Huangdi - The Yellow Emperor Slots is a magnificent paean to the most ancient of the five legendary emperors, offering up a fully-researched, historically-accurate yet highly inventive 25 line adventure.
The Yellow Emperor was a culture hero par extraordinaire, whose impact is hard to overestimate: When he wasn’t civilizing the earth and passing on endless reams of knowledge he was inventing armour, weapons, ships, writing, the compass, coined money – and also the wheel.
We’ve yet to hear of anyone who’s racked up a more impressive series of credits (barring the last three leaders of North Korea), so it’s only right and proper that someone developed a decent slot bearing Huangidi’s name – and Microgaming’s production does just that.
Unlike most Eastern-themed slots, this one doesn’t rely on the usual clichés: There are no Geishas, tacky lanterns or fans – instead the symbolism and theming are built around Huangdi himself, and given his achievements this makes a great deal of sense.
The higher value symbols include medicine boxes, swords, instruments, a stunning animated dragon and – of course – Huangdi himself, and they all combine to tell the story of the battle of Zhuolou.
For some designers such a fiery thematic narrative would be a great excuse to use a seriously over-the-top set of visuals, but a suitable level for restraint has been used here.
It’s still colourful, though – but it doesn’t use any of the migraine-inducing primaries that other Oriental games like to employ, and the score has been properly thought-out: Think Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon rather than Jackie Chan, and you’ll get the idea.
The gameplay, thankfully, is as upmarket as the sounds and visuals. There are both stacked and expanding symbols to help you win, and you can win up to 60,000 in a free spins round that yields 15 free games, that can be retriggered to give you a total of 30.
Huangdi: Yellow Emperor is on offer at LeoVegas
, who will give you up to £1,500 in bonus cash to try it with!