We often harp on developers for releasing half-baked Chinese slots on the market. Throw in some red and gold, a few traditional oriental icons, and call it a day. When they first started getting popular, this was the standard modus operandi.
While this still happens, at least we can say that the situation is getting better. If you need proof of that, consider RTG’s 2018 release titled I, Zombie. With cool visuals, a tense atmosphere and a full embrace of foreign culture, it shows how Chinese games should be done.
The symbols are a mixed bag. Some look fantastic, like the human characters and the zombies. Meanwhile, they share the reels with playing card icons. To be fair to the developers, they tried to make them fit in a little bit. But it takes a little more than a few cracks to accomplish that.
The title has a horror theme, and it was appropriately released on Halloween in 2018. It was around this time that we have seen RTG improve their visuals immensely, too.
The gorgeous atmosphere and superb animations may not be NetEnt’s level, but it is still a massive leap forward.
The slot has medium volatility, offering a balance between big jackpots and engaging gameplay.
Kung Fu Zombies
I, Zombie is played on a 5×3 board with 25 flexible paylines. That means players can lower their minimum bet by turning off some or all paylines. By doing so, you also decrease your chances of creating winning combinations.
We were unable to find any information on the game’s RTP. Because of that, we cannot recommend playing it, as the house edge might be atrociously high. It is a shame, because RTG has made great strides to improve in all other aspects.
By changing your line bet and the number of active paylines, gamblers can adjust their total bet. Wagers can range between $0.01 up to $62.50 per spin.
Oddly enough, the developers downgraded their Autoplay options. Now, you can only pick up to 100 auto spins, or until the special feature is activated. Players can no longer set a loss or win limit, or place a single win threshold.
Pays are granted by collecting three or more identical symbols following the active paylines going from left to right. This rule does not apply to Scatters, which can pay from any position on the reels. The Jiangshi Wild are the most valuable icon, followed by the elder sensei and his young, knife-wielding student.
After them come shambling zombies, a golden bell, and zombified playing card icons: 9, 10, J, Q, K and A.
When a Wild or Scatter appear on the board, they have a chance to create two more Wilds that will cover the remaining positions on the reel that the Wild or Scatter are currently on.
When three or more mirror Scatters land on the playing field, they trigger the free spins. Two free spins are awarded for each Wild or Scatter present on the reels when the special feature fires. Prizes double if four Scatters activate the bonus or triple in case of five mirrors. All Wilds or Scatters that appear while the special feature is active are guaranteed to expand.
Pros & Cons
While still not quite on par with some of the other slot machine makers at the time, I, Zombie showed some progress in the right direction as far as updating the graphics and appearance with this title.
You may feel a tad disappointed in the fact that this machine has nothing to do with the short-lived comic or the even shorter-lived TV show, but you may have a good time anyway if you happen to be tired of the same old fruit or stars n’ bars themed slots.