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Journey to the West slot review

Added by Evoplay Entertainment. Information last updated: 01/03/2021

User rating:

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Tester rating:

3.3 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:Evoplay Entertainment

Release date:12/2016

RTP:95%

Volatility:Low

Max. win:bet x 835

Mobile version:Support all devices

Highlights

Multiplier

Freespins

Scatter symbols

Sticky wilds

Stacked wilds

Themes

Orient

Adventure & action

Fairy tales & fantasy

Nature & animals

3D

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RTP (Return to player):
95%
Volatility:
Low
Max. win:
bet x 835

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
38
Evoplay Entertainment score (compared to other slots of supplier)
58
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Slot tester's review Trystan Michielsen

Slot tested

Journey To The West is another slot made by Evoplay Entertainment based on the Chinese myth of the Monkey King. The slot comes with animated symbols, stacked wilds and sticky wilds.

Developed by Evoplay Entertainment and released in 2016, Journey To The West takes its inspiration from a classic tale surrounding the famous Monkey King as he travels to the west to obtain sacred texts. The original story was written in the 16th century and continues to be a popular piece of fiction in many Asian cultures.

The slot took this story as its inspiration in not only the design of the slot but also several of the features. I found the art to be quite beautiful, with a grand view of a lake by some waterfalls as the Monkey King stands ready to duel an opponent. The 5-reel, 3-row playing field is largely transparent allowing the player to see the background in all its glory.

There are a total of 30 betlines in this slot, which combined with the modest number of symbols results in a Low Volatility. The symbols are all animated, some are characters that make some move, the rest are card symbols that simply spin around. Still, I found the movement to fit the energetic vibe of the game.

The music is based on classic Asian instruments but with a bombastic feel to it, sounding as if it was recorded by a complete orchestra. The spinning of the reels sounds like there is someone spinning a weapon while wins only trigger a short blip. All in all, the music helped in affirming the epic feel of the story while still being quite original.

Symbols

The game has a series of symbols, some of which are based on characters and objects from the story while the rest are card symbols. For those that know my reviews, I don’t particularly like these card symbols since they very rarely fit the theme. That is the case here too, but at least the developers put some effort into making them look suitably extravagant for the theme of the slot.

From highest to lowest, the symbols are:

  • Wild: Wilds substitute all other symbols in the game. When there are 3 Wilds on the screen, the Free Spins mode triggers.
  • Monkey King: Max. 45x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Blue Monk: Max. 15x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Pigman: Max. 10x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Stick: Max. 10x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Ace: Max. 4.5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • King: Max. 4.5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Queen: Max. 2.4x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Jack: Max. 2.4x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • 10: Max. 2.4x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.

The Monkey King is the highest paying symbol in the game, and it also pays out if there are only 2 on a winning betline. Except for the Blue Monk, all other symbols don’t pay back the bet amount when you get three-of-a-kind. You require at least 4 to win your money back, and even that is not enough with the Queen, Jack and 10.

As mentioned before, this has to do with the low volatility which asserts that you will win regularly and often more than 1 payline at a time. In my experience, that happens frequently but not all the time which resulted in a slow decline of my funds.

Features

Journey To The West keeps its features quite humble. Players can largely sit back and relax and there won’t be much demanded of them. The only things they have to do is spin the reels and select a bonus feature during the free spins mode.

The features are:

  • Wilds: Wilds in this slot substitute all other symbols. They also act as scatters that trigger the Free Spins mode if there are 3 on the screen at the same time.
  • Free Spins: The Free Spins mode triggers with 3 Free Spins. Before this mode starts the player gets to pick 1 of 3 bonuses.
  • Multiplier: The Free Spins mode can start with a 5x multiplier for all wins during the Free Spins mode.
  • Expanding Wild: During the Free Spins mode, each spin can add Wilds that expand to fill an entire reel.
  • Sticky Wild: While in the Free Spins mode, all Wilds that appear become Sticky for the remaining free spins.

The features are split between the base game and the free spins mode, as the three main features don’t appear during the normal gameplay. That means that the base gameplay mostly consists of simply spinning and seeing any wins come by. The Wilds show up pretty regularly, enough to grant some smaller wins but in my experience not enough to be a net bonus.

The free spins mode triggered quite often while I played, and the added effect of having the Wilds act as scatters did also help in getting wins. Before the free spins mode started I would get to pick one of the 3 features: a 5x multiplier, the expanding wilds or the sticky wilds. I found that the two Wilds features were the most beneficial as the 5x multiplier was very dependent on getting a big win to be worth it, while the two Wild features helped in getting wins.

The game is rather simple even with the different features and it felt like a slot meant for the casual player that enjoys a pretty-looking slot with a classic play experience.

In Conclusion

Players that are looking for beautiful graphics while not being overwhelmed by multiple features will probably enjoy Journey To The West. The game offers a modern experience while keeping the gameplay close to the original slots.

Players have the ability to pick a bet between £0.10 and £500 which is quite a large scope. Meanwhile, the max. win is only 835x your bet which is low but fits the volatility. If you keep a close eye on your funds you shouldn’t get any big surprises while playing this slot.

If you’re a player who enjoys the more experimental games, Journey To The West probably won’t scratch that itch. Its gameplay is very much a standard experience.

Overall rating:

3.3

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  • Features

    Wins and bets

    RTP (Return to Player):95%

    Volatility:Low

    Max. win:bet x 835

    Min. bet:£0.1

    Max. bet:£500

    Progressive jackpot:

    Reels & playlines

    Reels:5

    Rows:3

    Non-standard layout:

    Max. lines:30

    Min. lines:30

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    Languages

    You can play Journey to the West in English, Chinese

    Currencies

    Journey to the West supports GBP, EUR, RUB, USD

    Stats

    Release date 12/2016
    43rd newest on Evoplay Entertainment 1,796th newest on Bojoko
    RTP 95% 0.85% < average
    34th highest on Evoplay Entertainment 2,103rd highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 835 x your bet
    40th highest on Evoplay Entertainment 1,878th highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 30 50% > average
    11th highest on Evoplay Entertainment 704th highest on Bojoko
    Min bet £0.1 per spin
    The lowest on Evoplay Entertainment 503rd lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet £500 per spin
    2nd highest on Evoplay Entertainment 65th highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    3rd most rated on Evoplay Entertainment 39th most rated on Bojoko
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    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:Evoplay Entertainment

    Release date:12/2016

    RTP (Return to player):95%

    Max. win:bet x 835

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Tester rating: 3.3

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