Chi Slot Review – ELK Studios
ELK Studios is not spoken of as much as other big providers, they do have some high-quality games, but I feel they are underrated in the casino community. They were mainly known for hits such as Hong Kong Tower. But their more recent release ‘Ecuador Gold‘ has helped the provider stand out in the casino community. Ecuador Gold is such a great release, both visually and based on volatility. Can they continue with more single slot releases to help them stand out? Time to learn more in our Chi slot review. They have announced their next slot which is titled ‘Chi,’ this has a current release date of ‘7th May‘ on all sites.
This slot does have a saturated theme of Asian inspired artwork, but it is unique. I always admire ELK’s art team as the artwork in most of their slots is very detailed. The background is filled with picturesque scenery and cherry blossom trees, with the slot center of the screen. The slot is based on Chi the spirit of fire and Mow the sense of wins. These two will help you by using their powers. Also, the soundtrack playing while you spin is very relaxing.
The slot setup is unique with a five reel by three rows vertical, and this includes 27 pay lines which pay in both directions. The set RTP is 96%, along with a max win of 12,500x which is crazy and possibly ELK’s most volatile release. You can bet from £0.20 – £20. This slot is action packed with a bonus game, free spins and random wilds to benefit from.
Chi Slot Review Paytable & Symbols
This slot has 11 symbols in total which includes four low paying symbols. These are represented by fish, cups, fans, and flutes. These symbols have different vibrant colours to represent each. There are also 4 high paying symbols represented by jade stones, gourds, lanterns, and lotus. There is also a wild symbol, bonus symbol, and free spins symbol. The highest paying symbol is the lotus.
Chi Slot Review Features
In the base game, two different features can be triggered when a totem symbol line up. An animation will play to show which feature you have activated, the red totem will activate Chi, and the blue totem will activate Mow.
- Chi = Generates fireballs which adds 1-6 wilds to reels.
- Mow = Hits multiplier gong (2x-5x)
Another feature is called ‘Stairway To Fortune,’ this is triggered when 3 bonus scatters symbols land on any reels. Chi will draw a random number between 1-6, Mow will move these steps along the path of increasing multipliers. This will continue until chi draws ‘Collect.’ You can win up to 10,000x on this feature.
The last feature which is central to the slot is the free spins feature; this is activated when 3 or more free spins scatter symbols land on any reels. 3 Scatters Award = 10 Free Spins, 4 Scatters Awarded = 15 Free Spins, And 5 Scatters Awarded = 20 Free Spins. You can retrigger unlimited times in these free spins though. During spins, all wilds created by Chi’s power become sticky for the duration of spins. Mow will award a progressive multiplier starting at 2x and reaching max 5x. So there are great features to benefit from during these free spins.
Overall, I am very impressed by ELK Studios. This slot is very unique and has great volatility. It might be their most volatile slot release to date. I love the theme even though it has some Asian inspiration it does have different artwork compared to other slots with the same theme. I am excited to play this for myself on release 7th May. Not too far ahead! As always, check out our Twitch stream, which is where you can see us play all these games live.
Gameplay – 4/5
Bonus Feature – 4/5