Detailed Review of Popular ‘Bag Game’ Slots from Aristocrat
Fu Dai Lian Lian is a range of slots from Aristocrat Gaming with a dynamic Asian theme. They are known as ‘Bag Game Slots’ by slots vloggers and on casino floors.
These games are focused on three interlinking bonus features. These are triggered when a colored bag of coins spins around on top of the reels. There are three bags, each time you hit a wild, a bolt of light shoots up which may trigger the bag to spin.
Your biggest wins will come when you trigger two or even all three bags at the same time. The ‘Super Feature’ gives you nudging wilds, expanded reels, the chance to extend your free spins and access to the jackpots all at the same time.
The three games in the Fu Dai Lian Lian series are Panda, Dragon and Tiger Boost variations. For this review, I have focused on the Panda version.
Bag Game Slots: How Fu Dai Lian Lian Works
This game features fifty win-lines across the 5x4 reel set up. At the 1x bet level, you pay 88 credits to play. This number increases to 880 credits if you play the maximum 10x bet level. Eights are a lucky number in China and Japan, hence the 88 credits.
Game play straightforward in the base game (the action comes via the three features). Symbols are a mix of different fruits, mini trees, flowers, and birds, all joining the Panda from the title. Making up the rest of the symbols are the playing card fillers from 9 through to Ace.
Bonus Features are Triggered by the Bags
Coins that land on the reels and are the key to triggering the bonus features. These coins act as wilds – replacing any of the regular symbols for extra winning chances. They also move towards the three bags above the reels.
Bags are titled ‘Prosperity’. ‘Jackpot’ and ‘Longevity’. Occasionally a coin moving towards one of the bags will activate that bag (you’ll know as the bag will begin to glow, then spin around). Here are the potential rewards for each of the three bags:
You are awarded an immediate 5 free games and the reels expand to show six symbols (instead of the usual four) on each. The number of win-lines increases from 50 to 100. In another boost, any time a stacked wild symbol appears on a reel, it will nudge the stack so the whole reel is now wild. Expect some huge wins if those wild reels line up.
There are four jackpots in this game, the Grand, the Major, the Minor and the Mini. The two highest pays are progressive, with the Minor and Mini offering fixed prizes based on the size of your stake. In this feature you’ll find the wild symbols will each contain a letter. These letters relate to the jackpot names. For example, to land the Grand jackpot, you need to hit the letters G-R-A-N-D. You have 10 spins to give you the best opportunity to land a jackpot. Other coins offer cash amounts, for example ‘888 coins’.
The third bonus feature sees you starting off with an initial 5 free spins. Any time a wild lands, it could add extra spins to the total or an instant credit win. In addition, any time you win in this feature could see you awarded a multiplier of 2x, 3x or 5x.
Combining Bonus Features: The Bag Game Super-Feature
Another joy of this game is that you can land more than one of the features at the same time. This can be any two from three. For example, you could land the Prosperity + Jackpot Super Feature. The Ultimate Mega Feature is yours if you activate all three at the same time.
Retriggers are available during the bonus features. These will stack. You finish your current bonus, then start the next one.
Different Versions of Fu Dai Lian Lian Slots
The Dragon version of the game plays out in virtually the same way as the Panda version. Obviously, the Dragon replaces the Panda on the reels and the game has a different colour scheme. But apart from that, the game play is very similar.
In the ‘Boost’ version of the game, the bags will eventually become full of coins. Full enough, that is, to illuminate the boost lights. This will see any of the bonuses enhanced even further than you would usually be awarded. For example, with the boost enabled, you can expect 5x multipliers every time you enter the longevity feature.
There are already new games ‘influenced’ by this bonus system appearing on casino floors from other slot software providers. Check back soon for my reviews.
Bags of Animations: Fu Dai Lian Lian Design
Fu Dai Lian Lian slots have that exquisite design that lends itself perfectly to Asian themed games. The reels play within a golden frame and the themed symbols each sit within their own box, adding colour to the reels. The golden coins which play such a major part in the game, become animated as they fly towards the bags. Listen for the fresh Asian-influenced soundtrack that plays while you spin.
With three different formats, the design of each does differ, but you will still have the familiar bags flowing with gold on all games. The progressive jackpots sit at the top of the main game screen, catching your eye as you pass them in the casino.
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