Beast of Wealth: Overview
Beast of Wealth is one of three games in Play’n GO’s trio of wealth based slots. Wealth by name, wealth by nature since all three have been designed as progressive jackpots. This game category is not exactly Play’n GO’s forte, so the studio has gone on the assault by dropping three at the same time. Is the thinking at least one will rise to the top as a player favourite? Or they just had a bunch of Asian skins and code lying around that found a good use? Who knows. What we do know is all three are Asian based, and are geared towards big win hunters spinning for four progressive jackpots.
Compared to the other contributions in the trilogy, Beast of Wealth has a more traditional look to it. There’s no confusion at all when the game loads as to where you are. The 5-reel, 243 win ways game area is framed by a wooden temple-like structure with a tile roof that is classically Asian. Lanterns hang off it, while mountains and mist brood in the distance. As we said, a more classically Asian look.
Players join the hunt by selecting bets of 10 p/c to £/€100 per spin, on mobile, tablets, or desktop. The math model produces similar stats to Celebration of Wealth and Temple of Wealth too, such as a fairly high, but not brutal volatility, which the studio has rated as 7/10. RTP has taken a slight knock, dropping it to a default setting of 96.17%, though still an impressive figure for a progressive, which includes a contribution from each stake to the pot. Check the paytable before diving in though, like other Play’n GO games, the RTP is variable, so it may be found at a lower level.
The paytable provides 10 regular pay symbols to work with – 6 low pay royals and 4 high pays. The highs are an abstract collection of beasts such as turtles, birds, tigers, and dragons. Five premiums in a row are worth from 2 to 10 times the stake. Lines of the wild are worth the same as the high pay dragon. Styled like a gong, the wild appears anywhere to substitute for any symbol except the scatter to line up winning combinations.
Beast of Wealth: Features
Beast of Wealth is as simple as its sister slots when it comes to features. The base game coasts in a pretty basic manner, until the features are triggered. There are two – free spins and the jackpot feature.
The Yin & Yang symbol is what you need to unlock free spins. They appear on any reel, paying 5, 10, or 50 times the stake when 3, 4, or 5 are in view. At least 3 anywhere in view is enough to trigger free spins, and like before, there are five options for players to choose from:
- Turtles – 118 Turtle symbols added to the reels.
- Birds – 108 Bird symbols added to the reels.
- Tigers – 98 Tiger symbols added to the reels.
- Dragons – 88 Dragon symbols added to the reels.
The 5th choice is a mystery option that awards 88-118 of any symbol type. Now, the dragon is tempting since it’s the most valuable icon on the paytable. However, there are less of them available making it harder to form combinations. In other words, players can expect a difference in volatility depending on the option chosen.
During free spins, all other premium symbols are removed, so the chosen symbol is the only one to land in the feature. The round begins with 8 free spins which can be retriggered by three or more scatter symbols.
Scatters are all well and good, but if it’s the jackpot you’re after, it’s Gold Reels you’ll want to see. On any base game spin, 1 to 5 reels randomly turn into Gold Reels. A wild landing on at least one of them triggers the jackpot feature. Once triggered, players are presented with 12 logo coins and asked to pick one by one to reveal jackpots – the Mini, Minor, Major, and Grand. Reveal three matching jackpots to win the corresponding prize. As before, 1.5% of each stake is skimmed off the top to grow the prize pool, and the bigger the bet, the better your chance of triggering a jackpot.
Beast of Wealth: Verdict
Well, it’s much of a muchness really since Beast of Wealth parallels the other two games in the series in so many ways. The bonus game has been tweaked, but it’s still a case of firing up for a crack at the progressive jackpot. Beast of Wealth is a slightly more Asian affair, though there isn’t a massive amount separating the three games. Tey all have similar stats, similar math models, and the non-jackpot potential remains the same as before.
So how is a player meant to choose one over the others? To be honest, you can’t really. They’re all wired into the same network, so players could be chasing the same rewards. Sure, free spins are different so demoing the three games is probably the only way of picking a clear favourite.