Ming Dynasty from Microgaming: Slot Review - rule an ancient empire

Take a trip to a glorious period in China's history when the Ming Dynasty ruled the land.

The Ming Dynasty was a golden period in Chinese history as it was led by the Emperor of the Great Ming for over 300 years from the 14th century through to the 17th century. The rulers of this dynasty were able to maintain one of the most stable forms of government ever seen. Throughout this period, the famous Great Wall of China was created as well as the famous Forbidden City that acted as the headquarters of the government for over 500 years. The government was also able to establish lucrative trading ports with many other countries through land and sea that still exist to this very day. So history lesson over now, and onto the game based on this glorious empire!

The slot has 5 reels with 30 paylines and comes with free spins and a mystery feature.

Ming Dynasty Screenshot

Special Features

The first feature I encountered while playing this slot is the Wild symbol and it is illustrated by the Ming Dynasty logo and it substitutes for all other symbols except the Scatter symbol. This symbol only appears on reels 2, 3, 4, and 5 and it can help contribute to some big wins if you land enough of these symbols.

The Scatter symbol is illustrated by a golden gong with the word “Bonus” emblazoned across it. If you land 3 or more of these symbols in any position across the reels then you will trigger the Free Spins feature. In this game, you will be awarded 10 free spins for 3 symbols, 15 for 4 symbols, and a whopping 25 free spins for 5 Scatter symbols. That is not all as one of the regular symbols will be turned into an additional Scatter in this feature and this awards players with “Any Way” winning line wins as well as normal payline wins.

There is also a Mystery Feature in the game as on every spin a stack of positions on each reel are replaced by one of the symbols (except the Wild and Scatter symbols) at random. This greatly enhances your chances of a nice payout when you land the appropriate symbols.

Theme and Graphics

The graphics are beautiful and an excellent representation of Ancient China. The backdrop of the game is some dusky mountains and trees with a purple blueish sky. The reels are displayed on an intricate temple with the logo of the game sitting in the middle. Symbols consist of scrolls, swords, temples, horses, and warriors. The animations are excellent as symbols move and enlarge when you form a win along the reels.

The music is fantastic as it is Chinese-based and full of harps, zithers, and lutes. It is quite atmospheric and compliments the game wonderfully.

Win lines, Payouts and Jackpots

The game has 30 paylines, a reasonable RTP of 96.03% and a fantastic maximum jackpot of 121,500 coins.

Below is a summary taken from the PayOut Table from the game. The amount won for each combination depends on the value of the line bet when you spin the reels.

Bet Range: 0.30, 0.60, 1.50, 3.00, 6.00, 7.50, 15.00, 30.00

Based on a bet of 0:30:

  • Bonus Scatter Symbol: 0.30 for 3X, 1.50 for 4X, 7.50 for 5X
  • Male Warrior Symbol: 0.05 for 2X, 0.30 for 3X, 1.00 for 4X, 5.00 for 5X
  • Female Warrior Symbol: 0.02 for 2X, 0.20 for 3X, 0.50 for 4X, 2.50 for 5X
  • Horse Symbol: 0.02 for 2X, 0.20 for 3X, 0.50 for 4X, 2.50 for 5X
  • Temple Symbol: 0.15 for 3X, 0.40 for 4X, 2.00 for 5X
  • Scroll Symbol: 0.15 for 3X, 0.35 for 4X, 1.50 for 5X
  • Sword Symbol: 0.15 for 3X, 0.35 for 3X, 1.50 for 5X
  • A Symbol: 0.10 for 3X, 0.30 for 4X, 1.00 for 5X
  • K Symbol: 0.10 for 3X, 0.30 for 4X, 1.00 for 5X
  • Q Symbol: 0.05 for 3X, 0.20 for 4X, 0.60 for 5X
  • J Symbol: 0.05 for 3X, 0.20 for 4X, 0.60 for 5X
  • 10 Symbol: 0.05 for 3X, 0.20 for 4X, 0.60 for 5X

Our Verdict on Ming Dynasty

Ming Dynasty is created by Microgaming and it's a nice representation of a golden era of China’s past. There are that many features in this game but I managed to trigger the Free Spins game on quite a few occasions and it is rather pleasing to see that you can also retrigger Free Spins, The slot is of medium to high volatility so it might take you a few spins before you land a good enough payout. If you enjoy oriental-based slots then this game is definitely worth trying out.

Win a glorious fortune in Ming Dynasty!