Si Xiang Slot Machine
The Si Xiang slot from Playtech is another far-Eastern themed game. It’s visually stunning with spectacularly illustrated high value symbols which come to life when involved in a winning combination. The animation and artwork really is second to none, and this, coupled with the twinkling oriental music makes for a slot machine with a great look and feel.
In terms of game specifics, it’s a three row, five reel game, and there are nine pairs of win lines running in either direction. The title might be a little low on special features, but the heavily weighted prizes will more than make up for it for players who enjoy “go big, or go home” style casino games.
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Si Xiang Review
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|Our Rating:||4 / 5|
- Great for those strictly playing for the highest prizes. The three highest symbols all pay over four-figures, with the very largest bags an impressive 10,000 coins.
- Fantastic artwork. Si Xiang really excels on the design front. The mythical creatures that the game uses for its high value symbols are particularly well styled and the animations accompanying them really bring out their assumed ferocity
- The lack of bonus features will certainly put many players off. There are no free spins, and no instant cash bonuses. The designers have favoured a higher weighted top prizes at the expense of additional game modes.
As mentioned, the highest pay outs in the Si Xiang slot machine are all awarded for matching five of the beautifully designed mythical beast across a win line. There’s a dragon, tiger, phoenix, and a turtle battling a sea serpent. Hitting five-of-a-kind of each of these will pay as follows:
- Dragon = 10,000x the line bet.
- Blue tiger = 5,000x the line bet.
- Phoenix = 1,200x the line bet.
- Turtle and serpent = 750x the line bet.
Si Xiang is all about the main game. There aren’t any real features to discuss. The only real novelty here is the multidirectional win lines.
Multidirectional win lines
Although there are just nine available win lines on the Si Xiang slot machine, each one runs in both directions. This effectively gives the game 18 potential ways to win (9 pairs of lines). All symbols will pay from both left to right and right to left but hitting five-of-a-kind will only pay players once.
In addition to the lavishly styled high value symbols, there are also some that don’t pay quite as well. These are represented by the upper end of a standard deck of playing cards (A, K, Q, J, 10, 9). Hitting five-of-a-kind of each will pay as follows:
- Ace = 350x the line bet.
- King = 250x the line bet.
- Queen, or Jack = 200x the line bet.
- 10, or 9 = 50x the line bet.
Players can adjust the number of pairs of win lines they bet across on Si Xiang, as well as the amount bet per line. They can select between one and nine ways to win, and between 1p, and £100 waged on each. This makes the highest possible bet per spin a sizeable £900, and the lowest just 1p. All but the very highest rollers should find these limits more than adequate.
What We Think
All told, Si Xiang is a great machine to chase those top jackpots on. Players wanting to walk away from their computer after a single big win are well-recommended to give it a try. It’s also one of the more visually impressive titles around these days, and doesn’t need to rely on movie cutscenes and the like to deliver a stunning looking game.
That said, it does lack in the feature department. This is a shame because the addition of just one quality bonus stage would make Si Xiang worthy of a rare perfect score from us.