Gong Hei Gong Hei: Overview
Let’s kick this off by pointing out the obvious. Gong Hei Gong Hei is merely a reskin of the classic Eye of Horus slot which first made its name as a land-based slot machine, particularly in Germany, and which eventually went on to become available online as well. But are these two games 100% identical, or are there any benefits of choosing one over the other? Let’s find out.
Powered by Blueprint Gaming and released under license from Reel Time Gaming, Gong Hei Gong Hei (which means basically means happy new year in Chinese) is a 5-reel, 3-row slot played using 25 fixed paylines. Like many of these classics, it’s quite simple in gameplay and only really has one feature to benefit from – the free spins round with its symbol upgrades. Medium to high variance and with a solid RTP of 96.30%, you can play it from 0.25 to €/£125 per spin across all devices
The biggest difference from Eye of Horus is obviously the visual appearance. Instead of ancient Egypt, you’re transported to another mighty civilization – ancient China. With the reels set inside a temple with two dragons guarding the flanks, symbols on the reels includes the usual J to A royal values spinning alongside more lucrative golden coins, lanterns, porcelain vases, medallions, and pots of gold. The latter is the most rewarding, giving you 28 times your stake for a combination of five. The happy Chinese fellow is the Caishen wild. When it hits, it expands to fully cover the reel.
Gong Hei Gong Hei: Features
Gong Hei Gong Hei is not exactly bustling with features. With nothing in particular going on in the base game, it all comes down to the Free Spins feature. To trigger it, you will have to land 3 or more temple scatter symbols anywhere in view on the same spin – this will award 12 free spins. During feature, each Caishen Wild landing on the reels will upgrade the high paying symbols in order as shown on the top of the game screen. In addition 1, 2 or 3 Caishen Wild awards 1, 3 or 5 additional spins respectively. That’s pretty much all there is to it.
Gong Hei Gong Hei: Verdict
Although the help file states the game has a max win of 10,000 times your stake, it’s kind of hard to see how that would ever be possible given the fact that a full screen of the top symbol pays 700 times your stake. There’s no chance in hell that you will land 15 of such winners during a single free spins around. More realistic are wins of around 200-500 times your stake up to a maximum of 2,000x maybe.
So to answer the question, is there any benefit to choosing this one over Eye of Horus or vice versa? No, not at all. The gameplay is identical as is the RTP and volatility. In the end, Gong Hei Gong Hei is just a simple clone, although being based on a truly classic slot, it’s undoubtedly worth a try. Especially if you like Merkur’s classic offering which you may have a hard time finding online these days.