The Great Archer is part of Chinese mythology. His name is Hou Yi and he is known as the one who shot down 9 out of 10 suns. He saved the world from the upcoming apocalypse caused by scorching by them. After the gods pleaded with him, he decided to leave one of the suns in the sky.
The slot is created by D-Tech, powered by Microgaming and is aimed at Asian players but not only at them. The payouts and chances for wins are good and will attract all kinds of players. The slot was released in January so, you can try it for free and for real play if you wish to.
The Great Archer is a slot with 5 reels, 4 rows and up to 1,024 ways to win. To score wins, you need to land 2 to 5 matching symbols on adjoining reels from the leftmost to the right. The exception is only the scatter. It pays in any position and triggers and retriggers free spins. You can play with wagers from 0.40 to 40 credits on all kinds of devices.
The slot has a medium level of volatility and an RTP of 96.81%. It includes scatter wins and from 8 to 20 free spins. You can also add from retriggers 5 to 20 more free rounds on each occasion. During these rounds, you will benefit from wild multipliers of x2 or x3 by chance. The maximum boost for a win during a free spin is x27.
The jackpot win per spin in The Great Archer is 3,840 times your stake from a full screen of the Archer symbol. In free spins, an x27 multiplier boost makes the top payout 103,680 times your stake!
The game is set on a lush and green meadow with green prevailing in the base game. The grid is beautifully designed and framed. The background of the reels is in dark olive green colour. The meadow around it reveals grass, flowers and rocks. The symbols include card royals and all kinds of items. There is a green cobra, a brown pearl in a jewellery box, an archery target, bow and arrows.
You will also see a fiery sun, a crow and Hou Yi himself. The symbols aren’t very detailed or precise but look colourful and nice. The soundtrack is melodic, tranquil and mixes with the sounds of the reels and wins. The free spins are in fiery theme with orange and red prevailing on and around the grid. The music is more cheerful and dynamic during these rounds.
There are 11 regular symbols in the game, a wild and a scatter. Wins are awarded for 2 to 5 symbols landed on adjacent positions from the leftmost reel to the right.
The low-paying ones are 6 card royals. Landing 2, 3, 4 or 5 symbols of the 9 give you 0.05, 0.125, 0.25 and 1 time your stake. The 10 pays 0.125, 0.25 and 1 time your stake for 3, 4 and 5 symbols on successive reels. The J, Q, K and A have the same value – 3, 4 and 5 of a kind pay 0.125, 0.50 and 1.25 times your stake.
The premiums are 5 symbols. The green cobra and the practice archery target pay 0.375, 0.75 and 2.50 times your stake for 3, 4 and 5 identical symbols on the proper positions. The bow and arrows and the brown pearl in a jewellery box pay 0.75, 1.25 and 3.75 times your stake for 3, 4 and 5 of a kind. The Archer – Hou Yi is the most rewarding of all and 2, 3, 4 and 5 symbols return 0.25, 1, 2.50 and 3.75 times your stake.
The wild is the blazing sun symbol and it replaces all others except scatters. You can see it in the base game and free spins.
The scatter is the crow and the only symbol that doesn’t need to land on adjacent positions to give you payouts. It pays the most of all symbols and triggers Free Spins as follows:
If you land scatter symbols during free spins, they won’t pay the same way as when triggering. Retriggering happens as follows:
During free spins, the wild symbol becomes a wild multiplier. It increases the winning combinations it is part of. The multiplier can have a random value of x2 or x3 and the chances for either is equal. If you get more than one wild that takes parts of winning combinations, its values increase. The maximal boost from the multiplier wilds is x27 from 3 multipliers of x3.
The Great Archer is a bullseye hit and will attract Asian and players from all walks of life. Its max payout per spin of 103,680x and RTP at 96.81% are high enough to suit all tastes. The multipliers can combine during free spins and ensure 27x boost, which is more than lucrative.
Using wagers from 0.40 to £40 you can pocket great payouts playing this medium volatile slot. Games with a similar theme include Long Pao, Hou Yi, Legend of Hou Yi and others.