Temple of Wealth: Overview
They say good things come in threes, and developer Play’n GO has set out to prove the veracity of that statement. Temple of Wealth is one of three titles in the studio’s trio of progressive jackpot slots which also includes Celebration of Wealth and Beast of Wealth, all deeply dipped in an Asian theme. Why three? It’s a little unclear, but jackpot hunters probably won’t be complaining by the wider range of choice. The format is basically the same as the others, meaning a straight forward base game complemented by two features – free spins and of course, jackpots.
Asian fans will be right in their element playing this one. It looks like Play’n GO bought up a souvenir shop and shook out the contents into the game. Temple of Wealth has a strong traditional vibe. Heavy on the green, red and gold, plus bursting with smiling divinities, leaping fish statues – it’s a full Chinese smorgasbord. So much so, that Temple of Wealth is possibly the most polarising slot of the three. Either you absolutely can’t get enough of this style, or the clichés make you slightly nauseous. It’s been quite nicely designed though. The 5-reel, 243 win ways grid is placed inside the temple of the title, surrounded by solid pillars bathed in a warm golden light.
Temple of Wealth may be played on any device, by choosing bets of 10 p/c to £/€100 per spin. Each stake has 1.5% trimmed off to grow the jackpot. When selecting a bet, know that the bigger the wager, the better the chances are of triggering the jackpot feature.
When it comes to the math model, Temple of Wealth is most closely related to Celebration of Wealth. The two have the same return to player rating of 96.2%, and a fairly high volatile math model rated 8/10. As before, RTP is alterable, so make sure you’re getting the best version before joining the chase.
Ten symbols make up the paytable here – 5 low pay royals, and 5 high pay premiums. The premiums are made up of coins, a sycee, a golden fish, a Fu baby, and the smiling Caishen, worth from 2 to 10 times the stake for five of a kind. The mysterious red door is the wild, appearing anywhere to substitute for all symbols except the scatter.
Temple of Wealth: Features
Like the two progressives before it, Temple of Wealth has two features to get to grips with. One is a triggered batch of free spins; the second is the headlining progressive jackpot feature.
The harmoniously balanced Yin & Yang symbol is the scatter symbol, landing on any reel – 3, 4 of 5 of them in view payout 5, 10, or 50 times the stake while simultaneously triggering free spins. Like before, players get to choose the format of the feature, though this time there is 6 choices to mull over. Each one determines how many spins you get and how many mystery symbols are added to the reels. The options are 8, 10, 12 15, or 20 free spins with 48, 38, 28, 18, or 8 mystery symbols respectively.
Heavy on the number 8, which as you probably know if you’ve read a few Asian slot reviews, is the most auspicious number in Chinese culture, meaning fortune, high status, wealth, etc. The 6th option is a lucky dip which assigns a random number of spins and mystery symbols from the available pool.
When mystery symbols appear, they stick to the reels and spread 1 position up or down between spins. Eventually, they cover the full reel before disappearing. Every mystery symbol in view reveals the same pay symbol before wins are evaluated.
Unlike the previous two games in the range, additional free spins cannot be won. That’s possibly a good thing because the next feature, the jackpot, can only be awarded from a paid spin. At any stage during the base game, 1 to 5 reels may randomly become Gold Reels. If you are lucky enough for a wild symbol to land on a Gold Reel, the progressive jackpot feature is awarded and players are guaranteed to win at least one of the prizes.
In this feature, 12 coins cover the screen in a 4×3 formation. Players pick them one by one until three matching jackpot animal symbols are revealed. You’ll find turtles, phoenixes, tigers, or dragons associated to the Mini, Minor, Major, or Grand jackpot.
Temple of Wealth: Verdict
So completes Play’n GO’s trio of Asian themed progressive jackpots. There isn’t a massive difference between them, but they are diverse enough in looks and bonus game to set them apart on a certain level. Math models are more or less similar, and the point of all three is going after the Grand jackpot. Without the progressive bolted on, none would be hugely attractive games to play except for those enamoured by the theme.
Yet they are well made, and the free spins feature is capable of thrills in its own right. Potentially lucrative thrills too since wins of up to 5,000 times the stake are possible. In Temple of Wealth, they aren’t retriggerable though, so you’ll need sticky mystery symbols to land as thickly as Beijing smog to get the most out of them. Mystery symbols appear in a ton of other games, yet the sticky spreading ability is interesting.
To sum up, Temple of Wealth is the most specifically designed slot of the jackpot trio, aimed right at players into this particular look. As with the other two, you will be hard-pressed to find anything overly original in Temple of Wealth, yet, for a well-made jackpot slot offering decent features and potential, it’s not a bad option.