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Great 88

Theme of the Game

The exotic taste of the Far East has always filled many with a sense of mysticism. Old Chinese folklore, tales and celebrations are so unlike what we ordinarily see and hear among our own, and Betsoft attempts to bring that style to us with their newest pokie game, Great 88.

As the name implies, the game centres heavily around the number 8, which has a significance as a symbol of prosperity and success in Chinese society – not a bad pick for a pokie game, to be sure.

Developer

The game is developed by Betsoft, an ancient in the business, formed all the way in 1999, well known for their innovative and highly animated 3D quality pokie games.

Despite constant shifts in the market, Betsoft has remained ahead of the curve, delivering great games with lots of visual polish. While being one of the leaders in online pokies, Betsoft also has branches in table games, poker and keno.

How to Play

As with many other pokies, the game contains five reels, thirty paylines, with a mystical Chinese coat to make it stand out. Press spin, and watch the symbols fall into place – and hope you get a good spin on you!

The game has plenty of different symbols to rank it’s winnings. At the bottom, you have the ladders for which the larger amount of steps, the higher earnings they give you. Above them are Chinese writings on a red or green background, with the green background giving more than the red. Above those, you have a green number six, and a bright-red number eight.

Betsoft’s newest production also gives you high value symbols which consist of a red dragon, a blue lion, a jade toad, and a bright red paintbrush.

The pokie offers you an interesting mechanic in a double-up feature which gives you the ability to take all your winnings, or half of them, and bet them for double the amount you’ve already won. The game will ask you to make a choice of heads or tails. Get it right, and you double your winnings. Fail, and you lose half or all of what you’ve won.

You can make a choice on how much you want to bet by choosing the value of your coin and the bet level. The coin goes from $0.02 to $0.10, and bet levels range from one to five, giving you a maximum bet of 150 per spin.

The game also allows you to set it to auto play, offering you to choose the bet level, coin value, and for how many spins you want the game to run for. It also conveniently gives you the cost of it all in a screen below those.

If your game feels too sluggish, you can use the options menu to disable the extra animations, or change the visual quality of the pokie, as well as disable the music and sound effects.

Special Features

There are plenty of specials you can earn in Great 88, which are unlocked by getting 3 Lucky Boxes. They can either reveal one of the top paying icons, a red dragon or a blue lion, to take the place of the boxes on the line.

Lucky Boxes can also unveil Bronze coins! Your winning stake is multiplied by how many coins there are on the field, ranging between 3x to 15x your total stake.

You can also win Firecrackers from Lucky Boxes, which will spread on nearby symbols and turn them into Wilds.

Lucky Boxes also drop Jade coins, which can trigger between 3 to 25 free spins, depending on how many Jade coins dropped for you on that field. However, you can’t get any new Lucky Boxes during those free spins.

Finally, Lucky Boxes can have a Golden Dumpling in them, which open a spin on the Bonus Wheel. The wheel includes prizes such as 8 free spins, 5x total stake, 10x total stake, 20x total stake and a chance to spin a Mega Win Wheel.

The Mega Win Wheel acts the same way as the Bonus Wheel. You have three wins – a Mini Mega Win, which is 100x your total stake, a Big Mega Win for 750x total stake, and a Giant Mega Win, which is a 6,000x total stake.

Maximum Payout

For Great 88, you can expect, if you’re lucky, to win 6,000 times your line bet. Unfortunately, the game does not offer more, as it only counts your highest win on the line. The RTP for the pokie is 94.3% and with five Wilds on the reels at maximum bet will net you 44,440 coins in a spin.

Summary

Despite a gorgeous look, a large number of specials, and an overall very polished experience, the game is a high-maintenance pokie. Wins don’t come easy, and the lack of choice in what you earn from lucky boxes can feel discouraging.

We recommend trying it out before spending any real money on it – and if you like it, definitely give it a go for real!

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