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The slots developer Microgaming was first out of the blocks in 2015 with the release of a Chinese New Year-themed title called Gung Pow. Clearly, Microgaming are thinking ahead with the Chinese New Year not due until 19th February! I can only assume the name of this slot is a play on the 2002 US martial arts comedy movie entitled Kung Pow! Enter the Fist! I am purely speculating mind!
Gung Pow is a 5 reel, 243 ways to win slot and after the disappointing reception Microgaming had for its highly-anticipated Game of Thrones slot it will be keen to see slots player across the globe react more positively to their debut slot of 2015.
The reels are packed with Chinese New Year-related symbols including fireworks, lanterns, fire crackers, gold coins, sparklers, and your standard 9-through-to-Ace symbols. The reels are set against a red backdrop with the colour red being deemed lucky in Chinese culture. Those of you that have previously played Lucky 88 by Aristocrat will feel at home here with the red colour scheme. This slot just lacks the presence of the number 8!
The Gung Pow Logo acts as the Wild and this symbol can substitute for all other symbols, except for the Scatters, to complete winning combinations and help deliver you with some lovely-sized pay outs.
The Scatters are represented by the gold coins and these are also the symbols you want to be hitting to trigger the free spins bonus round. You will need to hit three or more of these symbols across the reels to trigger the free spins and you will be awarded 15 free spins if you manage to do so. There is also a 3x multiplier attached to any wins triggered during the free spins.
Gung Pow is a slot that has a bit of zest about it that has been lacking in Microgaming slots in previous releases leading up to this slot's release. The potential 90,000 coin jackpot win is something that makes playing this slot worthwhile despite the lack of a bonus feature beyond the free spins and the whole celebratory feel of New Year translates well to the game so you will feel the excitement on every spin. It's not the best Chinese-themed slot out there. I would have to say that accolade goes to Playtech's impressive Wu Long slot but this is not a bad slot at all. Is this Microgaming finding its feet once again by going back to basics?