3 Kingdoms - Battle of Red Cliffs

 

For players who aren’t clued up on their Chinese history, the story featured in this game will likely go right over their head. It tells the tale of Cao Cao and his fight against Liu Bei and Sun Quan in early China. However, for the most part, players can get away without knowing this, instead focusing on what is a colourful and bright Chinese-themed slot.

3 Kingdoms: Battle of Red Cliffs has been produced by Pragmatic Play, and like many of their releases, it doesn’t offer adjustable paylines. Players must use all 25 of the lines which appear on the slot’s 5 reels, and so wagers are going to set players back at least 25p a spin. Players with more cash to splash can bet up to £125 a turn on this video slot. Non-progressive prizes are capped at 800x your stake and are won when 5 blue warrior symbols appear on a line. As with most other titles from this provider, the RTP (return to player) rate is high, at the 96.5% mark.

Special features

Red flags (with dragons on them) are used as a wild symbol in this game. They can naturally appear on the reels and substitute for any icons save for scatters. Wilds have no cash prizes of their own to offer players, though.

When scatter icons (temples) appear on the first, third and fifth reels of the slot, a free spin bonus round is triggered. No scattered cash prizes are paid out in this game.

There is a Spoils of War Jackpot which can be snapped up in this game, too. Players will note that 2% of each wager they make will be added to a total prize fund. Every time one of the warriors appears in a winning combo, one point will be acquired. After bagging 40 points, players can pick one of eight envelopes in this bonus to bag a share of that prize fund.

Bonus features

Players will get to opt for one of three possible bonus rounds in this slot once the scatters activate the feature. Each is a free spin bonus, but they offer radically different options. The Vanity Bonus promises 20 free spins with orange warriors wild on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5. The Intrigue Bonus offers 10 spins with orange and green warriors wilds on those reels. Lastly, the All-Out War Bonus offers just 5 spins, but all warrior symbols are wild on all reels but the first one. Scatter icons will re-trigger the bonus, but only provide the same round the player previously selected.

Overview

3 Kingdoms – Battle of Red Cliffs is an inventive release. Unlike many other slots in this genre, the theme here deals with warfare and battle, which is a far cry from the usual panda, dragon and luck-themed Chinese slots players may be used to seeing. The Spoils of War Jackpot and the surplus of wild options in the free spin bonus are the two most interesting bonuses this release.