108 Heroes is a mystical low-variance video slot that dredges up a whole lot of Eastern lore. We’ll be brutally honest and say we’re not overly familiar with the specific backstory of this non-progressive slot, but even in our ignorance we can tell you that its reels are occupied by all manner of violent warriors, including a samurai-wielding geisha and a snarling, muscle-bound Arabian with a machete in each hand.
The music, too, has a certain Chinese/Martial Arts vibe. Anyway, setting all that aside, 108 Heroes is a fairly entertaining slot game. Playable from one to 75 credits per spin, the five-reeler from Microgaming includes a free spins bonus, which comes with a generous multiplier. There’s also an enticing King’s Treasure bonus game to sample. Read on for our full breakdown…
First, to get the coin range out of the way. 108 Heroes is playable with coins ranging in size from 0.01 to 1, and up to five coins can be used per line. In other words, the most you can stake per spin is 75 – what with there being 15 paylines and all. The game also includes an autoplay option, perfect if you want to browse the net or watch Netflix while simultaneously winning/losing cash. 108 Heroes is available to play on a range of desktop devices (laptop/PC) and also on mobile.
The 5×3 reel grid is located within an ornate golden border, with each reel divided by a golden bar. The red background, meanwhile, is illustrated with the skeletons of numerous trees, cherry blossom to the naked eye. Below the reels, you’ll find all the regular controls, with buttons for Spin and Autoplay and tabs recording your bet, your wins and your pay-lines.
There are ten symbols in 108 Heroes, including three of the main playing cards, namely ace, king and queen. Character symbols probably relate to real-life individuals, but I don’t have a clue who they are. Unless you’re familiar with ancient China, perhaps you’re in the same boat. There are four men and one female, the aforementioned samurai-wielding geisha. The top warrior is the one wearing the golden armour. He pays 2,500 for five, 500 for four and 250 for three. The man wearing the blue headdress pays the same amount for five and four, but just 100 for three. Next it’s the shirtless warrior (1,250/375/75), followed by the geisha (625/250/50) and then the muscle-bound Arabian (500/250/25).
The wild symbol is the one stamped with ‘108 Heroes’. It pays a whopping 37,500 for five, 10,000 for four, 1,000 for three and 25 for two. It can also substitute for all other symbols except the treasure chest and the Chinese symbol.
Free spins can be won by landing three or more Chinese letter scatter symbols. The number of free spins is always 10, but the free spins can also be re-triggered during bonus play. What’s more, all pay-outs accumulated during free spins come with a 3x multiplier attached.
Scatters are linked to some monumental pay-outs, including 150 for two, 300 for three, 3,750 for four and 30,000 for five.
The King’s Treasure bonus game is activated by landing three or more treasure chests on an active pay-line, from left to right. During the mini-game, you’ll have to open three, four or five treasure chests to reveal cash values. The number you get to open depends on how many symbols you landed in the first place. You could win as much as 2,500, or as little as 36.
108 Heroes is not the best game Microgaming have produced – but that’s more a testament to the software company than it is a knock on this fine slot title. This one’s visually entertaining, high-octane and high-paying. It’s difficult to find much fault with a game in which you can win such handsome pay-outs. Not only that, but the combination of bonus game and free spins is a winning formula. If you’re a fan of 15-line games, and you can get on board with the theme, you’re sure to enjoy your time playing 108 Heroes.