Silk Road slot review
Ah, now this is what I like to see in an online slots title... a bit of history! Established land-based and online slots firm Aristocrat are tackling the historical Silk Road in this slot that is based on the trade route that connected the East and West of Asia to enable cultural transmission over hundreds of years.
On the Reels...
Silk Road is a 5 reel, 243 ways to win slot that utilizes Aristocrat's Reel Power feature. This structure to the reels means that you are looking to hit matching symbols on adjacent columns from the left to the right rather than looking to hit matching symbols on the same pay-lines to trigger wins.
Symbols on the reels are obviously influenced by the historical trade route with wine, Oriental artefacts, a trading post, a trade ship, and the regular 9-through-to-Ace symbols filling up the reels on this slot. The roll of silk acts as the Wild and substitutes for all other symbols, except for the Scatters, to complete winning combinations. It does only appear on reels 2 and 4.
Earn at least 10 Free Spins
The golden moth ornament represents the Scatters and these will trigger the free spins bonus round if you manage to hit three or more of these symbols across the reels. The number of free spins you will be awarded depends on how many Scatters trigger the free spins. If you hit three Scatters then you will earn 10 free spins, if you hit four Scatters you will win 15 free spins, and if you hit five Scatters you will be rewarded with 20 free spins. The free spins can also be re-triggered during the free spins bonus round if you hit three or more Scatters on a free spin.
You Can Earn a 15x Multiplier Too!
The Wild has an extra role to play during the free spins. If you hit a winning combination that includes a Wild on reel 2 then your win will be boosted by a 3x multiplier. If you hit a winning combination that includes a Wild on reel 4 then you will receive a 5x multiplier. If you are lucky enough to hit a winning combination including Wilds on reels 2 and 4 simultaneously then your win will have a 15x multiplier added to it.
Silk Road was a big game for Aristocrat on the casino floors. It is up there with the likes of the fish frenzy slot Let's Go Fish'n and the epic Pompeii slot in terms of entertainment. Online conversions of land-based slots can often fall short when they are released online and even though Silk Road did not take my breath away I still found it a game worth my time and the role of the Wilds during the free spins is enough to keep you coming back for more.