In Elk Studios' Hong Kong Tower online slot, we're off to the iconic Chinese city that never sleeps to take in views of the stunning skyline while soaring towards gigantic wins of up to 301, 650 coins.
One of the city's tallest skyscrapers forms the background of the slot, and at its top, three rotating wheels (N.B., the Wheels of the Sky) wait to help you hit the big time in the bonus game. Hong Kong Tower offers you ninety-nine ways to win with every spin, and whether you're a budget-conscious player or a high roller, you're sure to find a wager that suits from the broad betting range of 20p to £100. The game also comes with Mystery Symbols that can transform into any paytable symbol to create winning combinations.
More about the Software Provider
Elk Studios has been making unique slots with fun themes and innovative special features since launching in Sweden in 2012. It's best-known for creating slot games like Sam on the Beach, Wild Toro, Ivanhoe, DJ Wild, and Taco Brothers, all of which you can enjoy right here at Samba Slots.
As well as being mobile-friendly, Elk Studios titles come with exclusively developed betting strategies (N.B., Booster, Leveller, Jumper, and Optimizer) that automatically change your bet size according to preset playing styles. For example, Leveller raises your bet level by two after a five consecutive losing spins, and resets after a win.
Appearance and Sound Effects
When you first launch Hong Kong Tower, you're treated to a glorious view of the city's skyline by night before the camera zooms in then upwards on the tallest skyscraper, giving you the sensation of going up in a very fast elevator. From your location close to the top floor, you have a close-up of the semi-transparent reel set which contains a mix of Chinese-themed symbols and images representing the elements. There's a gold 7, a huge sparkling diamond, a bonsai tree, a lotus flower in full bloom, a Yin Yang Bonus symbol, the Hong Kong Tower logo, and the Wu Xing (a.k.a. the Five Elements) of wood, fire, earth, water, and metal.
As Hong Kong Tower is both oriental and futuristic in appearance, its soundtrack incorporates both styles. When the reels are stationary, all you can hear are the noises of traffic, car horns, and wind while when you create a winning combo, an oriental-themed tune briefly plays.
If you wish to use one of the four betting strategies in Hong Kong Tower (which are purely optional), you'll find them within the Settings Menu where you can also change the size of your total bet and set up the Auto-Play Feature.
Bonuses and Special Features
The Hong Kong Tower logo is called the Mystery Symbol, and when it lands on the reels, it reveals another symbol which counts as five Bonus symbols.
The Bonus symbol is the Yin Yang, and you need three, four, or five to come into view to trigger the Wheels of the Sky Bonus Game. Note that landing four or five Bonus symbols gives you one or two extra lives in the bonus game respectively.
There are three Wheels of the Sky, and the prize values shown on them get progressively larger. You start by spinning the blue wheel which contains prizes of 200 to 2,000. If the wheel lands on an empty section, you lose a life, and if you land on a blue wheel with an arrow, you progress to the next wheel. The green wheel is the middle wheel which contains prizes of 500 to 10,000, and like the blue wheel, you can lose lives or progress to the next wheel. The orange wheel is the final wheel where you can win prizes of between 1,000 and 50,000.
Hong Kong Tower uses five reels, three rows of symbols, and ninety-nine paylines, and has an excellent RTP (Return to Player Rate) of 96.30%.
The game is designed to work with desktops, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, and includes mobile-friendly game controls when played on mobile devices.
Hong Kong Tower is an interesting and highly innovative online slots game as it doesn't include the expected free spins bonus and wild symbols, but instead, chooses to use exciting features called Wheels of the Sky and Mystery Symbols. The theme is both unique and well-executed, and when combined with the authentic sound effects, makes you feel as though you're right in the heart of bustling Hong Kong.