We have decided to continue our Far Eastern odyssey today with a couple more exotic-themed schemes from the market’s leading developers. This time around, we put both Hong Kong Tower and Xing Guardian under the microscope, to see which of the two is worth your time and money. As it happens, the answer is both – a few spins at least on each comes highly recommended. The only real question being – which to try out first?
Hong Kong Tower
Taking a look at Hong Kong Tower first, ELK Studios has served up another impressive five-reel slot with a generous total of 99 paylines to play for. Spins are on offer from 20p up to a maximum of £100 each and the slot is compatible with just about all mobile devices and desktop platforms. Along with a particularly enjoyable bonus feature, the action in Hong Kong Tower is kept interesting with a mystery symbols feature that adds an unusual dynamic to the base game.
The backdrop of a glittering skyline sets the scene, which comes alive with the incredible light and laser show Hong Kong is famous for the world over. Quite simply, Hong Kong Tower is absolutely wonderful to look at. But then again, Elk Studios always deliver the goods in the visual arena! The mystery symbol mentioned above is the Hong Kong Tower logo, which upon landing on any of the reels will randomly turn into one of the other symbols, increasing the likelihood of lining up a winning combination.
The base game is enjoyable enough, but the biggest draw of all with Hong Kong Tower is the Wheels of the Sky Bonus round. In order to access the feature, you’ll need at least three red Bonus Ying Yang symbols on the screen at the same time. Alternatively, one blue Ying Yang symbol will also lead you into the bonus round. Getting four or five reds will score you one or two extra lives, while a blue symbol means two extra lives guaranteed.
Three skyscrapers are then presented which have bonus wheels attached at the top. The first wheel spins, you win whatever prize it lands on or you level up to the next wheel. The further you progress through the wheels, the bigger the prizes get. This continues until the same part of the wheel is hit twice, which will either cost you one life or exit the feature. The maximum prize on offer with the final wheel is a whopping 500 X you stake, if you can get it to land in the right place!
Technically speaking, it’s possible to take home a prize worth more than 3,000 X your stake with every spin while playing Hong Kong Tower. It’s an extremely volatile slot and has a habit of making you wait, before deciding to be in any way generous with the prizes. On the plus side, it can pay out in a big way when it finally does. The base game is good enough, but the bonus round is an absolute winner and more than makes Hong Kong Tower worth checking out!
Next up, from the ranks of NextGen Gaming comes Xing Guardian, which uses a standard five-reel setup with a whopping 1,024 ways to win. Play using pretty much any mobile or desktop platform you like, with spins starting at 50p and going as high as £125 each. Along with an enjoyable base game, there’s a tasty trio of bonus rounds to play for which make Xing Guardian borderline irresistible!
It’s another slot with a Far Eastern theme, though in this instance in a slightly more futuristic capacity. Along with the usual low-value playing card symbols, there’s a whole bunch of familiar icons including dragons, pearl rings, water lilies and so on. It’s the dragon you’ll be hoping stops by with company – five in a row on any payline being worth a 75-coin payout.
The female Xing Guardian character serves as a stacked wild on all five of the reels and can take the place of any other symbol, with the exception of the scatter. She is worth 100X times your line bet, if you managed to line up five in a row on a winning payline.
The Xing Guardian Locked Reels feature can be great for totting up big wins, which locks stacked reels together to ensure you get the same symbols on the locked reels with the next spin. Then there is the Rise of the Dragon feature, which can kick in at any time during the base game on a totally random basis. This involves a dragon appearing and revealing stacked wilds on any number of the reels.
The scatter symbols takes the form of the Yin Yang icon, which upon landing at least three will take you over to the free spins round. You will also win an instant cash prize worth up to 10x your bet. You’ll start out with 10 free spins, though with each free spin a rand number of reels can lock together, in order to keep the symbols the same for the following spin. Or in other words, it’s the Xing Guardian Locked Reels feature doubling up with the free spins round, for an even bigger chance of winning. The free spins can be re-triggered during the round, by landing three or more scatters in any positions.
Slightly more on the medium-variance side, Xing Guardian is a real crowd-pleaser and comes highly recommended. The base game might not be the most thrilling of all, but it usually isn’t long before at least one of the bonus features comes calling. And when it does, brace yourself for serious excitement and perhaps even a couple of epic wins!