iSoftBet isn’t a brand known for taking daredevil risks or pioneering groundbreaking special effects within their games. They’re a bit more reliable than that. Tree of Fortune is a good example of a game which meets the minimum standard – it’s not great to look at, but it can provide a lucrative return.
As is typical of many games released in the past year or so, Tree of Fortune has a “Chinese” theme – though perhaps it’s more the Western perception of Chinese culture that we’re seeing. The soundtrack is fast-paced and bouncy, while the game’s graphics would fit right into to a land-based casino in the early naughties.
For all that the game’s aesthetic won’t draw crowds, the underlying machinery appears sound. There is a neat “pay to respin a reel” feature, and large wins seem to come up with relative regularity.
This is a game for the gambler, whose thoughts are on the prize rather than the experience of playing a fun, well-designed game.
In terms of design, Tree of Fortune is very classical. The symbols are bright and basic, featuring lots of card numbers, a lotus flower, some dominoes, the beckoning cat and a Chinese dragon. The background is a smouldering red, with gold trim around the reels. Overall, it’s quite pleasant.
Tree of Fortune is a 243 ways to win game, which means that you can’t select specific paylines – rather, they are all permanently active throughout the game. The slot is relatively high volatility (RTP ~95%) which means you can go for a lengthy run without any wins at all.
One upside is that, generally speaking, the win which does eventually arrive should be worth a good chunk of cash! Additionally, wins can be awarded left to right, right to left, and for adjacent symbols – again, this increases the chance of a good win when you don’t expect it.
Players are offered the chance, after every spin, to select a reel to spin again. You pay for the privilege, and the higher the potential reward from the respin, the more expensive it is. We’d advise that players ignore this feature for the most part, since it tends to be costly.
The other special feature is the free spins round, and that is definitely worth pursuing! Land 3 scatters in a single spin to unlock 15 free spins with a 3x multiplier. Spins can be retriggered as well, so expect to come away with heavy pockets after this one.
Despite having reasonable mechanics, the game just isn’t up to the standard we expect in 2018. The graphics feel cheap, and the design comes across as pretty lazy. If you enjoy high volatility games then give it a try, but you can always find equal results in better packaging if you shop around a bit.