Mongol Treasure Slot Review
Apart from my extensive patronage of Mongolian barbecue restaurants, what else do I know about this ancient empire? Very, Very little. So, before this review I decided to remedy that with some research:
Back to the all important Mongolian barbecue (because food always comes first with me). The mystic of this delicious food was a bit shattered for me when I discovered it was in fact invented in Taiwan in the mid 1950's!
The word “Mongol” came into being under the reign of Genghis Khan as a term of reference for the tribes under his control. At its height, the Mongol empire stretched over 9 million square miles with over 100 million subjects.
Genghis Khan revolutionized warfare by subdividing the army into different units and rewarding loyalty ahead of birthrights.
He also supported literacy and exempted the poor from paying tax.
A small group of the Merkit tribe kidnapped Genghis Khan's wife. After rescuing her, he pretty much spent the next 20 years relentlessly attacking and eventually decimating the Merkits. (Wow this guy made Liam Neeson in “Taken” look like Pee-wee Herman!)
Mongol Treasure is a somewhat cheery looking video slot by Endorphina which is designed to work on all devices and platforms. There's a combination of raw simplicity and peaceful tranquillity in this game, which truth be told, I found surprising. Given their warring nature, I was expecting some sort of high energy battle, but there was instead, a subdued power to both the surroundings and characters. This got me thinking: We memorialise them only in the context of the wars they waged, but not the lives that their millions of subjects lived.
Mongol Treasure is a high volatility 5 reel and 10 payline slot. Apart from the somewhat disappointing candy-colored 10-Ace icons, all the symbols transport you to the rough, yet beautiful Mongolian realm: Mongol Man (sounds like a superhero), Mongol Woman and 3 horses. The woman serves as both the scatter and wild, able to substitute for all other symbols. The controls have the same muted colors as the rest of the game but seem too modern. Up top is the Credits display while down below lies Bet, Menu (including Paytable and Advanced Autoplay options), Total Bet (with adjustor), Auto, Spin and Lines. You'll have to follow orders and play this slot at the pace that Genghis dictates, because there's no Turbospin.
After each winning spin in regular play, there's a “Take Risk” option. If you choose to partake, you get a double or nothing bet on a high card choice against the dealer.
3 or more scatters anywhere activates 10 re-triggerable Free Spins with a random special expanding symbol. Before the Free Spins begin, the random special expanding symbol is revealed behind an ornate wooden door.
The Maximum win in Mongol Treasure is 500 000 coins. Maybe I can buy my own Mongolian barbecue establishment?
The graphics are like oil paintings from a different era. While the music was suitably evocative, I did, however, find the sound effects a bit peculiar (I could swear every 30 seconds or so a woman says “Huh?”). I tested Mongol Treasure on various platforms and only encountered one problem: On Linux Chrome it defaulted to the mobile version. Apart from this, its performance was flawless.
There are plenty of slots with more features and better graphics, but nonetheless, Mongol Treasure still proves to be a worthy diversion. It's superb Free Spins feature coupled with an stirring theme definitely make this one worth a spin!