1421 Voyages of Zheng He is a 5 reel, 88 payline slot brought to you by developers IGT. It is centred around the legendary Chinese adventurer Admiral Zheng and features a host of symbols that reference this. The most valuable of these are comprised of culturally significant objects and nautical references including; ships, bells, gold dishes and jade dragons. The rest are displayed in the standard 10-A playing card format. There is a single bonus feature in the game, triggered by the Map Scroll symbol, which can award free spins and multipliers.
Historic slots are a little strange. They often focus on a larger than life figure but emphasize their persona to the point that they almost function as a caricature. Voyages of Zheng He is no exception, with the Chinese diplomat Zhang He serving as the inspiration for this title. He was a marine explorer and admiral when the Ming dynasty ruled China. This game follows his journey across Asia as he searches for treasure and, if you're lucky, you could win some too.
Visuals and Paytable
Voyages of Zheng features a mix of 3D rendered graphics and standard slot reels. The Cup Feature is a good example of this, showcasing elements of world-building and CGI visuals. Three cups will appear on the screen and you have to find the one with the ball, simple right? Many developers wouldn’t afford too much time to make the aesthetic value of this feature, but IGT has gone for broke here. The scene looks like something from a video game but features a feather, some sort of shipping manifest and other theme-related items. It’s just on aspect of the engaging user interface IGT has built.
Zheng's Voyage sent him around the world, and he collected lots of treasure along the way. It seems that IGT have used some of them as symbols for this slot, and they've brought some of the value too. The most valuable in the entire game is the wild, which will award the equivalent of 888x your stake if you land a five of a kind win with them. That big figure isn’t surprising when you consider how difficult it is to land five wilds, but the good news is that even the base game symbols can be quite rewarding. Take Zheng, for example, who will award a 400x your stake multiplier for five matching symbols. In fact, the lowest five of a kind win comes from the J and 10, which both offer 100x. This is better than many other games most valuable symbols, so you can win some very healthy payouts if you’re lucky.
Land three of the Map Scroll scatter symbols and you will be taken to a new screen. Here, you‘ll be tasked with guiding your ship by choosing from four available bonuses. These are split into three free spins rounds and the Cup feature. For the former, the three options are;
- Ten free spins and a multiplier of either 1x, 2x or 8x that is randomly picked
- Fifteen free spins and a multiplier of either 1x, 2x or 5x
- Twenty Free Spins and a multiplier of either 1x, 2x or 3x
If you pick the Cup bonus, a ‘pick me’ style game will ensue where you must choose from several cups. If you find a golden ball under it, a payout equivalent to 9x your total stake will payout. This feature can be re-triggered an unlimited number of times as well, meaning a potentially limitless number of spins is up for grabs. When it comes to which option to pick, it’s entirely up to you; the 8x multiplier can yield some big wins, but the limited spins mean you’re less likely to land them, so it’s a question of risk versus reward.
Play it at Kerching
IGT is rather good at making slots and they have proved that again in Voyages of Zheng. The visuals are rendered to a good standard, but it is the gameplay and symbol values that make this slot great. Landing a five of a kind combination of any icon will yield a large win and, while there is only one bonus feature, the nature of it means there is more than enough variety to keep it fresh.
Are you ready to set sail with Admiral Zheng? If so, you can play it at Kerching. However, if you’re prone to seasickness, we’ve got loads more that might tickle your fancy. Why not try one of Kerching’s hottest slots Kitty Glitter? Or why not try another IGT historical title in Cleopatra. Remember to keep an eye out for our promotions page too, for any specials we have on.