Eastern Emeralds Slot
Eastern Emeralds, Quickspin’s big paying summer release takes you on a journey into the far-east, set against a backdrop of oriental mountains complete with ornate footbridges crossing cavernous gorges, and a temple high up in the forest. In the foreground tree-tops are illuminated by hanging lanterns in their branches. Eastern Emeralds are played on a 5 x 3 board with 20 fixed pay lines. The game has is of medium/high volatility and enjoys a relatively high RTP of 96.58%, of which 67.94% is assigned to the main game and 28.64% to bonus round which takes the form of a free spin round with multiplying wilds. Stakes per spin range from €0.20 up to €100.
Design and Symbols
Eastern Emeralds design and symbols seem fairly standard for an Asian-themed slot, with the lowest value symbols occupied by 10, J, Q, K, A and the higher value symbols represented by numerous oriental golden artefacts (coins, ingots, turtles, koi carp, and a dragon mask). The highest paying symbol, the mask, gives a return of 7.5x for five across a pay line. The wild symbol takes the form of a large emerald. There is only one wild per reel but they are ever increasing multiplier wilds with the first reel being a standard wild, the second reel is a 2x wild, then the third is a 3x wild, followed by a 4x wild and final a 5x wild. The final symbol is the scatter which is represented by a red phoenix rising from the flames with ‘bonus’ written across it. All the action takes place within a gold-framed board set in the aforementioned oriental wilderness while tranquil far-eastern music plays in the background.
Other than the multiplier wilds in the base game, the only special feature in Eastern Emeralds is the free spin round, ‘Choose Your Destiny’
Choose Your Destiny
- There may be only the one special feature but it is one which has the potential to pay out an insane sum of money if luck is on your side. Once you have hit three scatter symbols you are asked to ‘Choose your destiny’ and pick between 6 and 15 free spins, although the less free spins you choose, the higher the multiplier wilds are worth once you start playing.
- For example if you choose the maximum 15 free spins the standard 2x, 3x, 4x, and 5x wilds remain on reels 2-5. However, if you go for just 6 spins these are replaced by 5x, 6x, 7x, and 8x wilds, offering a potential multiplier of 1,680 per completed line.
- Just to blow your mind a little, this means a maximum pay-out of over €7.5m is possible if the correct combination of symbols fell with the 1,680 multiplier when playing at the maximum €100 per spin! Sure this is highly unlikely, but it certainly gives you an idea of how lucrative this mega-multiplier feature can be.
Our thoughts on Eastern Emeralds
Despite Eastern Emeralds being a relatively straightforward game with few surprises, the ascending multiplier reels mean that even during regular gameplay big wins are very possible. We also like that if you are a more conservative player you have the option to reduce the volatility during the bonus round by taking more spins with a lower multiplier, and likewise, the true gamblers can opt for the excitement of a high-risk, huge return free spin round. Although this is not Quickspin’s first Asian-themed game (Sakura Fortune, Hidden Valley), it is definitely the one with the biggest potential for a monster win and therefore certainly worthy of investigation.