Happy Golden Ox of Happiness Slot

Real Time Gaming celebrates the year of the ox with a new, progressive jackpot video slot, Happy Golden Ox of Happiness. It will be happiness all over the world too as RTG software based online casinos are available to all, even US players who struggle to find a good online casino to play at.

Brightly coloured graphics and the cheerful Asian-theme of this 50 line slot can be played at its fixed value of $1.00 per spin.
The star of this slot is the golden ox symbol. It is the wild symbol of the game and substitutes for all other symbols, with the exception of the scatter, to complete a win.

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Detailed review:

The golden ox is also the highest paying symbol and awards you the progressive jackpot if five oxen appear on a pay line during regular play. If five appear on a pay line during feature plays, you will still be awarded nicely with 8,888 coins.

His role in the game continues when he appears on reels one and five at the same time. This will trigger the re-spin feature in which reels one and five are held as the remaining three re-spin up to eight times. On the first re-spin your prize carries a 1x multiplier. The second re-spin gives you a 3x multiplier, the fourth a 4x multiplier, and so on.

The free spin feature cannot be re-triggered during re-spin play, nor can the progressive jackpot be won during this time either.

The second feature of the game is triggered when three or more of the Year of the Ox scatter symbols appear anywhere on the screen. You’ll be awarded eight free spins with a 3x multiplier during play plus your win for the scatters.

During free spin play, the feature can be re-triggered. The re-spin feature can also be triggered at this time. And, should that happen, your first re-spin of eight begins with a 3x multiplier, the second with 4x and so on.

Just like the re-spin feature, the progressive jackpot cannot be won during free spin play, however, if five oxen appear you’ll be awarded 8,888 coins with the multiplier at your time of play in the feature!

My Play
I started play with $49. On the twenty-seventh spin of the game I was fortunate to win $65.28 having three of the wild ox symbols complete a win for me, thereby increasing my purse to continue play.
Of a total of 209 spins taken, the wild ox completed a total of 34 wins for me 922 times a single ox, 10 time with 2 symbols, and twice with 3.
The scatter symbol only appeared in series of twos for me nine times, so I never got awarded free spin play, now awarded the re-spin feature at any time.

Overall
Although this slot is very appealing to the eye and the features quite enticing, not to mention the progressive jackpot, I find it one I would only play if I have some extra cash to potentially “blow”.
I’ve found, after giving it a whirl six times now, that the ‘hit’ consistency is just not there. Sometimes it will hit a payer on three spins back-to-back, other times you won’t hit a thing for up to ten spins in a row.
I’ve also seen that you definitely need the wild symbol to appear, as often as it can, in order to at least sustain play, and then hope to be fortunate to have more than one complete a higher paying combo for you.
Never once in my six times of play on this slot did I ever trigger the free spin or bonus feature. And, with fifty lines of play at a fixed value of $1.00, the reality is that I’m spinning only two cents per line & know the payout won’t be all that high on any regular paying combination without that wild ox.

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