Produced by Bally Technologies, 88 Fortunes is one of many Asian-themed games the longstanding slot maker has brought to the floor of brick and mortar casinos. Complete with symbolism, sounds, and graphics that look to have come straight from the Orient, this game is perfect for anyone who has even the faintest interest in Asian or Chinese-themed slot games.
88 Fortunes is a wildly popular game and has been for quite some time. As such, you can find it in both high limit and low limit varieties on the floors of brick and mortar casinos. What’s more, the game is also available for both free and real money play online.
Volatility of 88 Fortunes
Though the return to player (RTP) sits above 96% for 88 Fortunes, it does not escape being labeled as a highly volatile game. Sure, a player may be able to win a seemingly innumerable quantity of small line hits, but the frequency with which players win big in regular gameplay is not very high. With that being said, this is not only a jackpot slot, but a jackpot slot that offers a bonus round that, if triggered, can really make you understand why the game is called 88 “Fortunes.” Three to five scattered, adjacent Gong symbols are your key to the bonus round.
There are some valuable line and symbol combinations that can hit during standard gameplay, but if you are expecting to walk away from 88 Fortunes with more money than you arrived with, you may be sadly disappointed. Without triggering a free spins bonus and/or without hitting one of the four jackpots, this game can burn a bankroll in a hurry.
Variations of 88 Fortunes
As for variations, or other versions, of 88 Fortunes, they do not exist. What we can say is that the online version of the game differs ever so slightly from the game you will find on the floors of brick and mortar casinos. The differences have nothing to do with the gameplay of 88 Fortunes, but rather the graphics and sounds. For most people, these differences will hardly even be noticeable.
Symbols and Paytables in 88 Fortunes
In all, there are four different categories of symbols to go along with 243 paylines. The general rule of thumb with 88 Fortunes is that the more gold symbols on the board, the more likely a payout will be, and a decent payout at that. The symbols you will encounter in this game will be briefly touched upon below:
Gong—The Gong is, by far, the most valuable symbol in the game.
Golden Bird—The Golden Bird is still highly valuable, even if significantly less so than the Gong symbol.
Golden Ship/Golden Turtle—The Golden Ship and Golden Turtle are the second-most valuable symbols in the game, albeit only about half as valuable as the Golden Bird.
Golden Chinese Ingots/Golden Chinese Coin—The Golden Coin and Ingot symbols are the least valuable golden symbols in the game.
A/K/Q/J/10/9—As is the case with most slot games, the card-ranking symbols are the least valuable.
88 Fortunes Slot Bonuses
The Gong symbol is not only the most valuable in the game, it is your key to triggering the free spins bonus. Gongs appear on every reel and when you land three, four, or five Gong symbols in scattered positions on adjacent reels (starting with the leftmost) you will be awarded 10 free games. During the free games, your potential winnings are boosted from the start thanks to the A, K, Q, J, 10, and 9 symbols being removed and replaced with more valuable symbols.
Another feature of 88 Fortunes is the existence of the Fu Bat Jackpot, of which there are four (mini, minor, major, grand). The awarding of the Fu Bat Jackpot is as much determined by the player as it is the game. If one or more Fu Bat Symbols (Golden Chinese character with an ornate red border) appears on reels two, three, or four, players can be awarded a bonus. Though the player is guaranteed one of the jackpots, it will be up to them to determine which one is won. Once the Fu Bat Jackpot is recognized, the screen will shift so that there are 12 golden coins on the screen. Players will then click coins, unveiling one of the four jackpots. Once three of the uncovered coins unveil the same jackpot, that amount is awarded to the player and standard gameplay resumes.
How 88 Fortunes Bonus Round Works
When three or more Gong symbols appear from the leftmost reel, the free games bonus is triggered. Players will have a chance to play 10 free games, all of which are played on special, different reels. As was mentioned above, the lowest-paying symbols are removed from the free games bonus, meaning your chances of winning big in the bonus round improves right from the start.
In case you were wondering, the Fu Bat symbols are present during the free games bonus and you can be awarded a jackpot that stems from a free game.
88 Fortunes Bonus Round Retrigger
The free games bonus can be retriggered by way of three or more Gong symbols appearing scattered from the leftmost reel rightward. The 10 free games are then added to the remainder of the bonus games that have already been awarded.
Play 88 Fortunes Slots Online
88 Fortunes is a wildly popular game that is available at brick and mortar casinos as well as for real money play online. Unlike what you will see with other titles, the online version of 88 Fortunes functions exactly the same as its brick and mortar counterpart. There will be slight sounds and graphics changes, but if you are familiar with the game from live play on the floor of a casino, there will be no learning curve whatsoever for the online version.