Resorts Casino Celebrates Year of the Rabbit
Resorts Casino’s five-star rating goes to Monopoly Lunar New Year.
Since the celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year began on Sunday with the start of the Year of the Rabbit, it seems fitting to look at Monopoly Lunar New Year from SG Digital, which is one of the featured attractions at the Resorts online casino in New Jersey (INSERT LINK PLEASE).
Slot games on the Resorts site are rated by players, displaying from one to five stars beneath the game logo on the site’s lobby. It is rare that a game gets the full five stars. This one did. Aside from the tie-in to the legendary Monopoly board game—there is an extensive franchise of Monopoly games available from SG Digital’s parent company, Light & Wonder—there’s simply a lot going on in this feature-rich game, which blends the famous board game with Asian culture.
In fact, to enjoy everything this game has to offer, it’s best to click on the demo button and play it for free for a while first. You can do that on any slot game offered by Resorts.
More Spins, More Wins
The game starts out as a 243-ways-to-win format on a three-by-five screen (three rows of symbols, five reels). That means there are no paylines; wins are registered through adjacent symbols. The three-row setup resulting in 243 ways to win on each spin can expand, as we’ll see later.
There are four progressive jackpot levels. The amounts of those progressives—Mini, Minor, Major and Grand—depends on the amount you wager. Since eight is the lucky number in Asia instead of seven, all wagers end with an eight.
As you raise your bet using the coin symbol on the right of the screen, you can watch the progressive levels rise. If you’re betting 88 cents a spin, for instance, the top Grand jackpot starts at $1,600. Bet the maximum $15.88, and that Grand resets at $30,000.
Pays are made up of J-A royals worth up to 1 to 1.5 times your stake, and goody baskets, pigs, gifts, tea sets, archways, and Mr. Monopoly, which pays out 1.5 to 7.5 times the bet. Wild symbols appear on each of the middle reels.
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Several Bonus Features Add to Fun
There are several bonus features in this game, and they are triggered in a unique manner. There are four different “Lunar Chests”—chests of gold coins—that float across the top of the screen while the reels are spinning. At the end of each spin, the chests settle atop the first, third and fifth reels. The chests display multipliers up to 188X, “Free Spins,” “Expanding Reels” or “Jackpot.”
When a crescent moon symbol lands on the first, third or fifth reel, the player is awarded the feature displayed by the chest atop that reel. If the chest displays a multiplier, the win is that number multiplied by the total bet.
When Lunar Chest Free Spins are triggered, the player is awarded eight free games. The Expanding Reels chest awards the same number of free spins, with the reel set expanding to a different array before each spin.
With each expansion comes more ways to win. When the array expands to four rows, there are 1,024 ways to win. Five rows mean 3,125 ways to win, and the maximum six rows yield a remarkable 7,776 ways to win on the spin.
In either free-spin feature, a Lunar Coin symbol awards one or two extra free spins, up to a maximum of 50 free games.
If the Jackpot chest lands above a crescent moon, the game launches into a jackpot picking event that can result in multiple progressive prizes. This is where the classic Monopoly board comes in—or at least, the property groups from the board. Fifteen cards are displayed, and the player begins to pick.
Four Different Types of Jackpots
All the jackpots are displayed at the left of the screen, each with four spots for property cards. As in the famous board game, the colors of the property cards relate to the value of the prize. Each pick reveals one or two property cards, or “Upgrade” cards. Property cards float over to the corresponding jackpot, and when all four spots are filled, that jackpot is awarded. Because two cards can be uncovered at a time, it is possible to win more than one jackpot in the feature.
There are four different property groups that correspond to the different jackpots:
- Green and blue properties award the Grand jackpot
- Yellow and red properties award the Major jackpot
- Orange and pink properties award the Minor jackpot
- Light blue and brown properties award the Mini jackpot
If Upgrade cards are revealed, they are logged until three are collected. When three are collected, all jackpot levels are upgraded to the next level, and the Grand becomes a Double Grand jackpot.
In addition to all this, there is a random mystery feature borrowed from the casino version of the game. On any base-game spin, the player can be awarded a random “Red Envelope” containing a mystery prize of up to 3,888 credits.
Yes, it’s a lot to take in, but consider this a guide to everything Monopoly Lunar New Year has to offer. Play the game for free at first, and when you’ve grasped all the possible outcomes, you’ll find you want to keep playing and playing this game.
There’s never a dull moment here.
The return-to-player (RTP) on this game is 95.99 percent. RTP, also known as payback percentage, is the percentage of total wagers that are returned to all players as jackpots.
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