OF GOLD COINS FOR $10
Is today your lucky day? If it is, one or maybe even all four of the fixed jackpots up for grabs in the Asian-themed online slot game Fortune Coin could have your name on it!
Fortune Coin Basics
Fortune Coin is an online video slot game by a giant name in the industry, IGT. It consists of five reels, three rows, and 243 ways to win. IGT released the game in 2019.
Fortune Coin works equally well on computers and mobile devices. You can play it on any currently used iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone and tablet.
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A slot that stays true to its Asian theme
The setting for the game is a dark bamboo forest. However, there is no storyline, and you’re not about to embark on any scary adventure. You will encounter lots of animals, but instead of looking ferocious, they appear on the reels in the form of harmless statues. Besides, how can you possibly be afraid of a lion that’s the highest paying symbol or a dragon that is so friendly it is both a wild symbol and a bonus symbol?
Another prominent symbol is a gold coin. It’s a traditional large round coin with a square hole in the middle. Anytime one or more of them land on anywhere on the reels, which is quite often, each gold coin awards you a separate prize. Usually it’s a cash prize, and that’s always welcome, but you could also win either the free spins bonus round or Jackpot bonus round.
If you enjoy Asian-themed slots, you will feel right at home playing Fortune Coin, as the Oriental influence is present throughout. All of the symbols, even the low-paying playing cards, are depicted with ornate Chinese imagery. All of the symbols are also either lined with gold or represent objects made from gold. The highest paying regular symbol, the lion, is shown with a red background, another lucky color in Chinese culture. And the pleasant soundtrack accompanying your play is upbeat but not overly loud Oriental music
243 Ways to Win, Four Jackpots, and a Whole Lot More
Of course, what attracts players to this slot more than anything else is the many different ways you can win. As if 243 ways to win is not enough incentive to play, stacked symbols, lucky coins, free spins, win boosts, and the chance to win four jackpots will surely get your attention.
If you don’t win a fortune playing Fortune Coin, it won’t be for lack of opportunity.
Fortune Coin Bet Range
Fortune Coin offers a wide enough range of bet sizes to work for most players. Simply select whatever coin value you prefer from the following options: .01, .01, .02, 03, .04, .05, .06, .07, .08, .09, .10, .20, .30, .50, $1, $2, $3, or $5. ($10 coins are also an option at some casinos in Michigan).
Then multiply the coin value you have chosen by 60, which is the number of coins you are required to wager, to determine your total bet for each spin.
Following this formula, the minimum bet per spin is 60 cents, and the maximum is either $300 or $600. The 60 cents minimum bet might be a little too steep for some players, but otherwise, this game can probably fit most players’ bet size preferences. Obviously, $300 or higher is a very large amount to be betting, even for high rollers. It should only be considered by those who know they can afford it, especially since this game’s published return to player (RTP) is only so-so.
Another option, if you’re not sure what stakes to play for, or if you simply want to try the game before committing real money, is to play in demo mode.
Fortune Coin RTP and Volatility
Assuming that Fortune Coin offers a bet size that works for you, and the theme appeals to you as well, two other important factors to consider before you decide to play this slot are its return to player (RTP) and volatility.
Every online slot has a published RTP, which is a theoretical estimate of the percentage of your starting bankroll that you are likely to have left after very extensive play. The RTP cannot be relied on to tell you what you can expect to happen in a single playing session. However, over time, the composite picture should start to resemble what the RTP predicts.
Playing slots with an above average RTP from the outset is still highly recommended. The reason why is the extra level of protection higher RTP slots give you in case you don’t have good luck from the start. Even when you’re not winning, at least you should be getting small payouts frequently enough to keep you from tapping out early before your luck has a chance to turn around.
Many online slots have a published RTP of 96 percent or higher, and those are the slots that give you the best chance to win. Of course, you can also win playing slots with a lower RTP. Otherwise, no one would play those slots. But you need to know that the house edge is higher, and therefore, good money management is a must.
I was both surprised and disappointed to see that the RTP for Fortune Coin is only 94.20 percent. Given the 243 ways to win and the myriad of special bonus features, I expected the RTP to be higher. I don’t think that not getting payouts frequently enough is the problem though. It’s that most of the payouts are very small and big ones are so hard to get.
The volatility of a slot refers to the tendency of the game to alternate between getting very hot and very cold. Slots with high volatility can be very exciting to play but also unnerving when there are wild bankroll swings.
Fortune Coin does not fit that description. It has low-medium volatility. This means that you will most likely experience some up and down bankroll swings but not extreme ones in either direction.
Combined with this game’s lackluster RTP, the fact that the volatility level is fairly low is probably a good thing, especially for low stakes players who can’t afford big losses.
Fortune Coin Symbols
Just as you would expect in a slot game with 243 ways to win, Fortune Coin includes lots of different symbols: 11 regular symbols and three special symbols.
The five higher paying regular symbols are statues of different animals. However, except for the highest paying symbol, the lion, it is virtually impossible to discern which animal each symbol is supposed to represent. Since an easy way to tell them apart is by the color of the background, that is what we do in the paytable that follows.
The six lower paying regular symbols are the playing cards 9-Ace.
Fortune Coin Paytable
No. of Coins Paid Out for Different Winning Combinations
|Red background lion statue||1,500||250||50|
|Green background statue||1,000||100||25|
|Purple background statue||500||50||20|
|Light blue background statue||200||25||15|
|Dark blue background statue||100||20||5|
As in other 243 ways to win slots, winning combinations are formed when three or more identical symbols line up in any position on adjacent reels. However, if the same symbol lands more than once on the same reel, it multiplies the prize.
The three special symbols include a wild symbol, a bonus symbol, and a Lucky Coin.
The wild symbol is a golden dragon. It has no monetary value on its own, but it can substitute for any other symbol except the bonus symbol and Lucky Coin to help form winning combinations.
The bonus symbol is a large medallion with an animated dragon. If three or more land simultaneously anywhere on the reels, you will trigger the Free Spins bonus.
Anytime you get one or more large gold coins to land on the reels, you’re an instant winner. The sound of gong precedes the grand reveal for each coin showing you what you have won.
Fortune Coin Special Features
Fortune Coin is a simple enough slot game to appeal to beginners, but special features galore will keep veteran players interested, too.
Synchronized Reel Feature
Before each spin, one or more reels will be randomly selected to have one symbol stacked. The stacked symbol is also randomly chosen, and it can be any symbol except the bonus symbol.
Fortune Coin Feature
This is an easy feature to trigger. All you need is for at least one gold coin to show up, and you’re an automatic winner. But sometimes multiple stacks of them land. Since each coin holds a separate prize, one can indeed win a fortune!
Usually, you win instant cash. The cash prizes are 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 100, 200, 500, or 1,000x your coin size.
Or you can win the chance to try for big money in either the Free Spins or Jackpot bonus game.
Free Spins Bonus
As mentioned, three or more bonus symbols appearing simultaneously anywhere on the reels will trigger the Free Spins bonus. However, the number of Free Spins you receive depends on how many bonus symbols show up–3, 4, or 5.
- 3 bonus symbols: 10 Free Spins
- 4 bonus symbols: 15 Free Spins
- 5 bonus symbols: 20 Free Spins
You also get a scatter pays prize of 2x, 10x, or 50x your total bet, respectively, before starting the Free Spins.
The Free Spins use a different set of reels with all of the playing card symbols removed, giving you a better chance for higher payoffs.
You can also trigger the Free Spins bonus by winning it as a prize in the Fortune Coin feature.
In addition, the feature can be retriggered over and over again (for up to 1,000 spins) each time three or more bonus symbols appear again while the Free Spins are in progress.
However, the Free Spins are very hard to trigger even once. Don’t count on it happening.
Jackpot Bonus Feature
Fortune Coin also offers a chance at four fixed jackpots. They include a Mini Jackpot worth 500 coins, a Minor Jackpot worth 1,000 coins, a Major Jackpot worth 2,500 coins, and a Maxi Jackpot worth 10,000 coins.
But first things first. There’s only one way to trigger the Jackpot Bonus, and that’s to win it as a prize in the Fortune Coin Feature.
It’s a longshot, but if it happens, there is no way you can walk away empty-handed. A jackpot is guaranteed, and you might even win all four jackpots. It all depends on what happens in the pick’em game.
You will be asked to keep picking one Jackpot Bonus symbol at a time from all of the symbols on display until you either pick three with the same size jackpot or the Award All icon. Three of a kind will award you that jackpot while the Award All will award you all four jackpots!
Along the way, you might also pick Boost, Super Boost, or Mega Boost symbols, all of which act as jackpot multipliers. There is also a Free Spins icon, which awards the Free Spins bonus.
So, a lot of great things can happen in this bonus round. However, the best outcome of all would be to pick the Award All icon and win all four jackpots at once!
The Bottom Line
Your prospects of winning a fortune playing this game might be better if it had a higher RTP. However, Fortune Coin is still a highly entertaining online slot that should appeal to a wide range of players.