Pigs are a symbol of wealth in Chinese culture so it’s no surprise to find a pokie call The Fortune Pig. iSoftBet released The Fortune Pig into the wild in January 2019.
Does The Fortune Pig bring home the bacon or should you send it to be slaughtered? Let’s find out.
The Fortune Pig Fundamentals
Chinese-themed pokies are extremely popular which is why iSoftBet launched The Fortune Pig. The game came out to celebrate the 2019 Chinese New Year, which was the year of the pig. That year has been and gone but you can still try this fun machine.
The game plays on a traditional 5×3 layout with 25 paylines. Your coin values range from 0.01 to 1, meaning min and max bets weigh in at $0.25 to $25. Be lucky and it is possible to win 500-times your bet so between $125 and $12,500. These aren’t massive payouts, but we wouldn’t say no to them.
Fortune Pig is for you if you like pokies with low-to-medium volatility. Smaller bankrolls are required for low volatility machines. There is a downside, however, and that is the RTP. iSoftBet inexplicably set the Return To Play at only 95.14%. This is far less than the industry average and is actually quite poor.
The Fortune Pig Symbols
All the Fortune Pig symbols related to Chinese traditions. Ace-through-Jacks royals are the lowest value symbols. Gold coins, a money tree, and a drum are also at the lower end of the payout scale.
Land five of the golden dragons for 16-times your stake but the titular Fortune Pig is the best symbol. It is the game’s wild and substitutes for every symbol except the money bag scatter. Landing 3, 4, or 5 wilds pays out 2, 10, or 20-times your bet.
Four Value-Packed Features
Fans of pokies with features and bonus rounds are well-catered for with The Fortune Pig. There are two features to trigger, with each explained below, that have other features built into them.
Fortune Spins is the first of the brace of these features. Landing three scatters triggers this feature and awards eight free spins. The feature also activates the in-sync feature where between two and five reels spin with the same symbols. It’s this feature where 500-times your bet can be won.
The Money Bags Feature is what our friends at iSoftBet call its Cash Re-Spins Bonus. You need five or more money bag symbols to start this. Three re-spins are awarded and the counter resets to three if you land a money bag during it. Landing a Golden Pig during this feature sees the pig collect all the bags. This makes more room for additional bags to land.
We’ve already mentioned the Golden Pig wilds can stack and take up entire reels. It is rare this happens but is lucrative when it does.
I admit that I enjoyed playing this online pokie but it isn’t on my list of must-play pokies. Its graphics are bold, bright and vibrant. The music and sounds have serious earworm potential too. But, and it’s a big but, there is nothing really original about The Fortune Pig.
The features make it possible to win relatively big prizes, yet they are nothing new. You have seen them with different names on dozens of rival pokies.
Then there is the dreadful Return To Player. Games with a high house edge don’t have a place in a modern online casino. These casinos win enough money as it is without The Fortune Pig offering almost 5% to them. Try The Fortune Pig by all means because it is fun. It’s just there are cheaper and better pokies out there for you to play.