Red Mansions is based on a story written during the 18th Century by Chinese author Cao Xueqin, during the Qing Dynasty, entitled Dream of the Red Mansion, also known as Dream of the Red Chamber or The Story of the Stone. It is considered to be a literary masterpiece, and one of China’s great classical novels.
The novel is semi-autobiographical, and relates the happenings around the rise and fall of the Qing Dynasty. The novel is acclaimed for offering an insider’s perspective on the social structures of the time, and is regarded as very valuable from a historical point of view.
Red Mansions features 5 Reels, 40 Paylines and a Free Spins Bonus Round.
Red Mansions Symbols
The main protagonists in the book on which the theme is based, all feature as symbols on the reels. Standard playing cards Jack, Queen, King and Ace also appear as symbols, being of the lower paying symbols. The aim is to land a combination of 3 or more matching symbols on any active payline.
The wild symbol is represented by The Red Mansion symbol, and substitutes for all the other reel symbols, with the exception of the scatter symbol. The scatter symbol is a Jade Gem. Landing a combination of 2 or more of the scatter symbols on the reels activates the Free Spins Bonus Round.
Red Mansions Free Spins Bonus Round
The free spins bonus round is activated by a combination of 2, and not the usual 3, scatter symbols. The scatter symbol only appears on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5. A total of 2 scatter symbols will activate 10 free spins, 3 scatter symbols will activate 15 free spins, and a combination of 4 scatter symbols will activate 20 free spins. An added bonus is that the free spins round can be re-activated, up to a maximum total of 130 free spins.
The colours of the reels during the free spins bonus round differ from the colours of the reels during regular play.
Red Mansions Multiway Xtra Feature
The Multiway Xtra Feature is activated by placing a bet on all 40 paylines. The maximum credit limit for betting on all 40 paylines is 30 credits per payline.
When activated, the Multiway Xtra Feature increases the number of ways to win to a whopping 1024 ways to win.
Flexible Betting Options
Even when not choosing to activate the Multiway Xtra Feature by betting on all paylines, there is a selection of other options available. 1, 20, 20 or 40 paylines may be played and some no deposit casinos in NZ offer a trial way to enjoy the slot before depositing.
Red Mansions Graphics and Sound Effects
The images used are brilliantly colourful, and creates an enjoyable visual experience. The sound effects are typically Oriental, and compliment the central theme. The sound can be turned off when required.
The game interface is user-friendly and easy to navigate.
Red Mansions can be played for fun for free, or for real money. Pre-play player registration is generally not required. The online slot is available in flash mode, making full download unnecessary.