Aristocrat brings their Choy Sun Doa slot, popular at land-based casinos worldwide, to the online market with this authentic adaptation. Choy Sun Doa fills the reels with Chinese good luck, good fortune symbols, and a choice of different bonus features.
The online version replicates the console game perfectly, appealing to fans of the original and to those who appreciate authentic casino slot games.
|Number of paylines:||243|
|Game theme:||Chinese, Good Luck|
|Min/Max bet:||$0.01 / $17.50|
|Coin denominations:||$0.01 – $0.10|
|Maximum standard win:||$700 in free play mode|
|Free spins:||5-20 per bonus round|
Theme and visuals
Choy Sun Doa, the God of Wealth, graces the reels as a wild symbol to help you score more wins. The wild symbol also awards wild multipliers in the free spins bonus games when part of a winning combination.
The God of Wealth is surrounded by other Chinese good-fortune symbols, including golden dragons, which offer the highest payouts, followed by lucky coins and jade rings. Koi and red envelope symbols also boast some higher paying combinations.
Golden ingot symbols are particularly lucky as they trigger the free spins bonus games. Playing card symbols (nines through aces) round out the reels as the lowest value symbols.
The online game looks and sounds the same as the original casino version of Choy Sun Doa. A Chinese mountainscape forms the backdrop, and the reels are adorned with golden dragons.
The sound effects are standard, retro, casino slot sounds, with traditional Chinese music in the background during the free spins bonus. The game’s background, interface, and reels remain the same throughout the game, including during the free spins bonus game.
Aristocrat stayed faithful to the casino slot game when creating its online replica, and the slot has not been updated to compete with new games designed for the online market. Fans of the original are sure to appreciate its authenticity.
If you are not familiar with the casino slot, you may find the design and gameplay to be dated and limited.
Betting options and paying combinations
Choy Sun Doa’s reels use Aristocrat’s “Reel Power” feature, which offers “ways to win” instead of standard, individual paylines. With the Reel Power feature, matching symbols can land anywhere on active adjacent reels, starting on the leftmost reel, to create winning combinations.
In Choy Sun Doa, you can choose how many reels / ”ways to win” to play:
- 1 active reel, 7 active reel positions / 3 ways to win
- 2 active reels, 9 active reel positions / 9 ways to win
- 3 active reels, 11 active reel positions / 27 ways to win
- 4 active reels, 13 active reel positions / 81 ways to win
- 5 active reels, 15 active reel positions / 243 ways to win
You can also choose from three different bet levels of one, three, and seven credits per spin in free play mode. To play, select the number of active reels you want, your bet per reel, and the coin value. Coin value options are $0.01, $0.02, $0.05, and $0.10 in free play mode, and minimum and maximum bets range from one credit up to 175 credits.
The paytable is not dynamic, and it only represents payout values for one-credit bets. You can multiply the values by your line bet to see what the payouts are for the higher bet levels.
The highest paying symbols are the golden dragons at 1,000 credits for a five-of-a-kind combination, and the lowest paying symbols are the nines, which pay five credits for three matching symbols (both with a one-credit bet).
The payouts for regular symbol combinations range from $0.05 to $10.00 with a one-credit bet, up to $0.35 to $70.00 with a seven-credit bet in free play mode (both with a $0.01 coin value). Multiply those values by ten if you are playing with a 10-cent coin value for the maximum payouts, which are $3.50 to $700.00.
Like other similar Aristocrat slots, Choy Sun Doa offers an auto start button that sets the reels spinning until you click the auto start button again (or once your balance is depleted). Auto spins can also run too fast for comfort, and there is no way to adjust the speed.
The return-to-player (RTP) percentage for this game is a solid 95.00%, which is average compared to other Aristocrat slots.
What jackpots are available?
The Choy Sun Doa slot game found on casino floors can feature local jackpot games, helping to make it a particularly popular slot. Unfortunately, the online version of the game does not offer any jackpot options.
Additional features and bonuses
The bonus action in Choy Sun Doa revolves around the free games bonus feature, where you can choose from five different games that award different combinations of free spins and multiplier options. Bonus features are sparse outside of the free spins bonus, compared to more feature-rich slots developed specifically for online players.
1. Wild symbols
Symbols depicting the “God of Wealth,” Choy Sun Doa, are wild in the base game and the free spins games. During the free spins bonus games, wild symbols also award multipliers when they are part of a winning combination.
2. Scatter symbols
Scatter symbols (golden ingot symbols) can trigger the free games feature, which awards you free spins and multipliers. Scatter symbols must be on adjacent reels to trigger the bonus feature, instead of scattered anywhere on the reels.
3. Free games feature (free spins bonus game)
Choose from five different bonus games. Each game is represented by a different colored fish, which awards a different number of free spins and multipliers. You can choose more free spins with smaller multipliers or fewer free spins with bigger multipliers:
- Yellow fish: 20 free spins and 2x, 3x, or 5x multipliers applied to all wild symbol wins
- Red fish: 15 free spins and 3x, 5x, or 8x multipliers applied to all wild symbol wins
- Blue fish: ten free spins and 5x, 8x, or 10x multipliers applied to all wild symbol wins
- Purple fish: eight free spins and 8x, 10x, or 15x multipliers applied to all wild symbol wins
- Green fish: five free spins and 10x, 15x, or 30x multipliers applied to all wild symbol wins
You can retrigger the free spins bonus game, and the new bonus game will start after the triggering game ends. You can select which of the five different bonus games you want to play for the new game as well.
3. Bonus prize
During the free spins bonus game, red envelope symbols that land anywhere on reels one and five award bonus prizes of two, five, ten, 15, 20, or 50 credits, which are multiplied by the number of credits played on the triggering spin.
4. Gamble feature
After a winning spin, you can choose to keep or gamble your winnings, including your total win from the free spins bonus feature. Bet on the color of a facedown card to double your winnings, or bet on the suit of the card to quadruple your winnings.
You can collect your winnings or continue to gamble your new total balance up to a maximum of five times. If you don’t win a bet, you lose the total gamble amount including the original win, and the gamble feature ends.
Who is this game ideal for?
Fans of the land-based casino version of Choy Sun Doa are sure to appreciate the authentic online version of the game. This game could also appeal to those who seek out authentic online versions of land-based casino slots, or to fans of Chinese-themed and good-fortune-themed slots.
Just like Choy Sun Doa is a popular penny slot at land-based casinos, the online version of the game is perfect for low-budget, penny-slot players as well. The low stakes and simple gameplay could be a good match for beginner players.
Similar games from Aristocrat
The most similar to Choy Sun Doa is 5 Dragons, with both games featuring similar symbols like golden dragons, lucky coins, and koi. The slots have similar bonus features, including a choice of five different free spins bonus games.
Unlike Choy Sun Doa, where you can choose how many reels and ways to win you want to play, 5 Dragons is played on a set five reels (with 243 ways to win), plus a +Extra bet that can award extra free spins in the bonus game.
Despite a similar Chinese theme and symbols, 50 Dragons pays on standard paylines instead of the “Reel Power” feature on the 5 Dragons and Choy Sun Doa reels. The 50 Dragons slot also does not offer different bonus game options but instead awards ten free spins with extra wilds on the reels.
Player-choice bonus game: Choose from five different bonus games with different free spins and multiplier variables, which appeal to different playing styles and strategies. Wild multipliers, retriggers, and bonus prizes sweeten the pot.
“Reel Power”: With Aristocrat’s “Reel Power,” choose how many reels, with how many “ways to win” you want to play. Instead of traditional win lines, matching symbols can land anywhere on adjacent reels to create winning combinations. Play five reels with 243 “ways to win,” compared to the five reels with 50 paylines found in many slots.
Authentic casino slot experience: This online slot is identical to the original casino game.
Popular penny slot: Perfect for low-budget, penny-slots players.
Easy gameplay: The options and features are simple enough for beginner players.
No jackpots: Choy Sun Doa casino slot fans could be disappointed that there aren’t jackpots in the online version of the game.
Glitchy gameplay: The reels can be glitchy and inconsistent, even though the graphics are relatively basic.
Limited bonus features: The game offers low bonus-feature appeal compared to newer online slots.
Basic animations: The animations are sparse and dated.
Fast auto play: The spins run quickly, and the win totals are often cut off prematurely by the next spin.
- Graphics and design – 2/5: Even though Aristocrat has directly translated a popular, land-based casino game to the online reels with Choy Sun Doa, the graphics are more simplistic and washed out compared to similar slot games in their catalog. We’re rating it on the lower side of the Aristocrat spectrum.
- Sound effects – 2.5/5: The sound effects and background music in the online version are the same as in the original, which is reflected in our rating. You may appreciate these authentic slot console sounds, or you may find them to be dated and irritating.
- Jackpot value – 0/5: There are no jackpot options in this game.
- Replay value – 2.5/5: We’re giving the replay value an average rating, largely because this online version of the game is a perfect replica of the original casino slot game. We don’t find it to be a compelling option compared to some of the newer, more cutting-edge online video slots, but it can be a good repeat play for fans of the Choy Sun Doa casino game and for retro-slots enthusiasts.