Quest to the West is a new slot title from Betsoft Gaming which is based on the ancient Chinese legend of the Monkey King. We won’t go into that story here because it’s a lengthy one and we couldn’t possibly do it justice in a slot review, so we will instead tell you that the game is faithful to the legend whilst still being perfectly accessible to those who aren’t familiar with it.
A Timeless Adventure
This slot has five reels, four rows and 25 pay lines. The reels are presented as if on a scroll that has been unrolled horizontally, and behind this you will see a nicely animated background which shows a deep ravine with a temple on one side and the Monkey King’s companions on the other.
Symbols on the reels include the playing card ranks of 10, J, Q, K and A, a pink lotus, a white horse, a golden dragon emblem and several characters from the Monkey King legend. A Monkey King symbol serves as a wild, and also as a scatter, as we will explain shortly.
The visuals in this game are very good, and so is the audio, with a traditional-sounding theme setting the scene and various dramatic flourishes serving as incidental effects.
Quest to the West Feature
Whenever you get one or two Monkey King symbols on the reels, they will serve as straightforward wilds, and can therefore help you to complete or improve a winning combination. Get three or more Monkey King symbols on the reels and they will also trigger a special Quest to the West feature.
When this happens, the Monkey King symbols will transform to show the Monkey King sitting on a white cloud, which is his favourite mode of transportation. These transformed symbols will now act as ‘walking wilds’ and shift to the left with every spin. Of course, these symbols continue to serve as wilds, so they can potentially help you to win on each spin.
A vertical Meter of the Heavens to the left of the first reel will fill up as walking wilds exit the game area. Any new Monkey King wild which appears after a spin of the reels will also transform into a walking wild, and this feature will continue for as long as there are walking wilds on the reels.
Should you manage to fill the Meter of the Heavens before the feature ends, it is said that ‘the riches of the Heavens will pour down upon you’, which is nice. Rather less poetically, but more specifically, we can tell you that the reward would be an instant win worth 1,000 times your bet.
Tradition with a Twist
‘The Betsoft team are highly skilled at taking a popular theme and giving it a unique “twist”,’ said Annamaria Anastasi, who is Marketing Director at Betsoft Gaming. ‘This skill is one of our hallmarks and Quest to the West is a fantastic example. Player response has been hugely positive and we anticipate this game will become a fast favourite.’
Relaxing and Rewarding
Quest to the West is a fairly simple game, but that isn’t a negative comment by any means. The gorgeous visuals and gentle soundtrack make it a great title for those times when you want to wind down from the hustle and bustle of a busy day, whilst the nicely executed special feature will keep you engaged. Whether or not you are familiar with the legend of the Monkey King, head over to your preferred Betsoft Gaming venue to play and you just might win some heavenly riches!
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