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Chinese New Year slot review

Added by Play'n GO. Information last updated: 01/03/2021

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- (0)

Expert rating:

3 (1)

Game information

Game supplier: Play'n GO

Release date:04/2014



Max. win:bet x 22725

Mobile version:Yes

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Expert's review Trystan Michielsen

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Chinese New Year is a Play ‘n GO slot that takes the popular concept of this special day and makes an entertaining slot of it! Including Wilds, Free Spins, a Bonus Game and a large number of animals this game is quite a party.

The Chinese New Year is a rather popular event that is used by a lot of different developers. Play ‘n GO decided to make their own interpretation of the concept and released it in 2014. The special take is that they don’t focus as much on the actual day, but more on the idea of the animals that are represented in different years as part of the Chinese calendar.

Because of this, all the symbols on the 5-reel, 3-row playing field are based on different animals that make up the Chinese calendar. These are drawn in a cartoony style that I liked a lot. The symbols are sharp and detailed, but only a few are animated in subtle ways without being a part of one of the 15 paylines. The background shows what seems to be a street decorated for Chinese New Year but plays no part in the rest of the game.

I did want to mention the options part of the slot, which looked very out of place and downright ugly. It’s a shame because the presentation of the rest of the game is actually quite solid. They just use some really ugly colours and strange fonts that don’t fit the general theme.

The music has some oriental tones but doesn’t really come across as a caricature of Chinese music. Instead, it just plays a calm and generic song that would fit in slots based around other themes as well.


All the symbols in the game are based on the animals in the Chinese calendar. They are all drawn by hand in the same style which I thought worked well. Most of the symbols have small animations when they’re part of a win line but only the Scatter and Wild symbols are always animated, even when only a single one shows up.

Looking at the symbols from highest to lowest, they are:

  • Dragon (Scatter): Get 3 Dragons to trigger the Bonus Game.
  • Monkey (Free Spins): Get 3 monkeys to activate the Free Spins mode.
  • Tiger (Wild): Wilds substitute all other symbols in the game except the Free Spins and Scatter Symbols. Max. 5,000x your bet with five-of-a-kind on the screen.
  • Rat: Max. 1,000x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Ox: Max. 750x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Rabbit: Max. 500x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Snake: Max. 500x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Horse: Max. 150x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Goat: Max. 150x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Rooster: Max. 100x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Dog: Max. 100x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Pig: Max. 100x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.

Something to note is that all high-paying symbols, up to the Snake, already pay out when there is only a two-of-a-kind on a winning payline. This helped somewhat in facilitating wins although it did not occur often in my experience. The Medium Volatility did shine through this way, as wins were rather frequent but often did not pay out enough to really compensate for a lot of spins.


Chinese New Year comes with a selection of features that aren’t terribly original but do feel like they add some character to the slot.

  • Wilds: Wilds substitute all other symbols in the game except the Scatter and Free Spins symbols.
  • Bonus Game: Get 3 Dragon Symbols on the screen to activate the Bonus Game. Player shoot up to 5 rockets to receive a coin win up to 150x their bet.
  • Free Spins: Free Spins are granted when the player gets 3 Monkey symbols on the screen.
  • Random Scatter: During the Free Spins mode, a random symbol is chosen as an extra Scatter symbol.

The base game felt like an in-between part of the slot where the player is just trying to get into either the bonus game or the Free Spins mode. There are no special features active here except for the Wilds, which are also present during the Free Spins mode. There are no other features that make it possible to get any big wins here. The player has a better shot at big wins during the Free Spins mode.

With 3 Monkeys on the screen, the bonus game starts. Here, we are shown a skyline of a city with 5 rockets ready to fire. The player picks a rocket which shoots fireworks over the city and grants the player a coin win. This can continue as long as the rocket doesn’t immediately explode. When it does, the bonus game is over and the player receives the total coins won.

I thought this bonus game was quick and fun but also rare. It only triggered twice during my time playing and I played for more than an hour. The max. win for this bonus game is up to 150x the total bet according to the paytable.

The Free Spins mode is the last part of the game I want to discuss. This triggered a little more often than the bonus game, even though it was still pretty rare. When it starts, the game shows a big wheel with all the different animal symbols on it. A monkey appears and turns the wheel to determine the random scatter symbol for that free spins mode.

The random scatter symbol acts as a scatter during the mode, counting as a win whenever there are 2 or more symbols on the screen. This can create big wins since a lot of times that symbol will appear stacked as well. I found the free spins mode to easily be the most rewarding part of the game.

In Conclusion

Chinese New Year is a game that gives players something nice to look at while playing as a standard slot. The features are familiar and play out as you would expect them. There are animations and a suitable soundtrack without distracting from the core gameplay.

The slot also offers a massive max. win of 22,725x your bet but that felt like something so unlikely to happen that you shouldn’t really hope for it. Nonetheless, it might be a good incentive for players that are very driven by hitting the jackpot.

Players that enjoy innovative or classic slots probably won’t find this slot to resonate with them. The gameplay is pretty standard and the features are disruptive enough to detract from the base game. If you’re someone who enjoys a casual slot with enough features to keep it interesting, I would recommend this slot!

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    RTP (Return to Player):96.65%


    Max. win:bet x 22725

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    You can play Chinese New Year in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 30 other languages.

    All supported languages:
    English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Greek, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Turkish, Ukrainian, Slovene, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Malay, Chinese


    Chinese New Year supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD


    Release date 04/2014
    185th newest on Play'n GO 1,096th newest on Bojoko
    RTP 96.65% 0.61% > average
    22nd highest on Play'n GO 168th highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 22725 x your bet
    24th highest on Play'n GO 168th highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 15 25% < average
    97th highest on Play'n GO 846th highest on Bojoko
    Min bet £0.01 per spin
    The lowest on Play'n GO The lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet £75 per spin
    186th highest on Play'n GO 881st highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    17th most rated on Play'n GO 38th most rated on Bojoko
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    Expert's profile


    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.

    When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.

    Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.

    Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.

    A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.

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    Game supplier:Play'n GO

    Release date:04/2014

    RTP (Return to player):96.65%

    Max. win:bet x 22725

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Expert rating: 3

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