Brace for an encounter with a mythical beast on the slot from 2BY2 Gaming. The fiery Kirin or Qilin is a unicorn-type creature deeply rooted in mainly Chinese and Japanese but also in broader East-Asian mythology symbolizing prosperity and good luck. Will that apply to this set of slot reels? An expanding game window, four random features with reel modifiers and no less than three types of free spins can lead to wins of up to 2,133 times your stake.
Fiery Kirin is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 243 ways to win in default mode. It can increase up to a 3-4-4-4-3 format with 576 ways during some of the features. Wins are awarded for three to five matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right only. Playable on desktop or mobile, the bet sizes range from 0.30 to 30 credits per spin. The RTP of this medium variance game is set at 96.03%.
A river valley in the midst of steep mountains conveys a traditional Asian feeling which is further emphasized by a typical temple visible in the distance. The semi-translucent game window is held in a pagoda-style frame while traditional lucky charms dominate the reels. A serene Asian soundtrack completes the design.
Open the game to find the card royals from 10 through to A at the low end of the pay table. They are complement by lucky Chinese pendulum, a green jade elephant, a mountain statue and lady holding a traditional umbrella. The latter is the most valuable with 33.33x your stake for a single five of a kind.
A fireball marked with the word itself is the wild symbol, substituting for all regular pay symbols while a traditional pagoda acts as the scatter.
Fiery Kirin Slot Features
No doubt, the game studio went to great length to do justice to the mythical creature that supposedly will bring us good luck and prosperity. To enable just that, 2BY2 Gaming included a reel expansion as well as four random and three bonus features.
The most common that you will encounter on your quest to find the fiery Kirin is the Super Expanding Wild feature. Land a wild symbol on reel three to see the game window grow to a 3-4-4-4-4 format with 576 ways to win and the wild itself turning into a fully wild reel. The reels are reset after any potential wins are paid.
The mythical Kirin can randomly appear on any spin in the base game to spread good luck and potentially big or even mega wins. He will stampede across the reels to award one of four random features:
- Wild Reel: One of the three middle reels will expand to four positions and turn into wild reel before wins are evaluated.
- Random Wilds: Kirin will stampede across the reels and turn a random number of symbols into wilds
- Scatter Respin: Triggered when only two scatters land on a spin for another chance to hit the missing third scatter.
- Magical Win: Kirin will magically transform a losing spin into a win.
Hitting scatters anywhere on reels two, three and four in one spin will trigger the feature selector. You will be presented with three envelopes from which you can pick one to determine the type of free spins. None of them can be retriggered.
- Super Expanding Wild Free Spins: Awards five free spins with the Super Expanding Wild on reel three triggering on each free spin.
- Wild Reels Free Spins: Awards eight free spins. On every free spin, one of the three centre reels turns into an expanded 4-symbol high wild reel.
- Double Super Expanding Wild Free Spins: Awards 10 free spins with doubled payouts when the Super Expanding Wild is part of a winning combo.
For each feature trigger, you will get one Golden Turtle. Collect three in total and you will be able to choose your preferred option for the free spins.
We are used to Asian-themed slots with dragons, tigers, lucky coins and other mythological icons but for some reason, the Kirin has been seldom used to this day. I searched high and low for other titles but could only find three from rather smaller or meanwhile defunct game studios. Why developers have not used it more often is a mystery as it is a powerful and heralded lucky creature in Asian mythology. Well, 2BY2 Gaming was brave enough to take up the challenge and produced a pretty good slot for their standards that plays well and can pay well (pun intended). In fact, up to 2,133 times your stake are up for grabs in the bonus rounds.