Slot review breakdown
Hong Kong Tower is an innovative slot game by ELK Studios. It doesn't have a free spins game but features wheels with prizes up to €300,000 and automated betting strategies which may help the player.
|Name:||Hong Kong Tower|
|Game Type:||Video slot|
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|Wheels of the Sky bonus feature||No free spins|
|Win up to €300,000 possible||No human characters|
|Automated betting strategies|
Hong Kong Tower is a visually impressive slot game by ELK Studios released in March 2017 with a mobile-first design. That means the symbols are a bit large, perhaps a bit too large for desktop, as everything is designed with smartphones and tablets in mind. The game is a bit different than other slot games, and in a good way, as it has two unique features at the expense of eliminating perhaps the most commong one.
Interesting thing about Hong Kong Tower is that there is no free spins bonus game, and it is replaced by a bonus feature named Wheels of the Sky where you get to spin the wheels for a prize. You first need to land three Scatter symbols on your reels to enter that game, and then you’ll get to spin the first reel. You can get up to five spins, and the aim is to reach the 3rd and last wheel which holds prizes up to 500 times your stake. You can spin multiple times to win up to 3,106x stake in this highly volatile offering, and with a £100 maximum bet per spin (bets can range from £0.20 to £100 for 99 fixed paylines), that means you can win more than £300,000 on this slot game.
Graphics of the game are very nicely done in high definition, and look good on mobile and desktop. However, there’s nothing that adds a human element to the theme so the game plays more like a fruit machine, as you only get to hope to land different symbols, which gets boring after a while if you’re used to seeing characters and faces in your slot games. Not that Hong Kong Tower isn’t visually impressive – it definitely is.
Another very interesting feature of Hong Kong Tower is the betting strategy. You can play without one, where the game will accept any stake you choose, or you can choose one of the four betting strategies. Optimizer will change the stake according to your remaining balance – 1, 2, 5 or 10 per cent. Leveller will raise the bet after five consecutive losses, Booster will raise the bet after every loss, and Jumper will raise the bet after a win. Since the game pays often and you’ll rarely go five spins without a decent win, it actually makes sense to use one of these automated betting strategies.
Theoretical return to player (RTP) is 96.30%, which is plenty, and the game feels like it’s paying well even during the base game. Of course, all the biggest wins will be coming from the bonus game feature where you get to spin those rewarding wheels. As that’s the only bonus game and it gets triggered frequently, there aren’t that many wins that are hidden from player and that you need to wait for a long time, most will be awarded during the base game and the bonus feature.