Yggdrasil Gaming never ceases to amaze us when it comes to the rich graphics of their product, and Empire Fortune is no different.
Rich is the perfect word to describe the 2016 release, since, apart from housing rich graphics, it also offers spinners the opportunity to take home plenty of riches from the empire’s treasury room, where the reels are set.
All sorts of jewels and valuable gemstones are within our grasp in this five-reel slot with 20 fixed paylines.
Playable from $0.20 per spin, Empire Fortune features a lucrative Free Spins feature and a Bonus Round with loads of prizes and three progressive jackpots that might reward gamers with some life-changing wins.
Yggdrasil Gaming pushed back the release date of Empire Fortune several times since it was first scheduled for May. We reckon that the reason for this five-month delay was to give the developers more time to polish the slot so that Empire of Fortune would be at least as good as earlier Yggdrasil product.
Empire Fortune has big shoes to fill since the company from Malta is well-known for producing video slots that house state-of-the-art graphics and are packed with rewarding and entertaining special features.
Even though the company is relatively young, being founded in 2013, it has already released a considerable amount of games popular all around the globe.
How To Play It
Set on a golden frame in one of the empire’s treasury rooms, the slot offers plenty of valuable symbols which are yours for the taking if you manage to land a winning combination on an active payline, starting from the leftmost reel.
Look for a Ruby, Amethyst, Emerald or Sapphire, since they are the high-value symbols, while four types of glossy playing card suits function as the low-paying ones.
The Joker Scatters are essential for triggering Free Spins, while Faberge Eggs are needed for the Bonus Round. What is interesting is that Yggdrasil did not include a Wild symbol in the 2016 release.
The slot is presented in a standard 5×3 grid and offers 20 fixed paylines. Betting starts at $0.20, while the maximum wager you can place is $100. One coin per line is needed, but you can alter the coin value that goes from $0.01 to $5.
For those who like to bet to the max, there is a MaxBet option, while Autoplay offers an infinite number of automatic spins, which can be stopped at any time.
First of all, we have to mention that whenever you land two Joker/Faberge Egg Scatters, the reels with those symbols will be locked for the next spin, giving you an opportunity to trigger one of two offered special features.
Free Spins are triggered once you land at least three Joker Scatters. Three Jokers will award you with 10 freebies and a 2x multiplier, four Jokers will get you 20 free spins with a 4x multiplier, while all five Scatters award gamers with 30 freebies that come with an amazing 10x multiplier.
The Jackpot Wheel is where things really become interesting, thanks to three progressive jackpots and various additional prizes. This Bonus round offers three different levels. The lowest level is triggered by three Faberge Eggs, four will get you on the middle level, while five gives you the opportunity to start the round on the highest level.
Of course, if you only get three Scatters, you will also have the chance to get to the highest level if you land the arrow symbol on both the lowest and middle levels.
Apart from arrows, every tier offers plenty of other prizes, so you can win up to 30 free spins with up to 10x multipliers, coin prizes that may go from 20 to 2,500 coins, a Mystery win that will award you with 250-5000 coins, and a rewarding Fireworks feature, that will get you 3, 6, or 12 rockets.
Once you launch them, they can land on any win, including progressive jackpots.
As we said, three progressive jackpots are offered. The Empire Jackpot is the most valuable one, and is won once you land a Joker symbol on the highest level. The Diamond Jackpot and the Golden Bar Jackpot can be won both on the highest and the middle level.
When you start the 2016 release, you will see an amazing sum looking at you from the top of the Jackpot Wheel, currently set at $2,417,000, which is the value of the Empire Jackpot. By the time you read this, it will probably go even higher, but don’t get too carried away, it does not come that easy.
Nevertheless, thanks to lots of multipliers and instant prizes, you can win big in both Free Spins and Jackpot Reel features, as well as in the base game, since high-value symbols give plenty of coins for the maximum combo.
We will definitely advise all spinners to give Empire Fortune a go since it offers almost everything a player could ask for their video slot – crisp graphics, great animations, perfect soundtrack and more than enough additional features to chain you down to your seats.
Both additional features look amazing and, even though they are not triggered that easily, they offer more than enough opportunities for rewarding payouts, thanks to loads of freebies, multipliers, instant cash prizes, mystery wins, fireworks, and, of course, three amazing progressive jackpots.