This is not one of Microgaming's own games, I'm quite sure of that, because it doesn't have any of Microgaming's game traits. Still, wherever it came or originated from, it doesn't make any difference to me. I'm here to play the game, not to strip it down to find out where it came from. One look is all it needs to tell me that this is an old game. The graphics, the overall presentation, everything doesn't come up to today's very high standards. However, I know for sure that I've played this game a few times before over the years. I could recognise the icons easily, especially when they are oriental orientated.
The Seal is the Wild symbol, appearing only on reels 2, 3 and 4, are stacked in the free spins but not in the base game, substitutes for all symbols except the Scatter symbol, but doesn't pay anything for itself, nor double any wins with it. Hmm, we've seen all these before, those stacking Wilds in the free spins, the only way to make good wins. No two ways about it. The Emperor is the Scatter symbol, with his typical Chinese long 'line' moustache, hehehe, and pays 200x the total bet for 5 of him. Not bad. Other symbols wise, the Fighter pays 5000x, the Gateway pays 1000x, the Flag pays 500x, the Swords pay 500x too, whilst the lower symbols pay from 200x to 100x, all per line bet for 5 of each kind. A fairly good paytable, with the non-paying Wilds spoiling it a little.
Game feature wise, 3 or more Scatter symbols award 10 free spins with all wins doubled, and more Free Spins can be retriggered. Damn. 10 free spins with a 2x multiplier is just too little. The usual standard would be 20 or more free spins, and 10 free spins simply meant that half of the winning chances had been taken off. That's not to my liking at all. In my most recent play on the game, more of a refresher game if you like, I managed to get several Free Spins game in one session, but none of them gave me any retriggering, so all the games were just 10 free spins. The payouts? Would you believe it I tell you that I had one 3x bet size win and two more at about the 10x bet size win? There was one which almost made it to 20x but fell short of it. In short, all the Free Spins games that I got were nothing more than disappointments!