Chinese Kitchen

Published: 07/01/2013

One of the world’s great cuisines is Chinese. It has spread throughout the world, with restaurants popping up on every continent. So well loved is this type of food that software developer Playtech decided to create a slot game in its honor—Chinese Kitchen—albeit with a slightly humourous edge.

Chinese Kitchen follows a format pioneered by Playtech in 2004 with the re-release of their Gold Rally slots. It features 9 positions, each of which functions as an independent reel. There just 8 paylines—three horizontal, three vertical and two diagonal. However, unlike Gold Rally, there is no second screen bonus game here.

The grid of reels appears on the left of the display window, the basic controls are at the bottom and a scene depicting two Chinese chefs is on the right. Indicators for Win, Bet and Line Bet can be seen just below the pots and pans cooking on the stove. Keep an eye out for the lid on one of the pots to come open and release a little steam from time to time during play.

Players select which lines to bet on by clicking on the payline indicators numbered 1 through 8 around the outside of the grid of reels. When a payline is selected, a thin coloured line will display across the active reels. It is also possible to choose all eight paylines by clicking on “All Lines” under the bottom row of reels.

The player may select a credit denomination ranging from €0.01 to €5.00 by using the +/- toggles adjacent to the wager display at the lower left corner of the screen. The number of credits bet per line can vary from 1 to 3 and it is adjusted by using the “Bet One” button on the control panel. Clicking on Bet Max will apply a wager of 3 credits to all lines selected, but it does not change the number of lines picked or the denomination of each credit. The maximum total wager is €120 per spin.

Clicking on the Paytable button will bring up a screen showing the payouts for all wining combinations. There are nine different symbols on the reels, each depicting a different type of Chinese dish. The Crab is the most robust of the symbols, paying 2X, 10X or 100X times the line bet when appearing on an active payline one, twice or three times, respectively.

The other eight symbols that appear on the reels of Chinese Kitchen each require an alignment of three matches to yield a payout. From lowest to highest, the Starfish is worth a line multiplier of 10X, the Octopus is valued at 20X, the Caterpillar awards 30X, and the Fish is worth 40X. Higher still are the Duck at 80X, the Frog worth 100X and the Snail producing a payout of 200X. The top prize is 1000X for catching three Turtle symbols on an active payline.

Although there are no Wilds, Scatters or Bonus symbols on the Chinese Kitchen slot, the payouts are frequent and the pace is fast. Winning combinations do not trigger any animation, but there are some sound effect that are rather unusual, to say the least, in keeping with the not-so-serious theme of the game.

Chinese Kitchen does not feature a button on the main screen for activating Autoplay. Instead, the control can only be accessed through the pull-down “Tools” menu at the very top of the screen. Then, using the +/- toggles next to the spins indicator that appears in the lower right corner of the screen will set the number of auto spins. It is also possible to type directly into the counter window and set the number of spins up to 9,999 maximum.

Additional Autoplay options can be found by clicking the expanded menu arrows on the very left of the Autoplay display. Use these to set “stop loss” and “overall win” limits. There are also +/- toggles for adjusting the length of the delay between spins, too.

Published on: 07/01/2013

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