ELK Studio’s Chi uses horizontal reels, making it very well suited to one-handed mobile fun.
Paylines work with a ‘both ways’ rule, meaning more ways to turn spins into three-of-a-kind and four-of-a-kind wins.
Two sets or mini-reels spin on every spin of the main reels, to add chances of Random Wilds and multipliers to every game.
ELK Studios have previously tickled our players’ tastes for distinctive Chinese themed slots with its Hong Kong Tower. Now it goes for a more pastoral take on Chinese culture with its Chi Slot. And with it explores a novel way to make a five reel slot work very elegantly on hand held mobile devices.
Chi’s presentation is immediately striking, not only for the beautiful, calm atmosphere but also from the turning of its five reels through ninety degrees. This means they spin horizontally, rather than vertically and the game’s twenty-seven pay-lines trace paths vertically rather than horizontally. It’s a simple, yet arresting idea that means this slot really works very nicely if you’re playing one-handed on a mobile handset in the usual ‘portrait’ orientation. It’s also worth noting that Chi uses a ‘both ways’ rule for its pay-lines, so wins can start from the top or bottom reel making more chances of landing three-of-a-kind or four-of-a-kind wins!
Assisting your winning ways on Chi’s reels, are two mini-reels either side of the main set. The left-hand column of three reels is dedicated to Chi the fire spirit, and landing three non-blank symbol after any base game spin will gift you between one and six Random Wilds on the main reels. Alternatively the right-hand column, dedicated to Mow the wind sprit, can land a result that can dial in a x2 to x5 multiplier to boost any win landing on the main reels’ pay-lines.
BONUS GAME FEATURES
Riding amongst the paying symbols on Chi’s main reels are two types of Scatter to watch for as bringers of bonus joy. Three or more Free Spin Scatters in view is your invitation into a free ride, with 10, 15 or 20 free spins awarded in relation to the number of Scatters that trigger the feature. Boosting this bonus you’ll find any Random Wilds you earn from the mini Chi reels during free spins are Sticky for all remaining free games, whilst the multiplier gifts of the Mow reel also stick, escalating from x2 up to x5 each time Mow’s reel lands its ‘win’.
The other Scatter that matters is the Bonus Scatter and three of these in view take you into the Stairway to Fortune bonus game. This is a prize ladder game, where seventeen potential steps along the Stairway of increasing multipliers can get you to the game’s Fortune Tower. Arriving there is an invitation to enjoy one spin of each of the Tower’s five reels to boost your fortune to even more heavenly returns!
Chi is really rather beautiful, and the sheer simplicity of rotating its reels into a vertical tower is a nifty idea that should make this game a winner with any player that fancies a very tasty Chinese-themed slot to tuck into on the go!