Silk Road Online Slots
The Great Silk Road was not, of course, one particular road, but rather a series of overland trails that wound their way from Europe, across North Africa and the deserts of Arabia, to the East, following the routes of explorers like Marco Polo. It was a dangerous but highly lucrative trade route for spices, silks, jade and gold, and some of these commodities appear on several of the higher value symbols.
The theme is one of vaguely Arabic origins, redolent of camel trains and oases, with the background music being constant and haunting, but not intrusive.
Silk Road at online casino NZ is a five reel slot, with 243 possible winning permutations, and a minimum bet of 0.01 coins per line. However, the options for wagering do go as high as 20 coins per line, meaning that the maximum possible bet can be 500 coins per spin: this is a huge stake, but the rewards are certainly equally valuable, with a jackpot payout of 12 500 coins.
Symbols and Wildcards
The playing card symbols appear in this game as the traditional low value symbols: after that, there are themed symbols like a bottle of wine, the fortified gates of a stylised trading post, the Golden Moth, enemy of carpet traders everywhere, and a Chinese sailing junk. The Roll of Silk is the game’s Wild symbol, and can substitute for all others except the Scatter, to form winning lines.
Wilds appear only on the second and fourth reel, but they also trigger multipliers: a reel 2 wild multiplies winnings by 3, while a reel 4 multiplies these by 5. A winning line featuring two Wilds will boost your winnings 15 times.
The golden Moth plays the role of the Scatter symbol: this triggers a number of free spins, depending on the number of moths that appear on the reels, and can also be re-triggered during free spins.
Find the Sultan
The Sultan is the game’s highest value symbol: if five of these appear on a single spin, you trigger the jackpot win, which can be up to 12 500 coins. Playing at maximum bet increases the chances of finding this symbol, and collecting the win.
For professional or busy players, Silk Road does feature an advanced Auto Play option, which can be configured to a certain number of spins upon reaching a certain balance, or finding particular bonuses. These mostly take the forms of Scatters and free spins, with impressive multipliers, which can build to some great winnings, but the spread of potential wagers that this game allows should appeal to all levels of player. The simple interface and well laid out information in the pay table also means that this is a very accessible slot game to all.
Travelling the Silk Road
Like most Amaya games, Silk Road is available on Mac or PC, as both a downloadable and an online game, depending on where licence agreements hold sway. Featuring good graphics and smooth animation, it is a game worth playing both for its quality, and the high value of its potential payouts.