Silk Road Slot a Route to Treasure
The Silk Road is the ancient trade route by land and sea stretching from China and India, across the Himalayas and through Afghanistan, that was once used to bring precious silk and other rare luxuries of the East to the Mediterranean lands and Europe. It is also one of Aristocrat Gaming’s most popular slot titles, with five transparent reels against a golden desert background that can bring a player similar riches.
Silk Road is a Reel Power slot title; one in a series in which Aristocrat has ditched paylines completely. As long as three or more icons match on consecutive reels from Reel 1, no matter in which of three positions on each reel they appear, the player wins a prize. In fact, prizes begin with 25 credits for just two of a kind, in the case of the lowest-value symbols, 9 and 10. As a result, the game has 243 possible winning combinations on every spin.
No Paylines, but Variable Betting Options
Despite the absence of paylines, slots players are still able to vary their Silk Road bets according to the size of their bankroll and the range of wins they’d like to spin for. Players can adjust the coin denominations of the currency in which they are playing, from 0.02 to 1.00. The number of credits per spin can also be set between 25 and 125, and all prizes listed on the Silk Road slots pay table are given in credits, set according to the number of credits played on the spin; they must be multiplied by the coin denomination to get the total prize per spin.
Simple but Attractive Iconography
Silk Road’s slot reels are diaphonous silk panels, embroidered top and bottom, and the low-value Poker symbols carry the usual Aristocrat embellishments. Icons are simple, but clear and colourful, and the higher-value symbols all relate to the title’s theme at different stages of the journey.
There is a Flagon of wine, that pays 250, 500 or 5,000 credits for three, four or five of a kind. Next is a Chinese Junk, with the same reward for five matches, but 1,000 credits or 500 credits for four or three matches. The mountain Fort scores 500, 2,500 or 10,000 credits, and the fierce asian Warrior tops the list at 2,500, 5,000 or 12,500 credits; both prize sequences, of course, corresponding to three, four or five of a kind.
Silkworm Moth Triggers Bonus Spins
Appropriately, the Silk Road slot’s Scatter is a golden Silkworm Moth, and it wins extra credits whenever it appears three, four or five times anywhere on the reels. It also triggers the bonus round, awarding 10 free spins for three Moths, 15 for four, and 20 for five.
The Wild, a painted Silk Scroll, appears only on Reels 2 and 4, and has an extra role over and above its standard substitution for any icon, apart from the Scatter, to create more wins. In Silk Road bonus rounds, a Reel 2 Wild included in a winning combo adds a X3 multiplier, and a Wild on Reel 4 adds a X5 multipier to any wins that include it. If Wilds on both reels feature in the same win, the multiplier is X15.
New Zealand pokies fans can find the Silk Road slot at most online and mobile casinos hosting Aristocrat games and Reel Power titles.