Gong Xi Fa Cai

Gong Xi Fa Cai is a charming, Chinese-themed online slot from IGT with 3D graphics, a bumper crop of bonus features, and a multi-level progressive jackpot.

"Gong Xi Fa Cai" is a greeting you'll commonly hear during the Chinese New Year as it's used to wish people a prosperous year to come. Gong Xi means wishing, and Chai means wealth, and if the delightful gentleman in the slot's bottom-right corner is anything to go by, Gong Xi Fa Cai has plenty of gold to give! The slot uses four animal symbols that can be accompanied by multipliers of x2 to x5 and there's also a Dynamic Symbol Replacement Feature that can transform certain symbols into high-paying animal symbols. In addition, there's a Free Spins Bonus that uses extra-rich reels and can e retriggered to give you a maximum of eighty-eight free games, and there Lucky Fortune Progressive Picker which is where four fantastic progressive jackpots are waiting to be won.

More about the Software Provider

IGT or International Game Technology was created in the 1980s by Si Redd – a former employee of Bally. The company makes physical and online slots for a global audience and even makes slots that can be played on mobile devices. One of IGT's most famous slots is a game that can be found in casinos across the world. It's called Wheel of Fortune, and it's a progressive jackpot slot which has made scores of millionaires since its creation. The brand's other games range from Family Guy, Pixies of the Forest, and Wolf Run to Diamond Queen, Firehouse Hounds, and Treasures of Egypt.

Appearance and Sound Effects

Gong Xi Fa Cai uses a bright and colourful oriental theme, with the game's logo lit up in shimmering gold at the top of the screen. The reels sit about a mountain of glittering gold coins, and to the right of them, there's a fun little fellow (who looks as though he could be a Chinese emperor) holding up a huge gold ingot which he moves around in admiration before presenting it to you with a beaming smile. On the right-hand side of the reels, there are the current values of the four progressive jackpots (Mini, Minor, Major, and Maxi).

The paytable symbols are bursting with colour, and they include four animals – a lion, fish, a dragon, and an eagle – as well as Chinese emblems and a "WILD" symbol.

Bonuses and Special Features

The "WILD" symbol that we mentioned above can help boost your chances of winning prizes while playing Gong Xi Fa Cai, as it can substitute for all symbols except the scatter in both the base game and the Free Spins Bonus.

The green, red, and gold scatter symbol triggers the Free Spins Bonus which gives you eight free games when it lands on Reels 1, 3, and 5 simultaneously. Plus, you can pick up eight additional free games by getting the scatter on Reels 1, 3, and 5 during the bonus game to gain a maximum of eighty-eight free spins in total. The Free Spins Bonus also uses extra-rich reels with the low-value playing card symbols removed.

Gong Xi Fa Cai uses four animal symbols – the lion, the fish, the eagle, and the dragon – which can appear on the first reel with multipliers of x2, x3, and x5. If a symbol containing one of these multipliers is used in a winning combination, the prize is multiplied by x2, x3 or x5 respectively.

In the base game, the second, third, fourth, and fifth reels contain dynamic symbols. Prior to each spin, one of the four animal symbols is randomly picked to fill every reel's dynamic symbol positions.

Any winning spin in the base game that uses one or more multipliers has a chance of triggering the Lucky Fortune Progressive Picker Bonus in Gong Xi Fa Cai. You're presented with a selection of envelopes which you can pick from until you reveal three matching gems. Three purple gems awards the Mini jackpot; three green gems awards the Minor jackpot, three blue gems awards the Major jackpot, and three red gems awards the Maxi jackpot.

Paylines/Reels

Gong Xi Fa Cai uses five reels, three rows of symbols, and fifty fixed paylines. It has a variable RTP (Return to Player Rate) of 92.41% to 96.23%.

Mobile Compatibility

The game is designed to work with desktops, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, and includes mobile-friendly game controls when played on mobile devices.

Our Verdict

Gong Xi Fai Cai is a slot with a theme of riches that's equally rich in bonus features. Four progressive jackpots, win multipliers, free spins, and dynamic symbol replacements make it an oriental slot that deserves to go straight to the top of your list.