NetEnt has compiled a set of games with Asian-centric themes in an effort to bolster their presence in the Far East. There are now six in NetEnt’s roadmap, all of them are re-skins of existing games. I really don’t feel like reviewing them all, so here’s a quick rundown instead.
The Twin Spin clone, Twin Happiness
Mercy of the Gods clone Happy Panda
Delicious Honey Fruity (a replica of Fruit Market)
Which Bride Is It? (an exact copy of Dead or Alive)
Original phrase: Imperial Wealth.
If you’ve been around for a few of years, it probably won’t be too hard to identify which old NetEnt game that has been copied and re-branded as King of 3 Kingdoms. We’ll save the reveal till the review’s conclusion to keep some of you wondering. However, here are a few pointers. Playable on all platforms from $0.25 to €/$125 per spin, it has a 5-reel, 243-ways gaming engine. King of 3 Kingdom, a game with an Ancient Chinese theme and a free spins bonus where winnings are quadrupled and re-triggers are common, is a very unpredictable offering.
The creators at NetEnt have cloned this game, but instead of focusing on one great civilization, they’ve chosen to highlight another. Or in the words of NetEnt; “King of 3 Kingdoms takes players back in time, to an era where the mighty Asian king conquered the three kingdoms.” The lower-value A through 9 card suites, together with warriors, and the three kings, populate the reels against a backdrop of flames. The highest paying symbol is the blue king, which will return 60 times your wager for a full payline of five of them. A colorful map of the three kingdoms, reminiscent of the board game Risk, stands in for the wild sign. The wild symbol, which appears on reels 2 and 4, is a replacement for all other symbols (save the scatter) in the game.
Features in NetEnt’s King of Three Kingdoms
The Free Spins bonus round is King of 3 Kingdoms’ and only additional feature. In order to trigger the bonus round, you must land three dragon scatter symbols on adjacent reels, starting with the leftmost reel. Three, four, or five scatters will provide 15, 20, or 25 free spins, respectively. All wins are tripled while battle yells and drums play in the background. Free spins can be re-triggered many times, potentially increasing your total by 25 spins every re-trigger.
Final Say on NetEnt’s “King of 3 Kingdoms”
That settles the matter, period. King of the Three Kingdoms is, if you haven’t guessed it, a carbon copy of Victorious. Although it has fallen into relative obscurity after its 2011 debut, it quickly became a commercial success for the corporation. King of 3 Kingdoms is a carbon copy of Victorious, offering no new content to the genre, but the goal of the publication was obviously to localize the game for an Asian audience. King of 3 Kingdoms is, at heart, a calculated release that has a good chance of achieving the same kind of success in Asia as it did in Europe.