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Journey to the West is one of four classic Chinese novels written during the Ming Dynasty. If you are familiar with the tale, you will have a rough idea of what awaits you in this pokie, with Xuanzang (the story’s central character and pilgrimaging monk), the Monkey King, and the evil Skeleton Queen (Baigujing) all taking starring roles in the game.

Genesis Gaming aren’t the only developers to have had a crack at this theme in the pokie world of late, but the sheer number of special features and the glossy design of this slot’s graphics outweigh any attempts by rival developers to muscle in on Genesis’ turf with this theme.

How to play

Players will note that there isn’t too much to write home about in terms of wagers here. Journey to the West features a tried and tested 5-reel, 25-line gaming platform and players are not going to be able to get out of that. Paylines are fixed. However, coin denominations certainly aren’t, with players able to select coin sizes of $0.01 ranging up to $2 a pop. This all makes the new video slot a rather cheap game to play, with players finding bets stemming from $0.25 at their cheapest, up to $50 at their costliest.

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Win Both Ways: The first thing to note about the Journey to the West slot is that wins don’t have to come from left to right. It isn’t common in slots, but this one will allow you to win with combinations which run from right to left, too.

Wild symbols: Now here’s where you can get excited. There are two wild symbols in this slot. One of them is rather dull (a scroll) although it is a stacked wild, which can result in nifty wins being acquired. The other is a lotus symbol, and bagging these next to other special symbols can trigger impressive features. The downside to this extra special lotus wild? It only appears on the third reel.

Prophet Enlightenment bonuses: There are four prophet symbols in the game (which act as special icons). Landing the Monkey King next to the lotus wild will offer a click and win bonus round. Pocketing Sandy next to the same wild will offer you random wilds, and in many ways, the pig bonus (triggered by landing pigs next to wilds) offers relatively the same thing. The monk bonus stands out, though, since it offers a re-spin feature. It requires you to land monks next to lotus wilds, as you may have figured.

Skeleton Queen (Baigujing) Battle: The big bonus of the game – and the most thematic, we might add – is reserved for last. The Skeleton Queen known as Baigujing – the nemesis in the story – can do battle with the Monkey King if players collect 7 golden peaches from the fifth reel. In the epic bonus, players can attempt to wipe out the Skeleton Queen over 3 levels, whilst trying to keep their own HP (health bar) as intact as possible. The more successful you are in this fight, the more you will win.

Maximum pay-outs

There are three ways that players can pocket 100 coins (the non-progressive jackpot) in this slot. You could try to kick a little behind in the Skeleton Queen Battle bonus, or you could have a right good time in the re-spin feature. It may just prove easier to bag 5 stacked wilds across the reels, though.


Given how entertaining Journey to the West is, and how popular it has proven to be since its launch, we wouldn’t be surprised if Genesis Gaming unveils a sequel, perhaps another major Chinese literature classic in the future? In the meantime, there’s more than enough to be getting on with here.

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