Fu Dao Le is the unusual name for a popular Bally Technologies slot, which is a typical Mandarin phrase that's used over Chinese New Year. The "Fu" means luck or fortune and "Fu Dao Le" means "luck has arrived".
Once you take a closer look at the game on your mobile or desktop, you'll quickly begin to see why it's named after such a fortuitous saying. For instance, there's a special Wonus symbol which can trigger the Free Games Bonus and bless you with multiplier wilds and extra free spins. Then, there's the Clumped Wild which can trigger the Jackpot Bonus Feature, and finally, there's a Red Envelope symbol that can award its own jackpot.
Even Bally Technologies which is known for making feature-rich slot games has surpassed itself with Fu Dao Le. The question is, will you get lucky playing it and take home one of its five generous jackpot prizes?
More about the Software Provider
Bally Technologies has a long history in the entertainment industry, having started out in 1968 under the name "Advanced Patent Technology". It became Bally Technologies in 1996 when it began producing online slots, and in 2014, the company became one of four brands to form the brand known as Scientific Games.
Over the years, Bally has produced a myriad of exciting online slots, including Cirque Du Soleil Kooza, Cash Wizard, Lady Robin Hood, Michael Jackson King of Pop, and Vegas Hits.
Appearance and Sound Effects
Fu Dao Le clearly displays its oriental inspiration through the use of Chinese characters, paper lanterns, and a pair of laughing babies riding koi fish while clutching gold ingots. Perhaps, even more intriguing are the five sections at the top of the screen which show you the current values of the game's five jackpots.
The reel set – which is five by three – also displays an array of both Eastern and wealth-inspired symbols including the twin babies on their koi, gold nuggets, paper lanterns, loquats (round yellow fruit), envelopes with a dragon design, Chinese symbols, and playing card symbols adorned with gems and crowns. And, to accompany your playing experience, there's an upbeat oriental soundtrack.
Bonuses and Special Features
The Fu Dao Le slot features a red-and-gold Chinese symbol which acts as the wild, and it can also appear with a 2x and 3x multiplier. The wild can substitute for all symbols except the Red Envelope and the Wonus symbol. Reel 3 can sometimes contain a Clumped Wild, which is effectively a stack of wilds, and if the Clumped Wild is only partially in view, the game automatically nudges it up or down so that it covers the entire reel.
If you're wondering what a Wonus is, it's like a bonus symbol. It can only appear on the three middle reels in the base game, and when three appear on the screen, you get eight free spins with more of the 2x and 3x multipliers. It's also possible to win more free spins as additional Wonus symbols pop up on the reels.
As this slots game has multiple special features, you'll also notice Mystery Stacked Symbols that appear from time-to-time. Mystery Stacked Symbols reveal random paytable symbols with the aim of forming a winning combination.
To win the Red Envelope Jackpot, you'll need to land the Red Envelope symbol on the first and fifth reel. But, to stand a chance of winning the Mini, Minor, Major, or Maxi Jackpot, you're reliant on a full stack of Clumped Wilds landing on Reel 3 which has the potential to trigger the Jackpot Bonus Feature. If the Feature is initiated, you get to pick from a selection of fifteen coins until you reveal three identical ones. Depending on which matching coins you find, you'll win one of the four jackpots mentioned above.
Fu Dao Le uses five reels, three rows of symbols, and offers you 243 ways to win. It also has a high RTP (Return to Player Rate) of 96.00%.
The game is designed to work with desktops, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, and includes mobile-friendly game controls when played on mobile devices.
Fu Dao Le is as mysterious as the Ancient Orient, but with a bit of luck or "fu", you'll quickly learn how to unlock its secrets to benefit from free spins, mystery stacked reels, and clumped wilds. Plus, if you're particularly fortunate, you'll get your hands on the Red Envelope, Mini, Minor, Major, or Maxi progressive jackpot!