Free Huolong Valley slot
Huolong Valley free play demo
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Huolong Valley slot will enter Nextgen's oriental games section as you will no doubt have seen by the name, accompanying titles such as Xing Guardian, Emperor's Garden and Eastern Dragon. Your play takes place over a rural drawing of a green mountain valley and the reels are inside a bamboo shack with the inevitable strains of Chinese mandolin music in the background, although the reel stops and win effects are a bit more dramatic. the game is quite a basic one with some big-win potential as we shall see, so will Huolong prove to the valley of death for your bankroll - or not?
Huolong Valley at least gives us the chance of a full line of Wilds as they appear on all 5 reels in the form of an Opera Mask and multiply all wins by 2x. The symbols are all single and I have to say graphically very nice, with no tedious card value letters so plenty of colour here! The Wild will pay you 250x your 20-coin bet on this 20-line game and there are also Fan scatters which don't trigger the feature but award cash prizes, a nice 200x if you see all five in view. there is quite a drop to the normal icons, Blue Dragon 15x bet (300 coins), Panda or Swan 250, Goldfish 200, Green Dragon 8 150, Blue Dragon 8 120, Red or Yellow Dragon 8 at 100 and finally the lowly Purple Dragon 8 at 60 for a full 5-of-a-kind win.
No oriental-themed slot would be complete without a lantern and indeed we see a spectacular orange, red and yellow Bonus Lantern on all 5 reels. You only need 3 in view anywhere to trigger the potentially rewarding free spins round which can be retriggered too. Once you begin there is a choice of 6 Lanterns to pick and it will reveal between 4 and 7 spins. Coins will then drop from it and you pick one to reveal a multiplier of between 3 and 6x. The retrigger will simply repeat your existing combination. Now 5 Wilds or Scatters could now turn into substantial 1000x bet plus wins here - if you're very fortunate!
Huolong Valley slot is excellent graphically, with nicely designed symbols and animations and the sound effects go well with the theme so aesthetically we have a good game, made even better by a large 96.99% RTP figure. The free games bonus has some very big potential rewards so what have I got to complain about here? Well, there is one excruciatingly annoying characteristic of Huolong Valley - the 'heartstopper' spin whereby you see on most slots a slowing-down of the reels when 2 scatters of the necessary 3 have appeared anywhere up to the first 4 reels is activated here on just ONE scatter! This means about half the spins will slow down and it's so annoying that I wonder if there is an error in programming, i.e. the code should activate it after "any-any reels 1-4" and the first 'any' has been omitted. Quite simply because of this I shall not be descending into this valley with my money again...