The Great Ming Empire Slot

The Great Ming Empire

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The Great Ming Empire SlotThe Great Ming Empire is a creatively designed video slot by Playtech which has 5 reels and 5 pay lines that pay from left to right and from right to left. The game pays homage to the Ming dynasty, the dynasty which ruled China for three centuries and made it a global trading and cultural leader.

Playtech’s Chinese-inspired video slot features beautiful graphics and a typical 5×3 grid where pay lines, however, run not just from left to right, but also in the opposite direction. This gives players twice as many winning opportunities and the modest number of just 5 pay lines does not sound so unattractive anymore. The theme picked by Playtech is really unique – unlike most Chinese and Asian-inspired slot games which are set in some fantasy world, The Great Ming Empire actually draws inspiration from the historical period between 1368 and 1644, a great era in the country’s history when China was in fact known as the Empire of the Great Ming. Two notable characters are depicted in the slot – the Hongwu Emperor, the founder of the dynasty, and his consort, Empress Ma.

Players can activate 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 lines and adjust the bet per line from 0.01 to 100 credits, which makes the maximum bet per spin 500 credits.

Special Symbols

The Great Ming Empire slot by Playtech has several low-value icons which are represented as playing cards from Jacks to Aces. There are three others which pay out more and include the Hongwu Emperor, the Empress, and a ship. Interestingly, in order to get a winning combination, you need not 3 matching symbols as in most slots, but only 2. They need to fall on any of the active pay lines to score a winning.

The imperial palace is the Wild symbol in the game but it only substitutes for the Emperor and the Empress. It also forms winning combinations on its own and you need at least 2 Wilds to fall on an active pay line to score a winning. If 5 palace symbols land on any of the lines, you receive the jackpot payout of 5,000 coins.

Another unique feature of the game is that it has three Scatter symbols – a scroll, a crystal ball, and a vase. If three identical Scatters land in consecutive order anywhere on the reels they activate the Treasure Room Bonus.

The Great Ming Empire Slot Paytable
Symbol Two on a payline Three on a payline Four on a payline Five on a payline
J 2 5 10 50
Q 2 5 25 100
K 2 15 50 150
A 2 20 80 200
The Ship 3 25 100 250
The Empress 5 25 100 500
The Hongwu Emperor 5 50 200 1000
Wild 25 100 500 2000

Bonus Games and Features

The Great Ming Empire slot has just one bonus feature which can be triggered during any regular spin. This is the Treasure Room Bonus game, activated as previously explained by getting 3 Scatter symbols of the same type on the reels. In order to trigger this bonus game, the 3 scrolls, crystal balls, or vases need to fall in consecutive cells of the reels.

When you enter the bonus game, you will see a room full of treasures. There are 8 items and you will need to pick 3 of them, receiving the corresponding cash prizes. These winnings will be determined by the size of the bet, which means that the higher stakes will give you greater prizes. In addition, there will be a multiplier to your winnings, depending on the number of Scatter symbols that triggered the bonus game. If you had three Scatters, you will get a 1x multiplier; four Scatters bring you a 3x multiplier; and five Scatter symbols will land you a 10x multiplier.


Playtech’s The Great Ming Empire is a visually appealing slot game which has a nice bonus game and lovely theme inspired by Chinese history. It offers decent returns and creates a lovely atmosphere, especially if you a fan of the Asian imagery and music. It is true that this is not the most exciting or interesting game developers from Playtech have created, but the two-way payment system adds a fun twist to the traditional gameplay.

Although the slot is fairly simple and does not stand out as anything special in particular, it offers an attractive average payback, rarely seen among online slots. The theoretical RTP percentage stands at 96.15%.

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