Lucky 88 is a game based on the age-old belief of the Chinese that 88 is the number that brings luck and fortune. The theme of the game clearly reflects this belief, and even the symbols in the reels, the music used in the beginning of the game, and even the fonts used are part of the Oriental feel. Players will find themes and even various prizes derived from the lucky number 88 on virtually every single spin.

This game is a 5 reel slot game with 25 pay lines, and has some interesting features, such as multipliers, wilds, scatters and free games that improve the chances of winning. The story line of Lucky 88 is a fairly simple, and it is an easy game to play.  The traditional red background is full to the brim with symbols reminiscent of Chinese culture, with all the historical and ancestral lucky charms. The player will find golden lions, cranes, a pagoda and a Chinese drum, a Temple of Heaven symbol and paper lamps of folk lore. There are high card values, A, K, Q, J 10 and 9. A Chinese man in his time honoured attire is the Wild symbol, and can replace all other symbols on the reels except the red lantern scatter symbol, in order to form a winning combination.

Graphics and Sounds

While the Chinese theme is emphasized in the graphics, there are also numerous sound effects that appear during the game, that are also connected to the theme. When the players hits a win there will be an explosion of firecrackers, and sometimes the sound of the traditional Chinese gong.

There is an extra choice button that can be activated too, and the lucky dice feature offers several choices of options, some of which will offer some really impressive wins.

How to Play Lucky 88

The number 88 is the most identifiable aspect of the theme of this game. Players will encounter all sorts of Chinese style images on the reels, and even in the bonus features too. The background itself can change to keep the action fresh, and reels are full of the symbols like Dragon statues and Chinese lanterns

The Chinese Man symbol acts as the Wild Card, and also gives the player the opportunity to apply a multiplier of up to 88 times the original prize value on any win line in which he appears. The Chinese paper lantern is also crucial to the action, as it is the scatter symbol of Lucky 88. This symbol offers the player a payout whenever two or more appear on a single spin, regardless of the order in which they appear.  Three lanterns will pay double value of the player’s bet, while four appearing at once will reward the player with eight times the wager. There is, however, the opportunity of a very lucrative bonus payout occurs when five at once appears. The payout is then 188 times the total bet.

As with many scatter symbols at, the Lantern can award a prize, and also offers players access to the bonus round when spinning in three or more. There is the added advantage of allowing players to trade spins for multipliers, which means either more spins with a lower multiplier, or fewer spins and the prize value increased. The player can experiment with the bonus selections as he wishes.

Jonas Ulseth