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Elk Studios
RTP 96%
Play Elk Studios Slots
Reels 5
Paylines 27
Min bet size 0.20
Max bet size 20
RTP 96.5
Wild symbols Yes
Free spins Yes
Bonus Yes
Jackpot Yes

Chi Slot Review

Released May 2019

The Chi game can be found at casinos offering Elk Studios software. Elk Studios are a small but quickly growing casino software developer primarily focusing on the mobile market. At the present time they only offer slots games. Players should be aware that this software provider includes ‘betting strategies’ as an automated feature. These should be avoided. They offer no mathematical gain to the player and increase the risk of large losses in comparison to your bankroll. As a standard Elk Studios do publish the RTP/House Edge information for their slots games within their game paytable. As such we can say that the House Edge of Chi is 4%.

Chi is made up of 5 reels, each one 3 symbols high (Although the reels have been flipped onto their side). The game uses paylines, with 27 in total, playing from left to right and right to left.

Special Symbols

Wild – The Wild symbol substitutes for all symbols except the Bonus symbol and the Free Spins symbol.

Free Spins – 3 or more of the Free Spins symbols will trigger the feature.

Bonus – 3 or more of the Bonus symbols will trigger the Stairway to Fortune feature.

Bonus Features

Chi - In the bottom left-hand corner of the screen there is a small spinning meter. This spins every time the main reels do and if you can line up all the pieces you will trigger the Chi feature. If you manage this then between 1 and 6 Wilds symbols will be added to the reels in random places. During the Free Spins any Wilds that are generated become sticky for the remainder of the feature.

Mow - - In the bottom right-hand corner of the screen there is a small spinning meter. This spins every time the main reels do and if you can line up all the pieces you will trigger the Mow feature. If you manage this then a random multiplier, between x2 and x5 the bet will be added to any wins. During the Free Spins once you line up the meter all wins will be at x2 the bet. Any subsequent wins on the Mow meter will increase the multiplier by 1, up to a maximum of x5 the bet.

Stairway to Fortune – If you manage to trigger the game’s Bonus feature then you will find Chi at the bottom of a staircase made of clouds that leads up to the Fortune Reels. Each stair has a multiplier and if you do not make it to the Fortune Reel then you will have that added to your bet. When you click on Chi a number will be chosen at random, you will move forward that many spaces. Alternatively the Collect sign can be drawn, which would end the bonus at wherever Chi is. If you make it to the reel then you will spin each reel once, revealing a multiplier. All the multipliers are added together and will be multiplied by the triggering bet.


Chi is another fantastic looking offering from Elk Studios. The game has fun cartoon characters that allow it to play out a bit like a computer game. You get wilds, free spins and a very exciting bonus feature. The house edge is a little higher than we would have hoped for but certainly not unforgivable. However, what we can’t forgive are the “Advanced Betting Strategies that are on offer. The reality is that they offer no advantage over a system of flat betting. In fact, if you increase your bet, you’re more likely to lose money than you are to make any. This is poor practice, and it drags everything positive about the game down. We would be highly critical of any website offering bogus betting strategies so a game developer doing this is even more problematic for us. I would obviously score Chi much more favourably if those “betting strategies” were removed.

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