Microgaming’s 108 Heroes is a Chinese-themed slot and one which tells the tale of Shui Hu Zhuan. The novel is based on the 108 Stars of Destiny, a Far Eastern tale from the 1300s. While it is doubtful that too many players will be familiar with the story, many will have heard of the game, as is often the case with major Microgaming slot titles.
108 Heroes offers a lowly 15 paylines on its 5 reels. There is a version that focuses on multipliers and contains just 3 reels, but that is a story for another day. This edition of the game doesn’t allow too much manipulation of those lines, although wagers are alterable. Low rollers can expect to spin the reels for as little as 15p, while at its costliest, 108 Heroes can set players back around about £75 a game. Microgaming have kitted out 108 Heroes with a high RTP (return to player) rate of 97%, and there is a top prize worth 2,500 coins up for grabs if 5 emperor icons sit nicely on a payline.
A few special features make their debut in this release, but nothing which would shock a player. Wild symbols appear as the game’s title logo, as they often do in Microgaming slots. In 108 Heroes, wild symbols can substitute for all others barring bonus symbols.
Those bonus symbols pop up as Chinese characters, and they can trigger a free spin bonus should 3 or more land on the reels. Scattered cash prizes are also up for grabs with these symbols. Secondary bonus icons appear as treasure chests laden with precious jewels. Players who acquire 3 or more of these will trigger a click and win bonus round. They are not scatter icons, so those symbols must appear on a payline and must run across three adjacent reels.
The Chinese character icons can trigger a free spin bonus which promises 10 free games. During those free spins, any wins a player happens to acquire will be tripled by a 3x multiplier. The round can also be retriggered by landing 3 or more scatters on the reels.
As for the click and win bonus, it offers players the chance to choose from 12 chests. Players can select 3, 4 or 5 chests, depending on how many bonus symbols they acquired to trigger the bonus the first time around. Inside each selected chest will be an instant win cash prize, which is paid out to the player directly.
108 Heroes is simple, it is fun, and it can be quite a generous paying game. It is run-of-the-mill stuff for Microgaming, though. Players who fancy more of a challenge may wish to try 108 Heroes: Multiplier Fortunes. That slot offers 3 reels, 9 paylines and all manner of multipliers to boost wins. It also provides two jackpot prizes, which makes it arguably more prosperous than this, the first of the two games.