bonus round, the tigers are literally joined by the yin and yang in rewarding you wins that can be very satisfying. If you play the risk gamble games strategically keeping the odds in mind, it can result in a very handsome addition to your total winnings.
Betting starts at $0.20 and go up to $100.00, which can satisfy all elements under the sun. Wagers can be changed according to the game’s progress from the control panel at the base of the grid. Though the game has a healthy return to player rate of 96.19%, the maximum win potential of the game is only 1,000 times your stake. As with most Wazdan games, you can choose the volatility level you want to play with, but like other fixtures, it will not change the RTP of the slot.
The Tiger Bonus feature gives you a round of free spins. Get the water tiger or the fire tiger to fill all the entire grid and you will trigger the Tiger Bonus feature and get 9 free spins. With only two tigers playing on the reels, it can be fairly easy to get a grid-full of either of them.
Once the free spins kick in, the tigers on the reel get stuck to the reels but shrink in their spaces. When the other elemental tiger lands on the same space, both the tigers get fused into the yin yang symbol. If you collect all the 9 yin yang symbols, you have hit the top jackpot of 1,000 times the bet.
Wazdan games are known for their innovative risk gamble games, which come with almost all their slots. Many developers use the same card symbol, which lies face down and you have to guess the color to double the win of the last spin, or it gets quadrupled if you guess the suit. An incorrect guesses result in all the winnings being nullified.
Wazdan manages to tie in their risk gamble features with the theme of the game. This time you have to guess the correct element in the yin and yang symbol, which is either blue for water, or red for fire. Correct guesses keep doubling your wins, till you collect or lose it all with an incorrect guess. 9 Tiger’s risk gamble feature does not enable quadrupled wins.
Playing 9 Tigers on mobile phones can be more rewarding if you’re able to accomplish your other tasks simultaneously. HTML5 is the game’s platform, which creates a mobile interface that is compatible Android, iOS, and Windows Phone, etc. Hence, 9 Tigers can be played on all Smartphones and Apple devices that run on these systems.
The mobile interface also auto-adjusts to the small screen so you can enjoy the game with full HD integrity and sound fidelity. All you need is to ensure that you have stable internet connectivity at all times. You sure don’t want to be disconnected while on a winning spree. Like most slot game, 9 Tiger also has a lateral format, which is more aptly played in landscape mode.
9 Tigers might sound like a simplistic name for an Oriental slot, but a grid-full of 9 tigers is the central feature of the game, so have to live with it. The slot’s theme is not only interesting but loyally narrated. The combination of elements with the yin and yang is all about life itself, which is particularly celebrated in Chinese folklore.
Just two symbols on the reels give the game a refreshing singularity compared to conventional video slots. We just wish the win potential was higher, though the risk gamble feature, which is independent of the main game, if played responsibly, can significantly enhance the overall payout.