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The Great 88 slots game is produced by BetSoft. BetSoft are one of the smaller slot development companies on the market at the moment and have recently started offering their own casino platform. The company was founded in 2006, entering the slots market 4 years later. Betsoft do publish the Return to Player (RTP)/House Edge information for their slots games within the game help files. As such we know that the house edge for Great 88 is 5.7%.
The Great 88 game has 5 reels and each reel is 3 symbols high. The game uses traditional paylines, 30 in total, playing from left to right.
Wild – The Wild symbol is the “Fire Crackers”. The “Fire Crackers” symbol will substitute for all symbols other than the Lucky Boxes. They are also the most valuable symbols in the game. 3 will pay out 88 times the bet. 4 will pay out 888 times the bet and 5 will pay out 8888 times the bet.
Lucky Boxes – 3 or more Lucky Boxes revealed on the reels will reveal their contents. You have the chance to reveal Top Symbols, Instant Wins, Firecracker Wilds, Free Spins or the Bonus Wheel, all of which will be explained below.
Here is an explanation of what the Lucky Boxes can reveal:
Top Symbols – Lucky Boxes can contain either of the top paying symbols; either Dragon or Lion symbols.
Instant Wins – Each Lucky Box may contain between 1 and 3 Bronze Coins. You win your bet back, multiplied by the total number of Bronze Coins. You can win anything between x3 and x15 your bet depending on how many lucky boxes you land and how many bronze coins each one has.
Firecracker Wilds – Each Lucky Box may contain a Firecracker Wild. When they are revealed they will explode and 1 to 2 other wild symbols will be added along with them.
Free Spins – Each Lucky Box may contain between 1 and 3 Jade Coins. Each Jade Coin gains you 1 Free Spin, meaning you can win between 3 and 25 Free Spins.
Bonus Wheel – Each “Golden Dumpling” that you find inside a Lucky Box will gain you a spin on the Bonus Wheel. Each spin of the Bonus Wheel can win you 8 Free Spins, x5 your total bet, x10 your total bet, x 20 your total bet or a spin of the Mega Wheel.
Mega Wheel – If you trigger the Mega Wheel you can win a Mini Mega Win, which is x100 your total bet; a Big Mega Win, which is x750 your total bet; or a Giant Mega Win, which is x6000 your total bet.
Double Up – After any win you can risk what you have earned by pressing the Double Up button. You bet half or all of your winnings and will win or lose based on the toss of a coin. You can attempt to double up as often as you like, until you lose.
This Asian inspired game looks fantastic. There is a temple in the background, lit up by lanterns, alongside cherry blossoms and a pond topped with lily pads. The symbols match the theme and are well drawn, with some interesting details in there too. In this game everything worth mentioning comes through the inclusion of the Lucky Boxes. Every time you land 3 of them there is a whole host of possibilities. Everything from Free Spins to instant prizes, some of which, if you can get extremely lucky will pay out very well indeed. Despite all that praise Great 88 does not offer good value for money. With a house edge of nearly 6% no amount of fun features or exquisite backdrops are going to make this game a true winner.