Set off on an adventure with the 1421 Voyages of Zhang He, an Asian-themed video slot inspired by the title character. Zheng He or Chang Ho, which is his Romanised name, was an explorer, diplomat and fleet admiral during China’s early Ming dynasty.
It is believed that he circumnavigated the world in 1421 and discovered America which is the story behind the slot. All the symbols populating your reels serve well to the theme along with an Oriental music score which set the mood of the game.
Besides, the number 8, believed to bring luck according to Chinese tradition, is featured in the game’s structure and payouts.
The software developer behind the game is Spielo, the joint venture of the Italian lottery operator GTECH and the American based IGT.
They supply casinos with a full range of products, from slots to Keno and Poker machines designed mainly for land-based casino halls. Apart from great visuals, the slot machines developed by Spielo offer multiple opportunities to win thanks to their innovative bonus features which include free spins, random multipliers, wilds and more.
How To Play It
The game uses the 5×4 reels and 88 adjustable paying lines. If you have ever played the slots from IGT, you will easily adjust all the settings and start spinning the reels. If you haven’t, all you need to do is to customise the amount of paying lines you want to play at, set your bet per line and hit the spin button, as simple as that.
The bet value per line varies between $0.01 and $3, so at all the lines activated you can wager from $0.88 up to $264 per spin. You can always decrease the number of paying lines but that will lessen your winning chances.
Apart from the theme-related symbols which are depicted as Zheng He himself, his ship long more than 120 meters, the huge bell and more, the reels will be covered by playing card symbols which deliver low value payouts. They are designed to suit the theme as well. To win a prize, land at least three matching symbols in a row on a paying line. Although the design of the symbols is quite plain, the overall appearance of the game is great as the reels are set against a beautiful ocean landscape in the sunset.
Wild depicted as the golden coin will help you complete more winning combinations by substituting for all regular symbols. The most important item for our explorer is the map and in this game it will help you trigger not one but 4 bonus games.
To be precise, as soon as you land 3 Map Scatters anywhere on the reels 2, 3 and 4, you will trigger the Player Decision feature offering you to choose from 4 options including the Cap feature, 20 free spins, 15 free spins or 10 free spins.
If you opt for the Cap feature, your task will be to find a golden ball hiding under one of three caps. If you succeed, you will win an instant win of 91x your total bet.
If you are, however, more into free spins, you can choose from 20 free spins with up to 3x multipliers, 15 free spins with up to 5x multipliers and 10 free spins with up to 8x multipliers. All multipliers are randomly awarded and the feature can be retriggered offering you to choose from 4 options once more.
Not only that the number of paying lines revolves around the number eight, but the top prize stands at 888 and it is delivered for landing five Wilds on an active paying lines.
Another valuable symbol is Zheng He and landing five of a kind on an active paying line awards 400 coins. Thanks to random multipliers, during free spins you can hit the largest wins.
The 1421 Voyages of Zheng He provides you with a relaxing and rewarding gaming experience. It is not just another Asian-themed slot as its structure and features are quite innovative. Look out for Map Scatters on the middle three reels to trigger the Player Decision feature and choose a bonus game wisely.
If you think that 88 paying lines is too much, you can decrease them and play the game at 68, 48, 28 or 8 active lines. It will still provide you with numerous opportunities to win.