Created by software developer IGT, Gong Xi Fa Cai literally translates to “hoping you grow your wealth,” but is commonly used by Mandarin speakers as a way to wish someone a happy New Year.
With four total jackpot opportunities, a Free Spins Bonus played out on extra-rich reels, a wealth of Multipliers and a Dynamic Symbol Replacement feature, growing your bankroll is exactly what this slot has the potential to do.
Design and symbols
Gong Xi Fa Cai is designed in an opulent style, and features 3D animated symbols which come to life after each spin. A small figure in a red robe stands in the bottom right-hand corner of the game window at all times, tempting players with a bowl full of gold coins he holds in his hand.
The game is comprised of 50 fixed paylines, which, along with an additional feature bet, are turned on by default each spin. To change the value of your total wager, simply click the – and + arrows in the Coin Value box.
Gong Xi Fa Cai’s high-value symbols are represented by icons viewed as lucky in Chinese culture:
The Wild symbol is clearly marked as such, and is easy to spot. It substitutes for all others except for the Scatter and can go a long way to creating winning matches. The Scatter symbol is more ornate, and features the game’s title written as a Chinese character.
Free Spins Bonus round
Progressive jackpots aside, Gong Xi offers another avenue for making a big score, mainly through its Free Spins Bonus round. The feature is triggered when three Scatter symbols fall on reels 1, 3 and 5, and awards eight Free Spins.
Free games are played out on extra-rich reels, with the lower-value poker hand symbols removed. If three more Scatter symbols fall during the Bonus Round, players receive an additional eight Free Spins.
How to hit the Lucky Fortune Progressive jackpots
Gong Xi features not just one jackpot, but four. The top two (Maxi and Major) are progressives, filling up incrementally as Golden Nugget players place their bets on the slot. The game’s top prize is currently set at over $10,000, and is growing steadily.
The other two jackpots are static, and have prize values determined by the size of a patron’s wager.
- Maxi: Progressive
- Major: Progressive
- Minor: Static
- Mini: Static
The Lucky Fortune progressive can be triggered after any base game spin that includes a Multiplier symbol on the first reel. Once activated, players are presented with a series of red envelopes, each containing a special gem corresponding to one of the jackpots.
Begin by picking envelopes to reveal the gem inside. Once three matching gems have been collected, the corresponding jackpot will be awarded. If you are lucky enough to uncover five red gems, you’ll trigger the biggest jackpot of all, the Maxi, and potentially take home a life-changing score.
Other jackpot slots at Golden Nugget
Gong Xi Fa Cai is the newest addition to Golden Nugget’s stable of jackpot slots. The site also features the popular Divine Fortune progressive, which currently sits at a modest $15,000 due to it being hit last week for $115,000.
Captain Nemo and Millionaires Club III are two other options. The two slots pool wagers together, and have combined to create a jackpot of nearly $500,000.
Gong Xi Fa Cai is an attractive choice for players who relish the opportunity to make not just a big win, but a massive score. And while it doesn’t appear to be connected to any other jackpots in Golden Nugget’s network, we still expect the slot to produce some very healthy payouts.
But the game offers much more than its two progressives. Patrons may also trigger two lucrative static jackpots, along with an exciting Free Spins bonus game. Mix in additional base game perks like Dynamic Symbol Replacement and Multiplier symbols, and we deem Gong Xi Fa Cai a winner.