Slingo Xing Yun Xian Review
Following hot on the heels of the Slingo Classic 20th Anniversary Edition is yet another version of the slots meets bingo game. Slingo Xing Yun Xian - which translates to Lucky Lines - is basically the Classic game with a Chinese theme. The only difference between the two games is that one looks retro whilst the other looks much more modern. So will these lines be lucky for you and should you be taking Slingo Xing Yun Xian for a spin?
Whilst the designers of Slingo Classic pared back on the design the same can't be said for Xing Yun Xian. The game area is incredibly brightly coloured. The 5x5 traditional Slingo grid sits in the middle of the page as usual but the numbers are shown on Chinese Lanterns. The backdrop is an oriental garden at sunset. To the right of the grid you'll see a bowl of 11 gold balls - your initial spins - whilst to the left is the paytable. It looks good but does feel just that tad too busy especially after playing the Classic version.
How To Play Slingo Xing Yun Xian
The aim of Slingo Xing Yun Xian is to get lines - horizontal, vertical or diagonal - of five numbers. With Xing Yun Xian you're given an initial 11 spins. Each spin generates five numbers below the 5x5 grid. If any numbers match then these are marked off. When you complete a row of five numbers then you move up the prize board. The more lines you complete the higher up the prize board you progress. During game play you may pick up free spins, jokers (wilds) and devils. The latter prevent you from marking off a number.
Slingo Xing Yun Xian doesn't have the big features of more recent additions to the Slingo stable. However there are extras. For example you if you get three or more joker or super joker symbols anywhere on a single spin then this awards a cash prize of x0.5, x2 or x5 the initial stake. A gold slingo token appearing on a spin also results in a small win. If you complete a full house of Slingos then this results in a win of x500 your initial stake. This is identical to the set up of Slingo Classic.
Wagering on this version of Slingo starts at 20p. This can be increased up to a maximum of £25 (Buzz Bingo). The minimum and maximum wager may vary from site to site. There is no Autoplay but Slingo Xing Yun Xian does allow you to wager on after the base game concludes. As in other versions of Slingo, once you've used your 11 initial spins and any free spins - you'll be invited to play on for a given price and shown the potential win available. We advise against this option as wins are very rare.
If you're a big trigger happy then do set the play controls that are available on Slingo Xing Yun Xian. With these controls you can set the number of extra spins, maximum extra spin price, total game stake and total game loss. These are worth setting if you're going to wager on beyond the base game. We're still iffy about the wager on facility though but with these controls you can at least limit any losses.
What we like about Xing Yun Xian is the same as our verdict for Slingo Classic. That is we like the fact that you only need to complete one line to start climbing the win table. Other versions require you to complete at least three or four to get a return. As mentioned above the design of Xing Yun Xian is a little bit in your face, but we may just feel that after playing Classic. Most certainly it is colourful and is a chalk versus cheese version of the 20th Anniversary Edition.
And this is where we're just a tad confused. As there's little difference between Classic and Xing Yun Xian then why release both at roughly the same time? We think players would have been happier with one or the other. We also think players would have been happier with something different rather from Xing Yun Xian. Still we suspect that different versions appeal to different markets and that not all players will look at the Classic version.