Most of the symbols celebrate the Chinese culture rather than concentrating on the trappings that would be associated with holding such a powerful position. We were most disappointed that several of the symbols appear to have been taken from other games from August Gaming, regardless of this Hail the Emperor does offer a wild, free games and re-spin feature for players to land winning spins providing the emperor is feeling generous. Players need to learn how to Kowtow correctly before they are met by the emperor, this is the action of kneeling whilst bowing until your head touches the ground and thought of as the highest form of respect in Eastern Asian culture. that is considered the Before you are introduced to the emperor, you’d better learn how to kowtow correctly. This action of kneeling and bowing until your head touches the ground is considered the highest sign of respect in East Asian culture.
Players need to start by paying to enter the lavish palace of the emperor and the coin values range from 0.01 credits to a maximum of 1 and players can stake from 1 to 100 coins on each of the 25 fixed pay lines. For the high rollers and those with deep pockets they can kowtow to the emperor by betting the maximum bet of 2,500 per spin. The palace of the emperor unsurprisingly is a privileged display of wealth that players would expect to see, and this includes delicate folding room dividers and statues of dragons both of which are constructed from solid gold. This setting is enough to make players feel excited about what they can win, but they will soon feel a real sense of disappointment when they look at the pay table. Unsurprisingly it is the usual playing card symbols that hold the least value, with six in total ranging from Ace through to nine, although players will be au fait with these symbols having staggered pay outs, August Gaming rewards players with x50 their line bet for matching any of the playing card symbols across their reels.
Further rewards of up to x75 of the line bet are paid out for any of the following, the gold money toad, the ferocious view of the head of a roaring tiger, the emperor’s sharp sword and the red/gold coloured flag with the silhouette of a dragon on it. The highest paying symbol is the dragon’s head designed in the type of costume one may expect to see in the street dancing at the Chinese New Year party. Landing five of this symbol rewards with the top prize x100 of the players line bet. Players may not be too enamoured about the winnings, but the free games and re-spin feature will soon change their minds.
To activate either of the bonuses players require a combination of special symbols on their reels, and this is where the wild and scatter come into the game. The wild is the emperor bedecked in his gold crown and he has the power to substitute for all the regular symbols to create winning combinations. The wild can land on all reels except for the first, but players will hope to see the emperor appear on reel five stacked, when this occurs the fifth reel locks as two re-spins start. If players are lucky enough to have the emperor grace them with his presence on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th reels during re-spin number one, and then lock into place for the second re-spin. It is these sticky wilds that are the way to earn big from this feature.