MAHJONG MASTERS


MAHJONG MASTERS QUICK START GUIDE

Mahjong Masters is a 5 x 4 reel slot with an RTP of 96% and a medium variance. KA Gaming released the slot game on 27th January 2019. It has 50 bet ways, wilds, scatter symbols, and a point system in the free games bonus.

ABOUT MAHJONG THE GAME

Mahjong is a table game that is highly popular in China and other Asian countries. It is a game made up of blocks, or tiles, the game is won or lost based on luck but different strategies are involved also. The game normally requires 4 players, and the aim of the player is to complete a combination of tiles called a hand. It works like card game, albeit the materials used are tiles in style.

Mahjong has been played for over 2500 years, there is 136 tiles in a game set which is 36 characters, 16 Wind tiles, 36 circle tiles, 36 bamboo tiles (these tiles are sorted into numbers from 1 to 9), and 12 Dragon tiles. Some Mahjong games also have 4 flower tiles and 4 season tiles for a total of 144 tiles in the game set.

Generally it is a 4 player game but sometimes only 2 or 3 people will play, it’s easy to play but it’s hard to be good at it. The aim of the game is to gather tiles to form a Mahjong hand from the 13 tiles you have been dealt and by swapping them out. Players take turns choosing a tile from the wall and discarding 1 tile they don’t want to form hands. Many variations of game rules and scoring exist from country to country.

REEL SYMBOLS

Unlike other mahjong-related slots, this one features four characters—people who are drawn as cartoons. They are supposedly players of the game. The five-reel slot sits on top of what seems to be a mahjong table, which is made of green felt.

The high-value symbols in the game are:

  • Old Man
  • Young Man
  • Old Woman
  • Young Woman

Instead of using letters and numbers, the slot game uses mahjong tiles. There are six different mahjong tiles that pay between $25 and $1,250 at the highest bet. Overall, there are 12 symbols to spin here, including the wild and the scatter.

BASE GAME SYMBOLS & PAYS

The payouts in the slot game are all shown as currency values. They change as you increase your bet size. The table below is the payout for the highest bet.

PAYTABLE
Number of Appearance in a Pay Line SYMBOLS
Old Woman Old Man Young Man Young Woman Mahjong Table
5 25,000 12,500 5,000 2,500 2,500
4 2,500 1,250 1,000 250 250
3 500 250 250 100 100
2 25 25

The betting window is between $0.50 and $250. However, this applies only if you bet on all 50 lines. You can adjust the number of active lines in the game.

The lowest is five active lines per round. With that choice, you only have to pay $25 for the maximum bet. You can still win $25,000, but your chances are significantly reduced. If the top combo landed on a line where you have no bet, you will not win that prize.  It is always best to spin the reels with all the lines active.

BONUS GAMES & FEATURES

The two main features here are the wild and scatter symbols.

  • Wild – a casino chip symbol that substitutes for all other symbols except the scatter. The wild does not pay cash and it does not award multipliers.
  • Scatter – a block with three dice. You need to land three of it to win free games. The prizes are:
  • 5x – 28 free spins
  • 4x – 18 free spins
  • 3x – 8 free spins

NB: During the free spins bonus round, a scatter symbol opens up another type of bonus. If you land a scatter symbol during the free games, the die inside that symbol will spin. Based on the result of the die, you can win more prizes. You can win between 1x and 168x of your total bet with the dice bonus.

SUMMARY

We will rate this slot with 6.6 out of 10 points. It has a wild and scatter, but they do not pay wins directly. The four rows also make it unnecessarily difficult to land a winning combination. This game also gears away from the traditional way of winning cash from the scatter symbol.

Here, you have to land scatter symbols within the free games bonus before you get a cash prize. It would have been better if you win the prize based on the number of scatter symbols you landed. A multiplier from the wild, if used on a win, is also a great feature that is not present in this game.

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