4 Seasons Pokie Review
Betsoft are known for producing games with beautiful graphics and animation, and the 4 Seasons pokie is a worthy addition to their portfolio. The symbols here are all animals from the Chinese Zodiac, except with the cuteness factor ramped up to a hundred. The game takes place against a backdrop of rural Chinese mountains and the seasons change as you play, so that winter snow is replaced by Spring and then Summer.
The pokie layout looks familiar, given that it uses standard 3 x 5 reels, but in fact this game offers much more than just stunning graphics. The scoring system and pay-table here is quite unique and really sets it apart from the average pokie game, so let’s see just what makes it so different to your average pokie.
About The Game
Coins Range:0.02 To 1.00
Jackpot:3000x Your Bet
Fee Spins/Multiplier Better:20/x10
All the symbols in 4 Seasons are worth exactly the same amount, except that for each ‘season’ of thirty spins one animal is designated as the ‘Golden’ animal – just as happens in the Chinese Zodiac. A wheel in the bottom left corner of your screen shows you which animal is currently golden, silver and bronze, and different multipliers apply to each if used in a winning line.
Gold multiplies x10, Silver x5 and Bronze x2, while the animals at ‘3 o’clock’ and ‘9 o’clock’ on the wheel also multiply winnings by two. The wheel moves one space after every 30 spins, meaning that a new animal becomes gold, silver, etc.
Wild Symbol: if you have ever visited Chinatown you will certainly have seen one of those gold cats slowly waving its paw at you through a shop window (or ten). Well this cat is the wild symbol for this game and can replace all but the Scatter symbols. (By the way, don’t confuse this golden cat with the golden zodiac animals mentioned above, as a Cat is not one of the Chinese Zodiac symbols). If five Wilds show up then you can win a massive 10,000 times your bet.
Scatter Symbol: the Yin and Yang symbol is the Scatter here, and 3 of these anywhere on the reels unlocks 8 free spins. 4 Scatters equals 12 free spins and 5 gets you 20, and free spins can be re-triggered.
Block Win Combos: another way to increase your winnings is to with a winning payline that includes at least two solid blocks of the same animal on 2 (or more) reels. So for example if the first and second reels are both made up entirely of Monkey symbols then your wins are doubled. 3 block reels multiplies the winnings by 3, 4 multiplies by 5 and all 5 multiplies by 10.
4 Seasons is a fresh and charming new pokie and a breath of fresh air in comparison to some of the lazy re-treads of old games we see so often. This 30 payline game allows you per line bets of between 2 cents and a dollar and is sound-tracked by subtle Oriental music.
The seasons wheel is a neat innovation and the beautiful graphics are no less than we expect from the BetSoft team, but much appreciated all the same. This is a truly delightful game that will reward repeated spins of the reels.