Free Zen Garden slot
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Zen Garden slot gives you a pretty solid clue in the name that you are in for yet another Oriental-themed game. The reels are set against a picturesque background of the Zen (or 'peaceful') Garden in all its magnificence and all the symbols are Oriental items like the snake, dragon and lucky items coiled into tight circular shapes. There is surprisingly no Chinese pipe and cymbals music but the sounds are straight out of another Gamesys slot, Secrets of The Phoenix! So will we find pain or prosperity in this Zen Garden?
Dig beneath the surface
You are given a 5 reel game consisting of 4 rows and 64 pay lines. You only pay 50 coins to play though, and those of you familiar with the Chinese take on fortune will know that their lucky number is 8 - so 8x8 making 64 must be very lucky - we hope! The format is of cascading reels which means that any winning combinations disappear and new symbols drop down from above. All the icons are stacked in any amount of 1, 2, 3 or 4 rows high too. There is no multiplier for consecutive wins though, instead 5 or more will reward you with free spins in the following quantities: 5, 7, 10, 15 or 20 for 5 to 9 consecutive wins respectively.
You do have a watery Wild which expands to cover all the reel below the row it occurs on in the manner of a water fountain, and this will then become a 'sliding Wild' similar to those you can get in Microgaming's Santa's Wild Ride slot, in that it will fall away one row each winning cascade until it disappears from the screen. If no win results it will disappear immediately. This Wild is joint highest-paying icon at 10x stake for 5-of-a-kind along with the Jade Dragon and this goes down to 1x total bet for the lowest symbol. Your highest potential pay is therefore 640x stake for the full grid of Wilds, but of course these would slide down one row at a time for the next 3 cascades thus a win of over 1000x is possible!
Zen free spins
Once triggered by the consecutive 5 winning cascades or more, the free spins will begin. The enhancement is that the meter to retrigger the bonus is still there and this is made far more likely by the fact that you are guaranteed at least one Zen Wild each spin.
Zen Garden slot is a tried and tested format although it's not usual to see cascading reels with as many as 4 rows and 64 pay lines. Naturally this reduces the win awards on this medium-volatility slot with a RTP of 95.41%. There is potential for decent base game and bonus spin hits though with the Wilds and stacked icons and the slot is very easy on the player both aurally and visually. You may prefer the higher volatility of say Netent's Gonzo's Quest or even Monopoly City Spins from Gamesys. All I can say is I certainly enjoyed my rest in the Zen Garden...