There are more and more Oriental orientated games appearing now, not necessarily oriental customs or people themed, but including animals and environmental themes. Not that I don't like it at all, I do, just that I haven't found one yet that sticks to me like a glue. Maybe I've been looking in the wrong places, I haven't a clue, but wherever I've been and gone through, none has yet to come true. As for Gung Pow...oh wow. I love fireworks and firecrackers. Used to play them a lot when it was still legal to buy and play them. Not anymore. A written permission from the Police is now required beforehand, but that's out of everyday people's hand. Too much hassle, too troublesome, but even the authorities know how to close their eyes on certain festival ceremonies, and that's a good thing.
The logo 'Gung Pow' is the Wild symbol, appearing only on reels 2 and 4. It is yet another true blue dumb Wild symbol, loved so much by Microgaming, but certainly not by players. The Wild doesn't pay, doesn't double wins, doesn't move, shift or expand, and only substitutes for all symbols except the Scatter symbol. The ancient Chinese Coin is the Scatter symbol, paying 100x the total bet for 5 of them, and getting 3 or more scatters award 15 free spins with all wins tripled. Free Spins games can be retriggered, but don't count too much on it. Symbols wise, the Rocket Fireworks pay 120x, The big Crackers 80x, the Lantern 60x, the Sparklers 30x, the small Firecrackers 20x and all the rest from 8x to 4x, all per total bet for 5 of each kind. A low paytable indeed.
Well, firstly, the overall look of Gung Pow doesn't strike interestingly in any way. The graphics look mediocre, it doesn't look attractive enough, and for those who have seen the paytable, it just doesn't grab players to play the game at all. My first glance at the paytable only gave me a "hmm". Even with 243 ways to win, Gung Pow doesn't have the explosiveness to excite big-win hunters. Casual players may enjoy the game, with its fairly frequent small wins of 5-of-a-kinds, but trying to get wins of 100x the total bet, or more, seems like a damn tough task to me. I've spinned at least 1000 spins, yet not seeing a 70x win at all. The best I got was 69x from the free spins, and that sucks. I simply hate it when out of 15 free spins, only 4 or 5 spins actually paid out something!
As always with most of Microgaming games, new or old, they have hardly ever impressed me at all, except for a very few games. A large number of players seem to love Microgaming games, but impressive huge-winning screenshots are hardly ever from Microgaming games. Perhaps players are being too sentimental, but not me. Realistic and regular good wins are what I'm more interested in, not empty promises of astoundingly huge wins from getting 5 Wild Reels or All-of-a-kind wins, which comes only once-in-a-lifetime anyway. Where winning from games is concerned, I'm not a dreamer. Never will be either.