John Grochowski

John Grochowski

Asian-themed games have been rising part of the slot machine mix for a number of years now, and not just because of the rise of gaming in Macau and the Pacific Rim. American players enthusiastically explore the imagery and bonus events.

You can be sure the latest offerings from slot maker will include Asian themes. American Gaming Systems includes four such games in its new Fai Cai Shu family of games.

The initial four Fai Cai Shu games are Emerald Princess, Eastern Dragon, Spring Lion and Tiger Magic. All are high-volatility, Money Tree games linked through the Jackpot Pick progressive. Throughout gameplay on all four, coin symbols accumulate into a Money Tree, creating anticipation and excitement.

The games all are five-reel video slots, with each reel being four symbols deep. Games have 50 paylines and are targeted for penny play with bets of 60, 120, 180, 300 or 600 credits.

**Eastern Dragon: The first game in the Fai Cai Shu family has quickly become a player favorite. In a free games bonus, three or more bonus symbols award 10 free games. Free games can be re-triggered for extra-win potential.

Multiplier wilds add to the excitement when they are randomly triggered during base-game play, causing all wilds to turn into full wild stacks. A three-level linked progressive jackpot creates big win possibilities.

The Jackpot Bonus may be triggered randomly on any base-game spin in which one or more wilds appears. If the bonus is launched, you pick among 12 gold coins until three matching icons have been selected. The match can bring one of the three linked progressive jackpots plus free spins, or simply free spins without the jackpot.

**Emerald Princess: Like Eastern Dragon, Emerald Princess features a three-level progressive and coin accumulation feature for the lucky Money Tree on the top screen. You can win eight free spins when three or more Bonus symbols appear. And the Jackpot Bonus, with progressives as prizes, may be triggered randomly on any base game-spin in which one or more wilds appear.

Not only does the top screen feature the three progressive meters, it also is highlighted by a Money Tree, a symbol of affluence and nobility. The Money Tree accumulates coins whenever a wild spark animation reaches the tree.

**Tiger Magic: Also Asian-themed, Tiger Magic has three primary features – a Multiplier feature, Free Games Bonus, and Jackpot Bonus, as well as having the Money Tree.

The Multiplier feature may be triggered randomly on any base game spin in which one or more Wild Tiger symbols appear. The Multiplier feature will upgrade all Tiger symbols on the screen into 2x, 3x, or 5x Wild Multiplier symbols at random.

Three or more Bonus symbols awards 10 free spins. During the Free Spins, the Wild symbols on the reels will appear as Wild Multiplier symbols. The Wild Multiplier values are randomly assigned for each free spin.

**Spring Lion: The mighty Lion is the highest-paying symbol, along with other symbols associated with Chinese festivals and celebrations such as drums, red packets, lanterns, and oranges.

During base-game play, three or more Spring Lion symbols award 10 Free Games, and the Jackpot Bonus may be triggered randomly on any base-game spin in which one or more Wild Spring Lion symbols appear.

Spring Lion also has the Multiplier feature as seen in Wild Tiger, Free Games Bonus, and Jackpot Bonus as well as the Money Tree.

AGS is a rising supplier of table games as well as slot machines. Its slots are available in

Class II and Class III formats.

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