Scientific Games (SG) has released a brand new online slot from their Shuffle Master development team titled 88 Fortunes, for players looking to check this slot out right away, you will find it already live atMr Smith Casinoand their sister site CasinoEurowhich now also accepts UK players once again!
This slot release adds to the growing portfolio of developers under the Scientific Gaming brand which includes Williams Interactive (WMS), Bally, Barcrest and now Shuffle Master, although the look and feel of this slot is very reminiscent of previous WMS release such as Wishing You Fortune.
The 88 Fortunes slot machine is set in a 5×3 reel layout and uses a 243-way pay line structure and features a number of Jackpots prize which vary depending on stake size chosen by the player.
The highest paying symbols on the slot are all classic oriental themed and are somewhat stacked on reels too, meaning it’s quite possible to get multiple 5 of a kind wins. Along with these symbols in the base game, there are the regular 9, 10, J, Q, K, A symbols present on all reels. There are several wild symbols present in the base game but these only appear on reels 2,3,4.
Choose your Jackpot level
The first thing you will notice is the 5 gold bars to the left of the slot, on increasing the bet by selecting these, you will become eligible to win more of the Jackpot on offer whilst playing this slot.
At minimum bet to be eligible for all of the Jackpot you must play with 5 gold bars selected and this costs 0.88 Credits.
Any of the Jackpots can be awarded when the special FU BAT symbol lands on the reels, if you are betting at the highest level (5 Gold Bars) this could be any of the Jackpots on offer that gets awarded.
Along with this Jackpot feature, there is also a regular free spins bonus round to look forward to, which removes all of the lower paying symbols from the reels.
This bonus round seemed fairly decent in our playtests, with stacked symbols and several wilds, with all of the lower paying symbols removed it lead to some decent wins (30x- 100x) stake.
FU BAT Jackpot Feature
If you manage to trigger the FU BAT Jackpot Feature then you will be transported to a picking round bonus with 12 coins to choose from.
The player then has to pick these coins until 3 matching symbols are revealed and that Jackpot prize is then awarded.
It’s worth noting that the Jackpot values are directly proportional to the bet size per spin, so the more you bet the bigger these Jackpot will be.
88 Fortunes – Free Spins Round
To trigger the free spins bonus round you must land 3-5 of the Gong Scatter symbols on adjacent reels from left to right, which will then award the player with 10 free spins.
During the bonus round, all of the lowest paying symbols are removed from the reels and an alternate bonus reel set is used.
There is a chance of a free spins re-trigger and also the possibility of winning a Jackpot during the free spins too, so plenty to look out for.
In general, you should be hoping for heavily stacked matching symbols and/or wilds landing on the reels to create lots of 5 of a kind wins.
The 88 Fortunes slot comes with an RTP (Return to Player) of 96%, so bet sensible stake sizes and it should provide some decent playtime with a slim chance of a Jackpot prize if you are lucky too.
Overall a much better online slot release from SG/ Shuffle Master, the user interface, theme, graphics and sound are not ground breaking but it has restored some faith after the last dismal slot we reviewed which was Frozen Inferno.
Let’s hope the Shuffle Master releases from SG maintain this kind of quality.