Released by games developer Betsoft in February 2016, 4 Seasons is a video slot adaptation of the twelve Chinese zodiacal animals whose personalities equate with the Chinese lunisolar calendar. Themes: oriental, Feng Shui ideology, Chinese philosophy, and astronomical seasons.
Relatable Betsoft-owned games: Spring Tails (February 2020), Quest to the West (May 2020), Dragon & Phoenix (June 2019), Caishen’s Arrival (October 2019), Great 88 (September 2016), Bamboo Rush (September 2019), and Dragon Kings (July 2018).
4 Seasons’ rival games include Chinese Zodiac (June 2018) from GameArt, 12 Zodiacs (May 2016) from Habanero, and 12 Animals (October 2017) from Booongo. One symbol (Maneki Neko cat) requires five combinations. The twelve zodiacal animals (tiger, snake, chick, rabbit, pig, dog, rat, monkey, sheep, tiger horse, goat, and ox) require three, four, or five winning combinations.
4 Seasons Game Characteristics
4 Seasons is set in China’s wintry floating Hallelujah Mountains, found in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Lotus flowers abound on the misty non-partitioned 5X3 grid whose fancy golden-and-red frame is lined with orange spots indicating its 30 left-to-right fixed paylines.
There are fifteen symbols, eleven coin denominations, five bet levels, 55 total bets, block win combinations, four win multipliers, changing animals, retriggerable free games, side game, and pays from $10.00 to $250.00.
4 Seasons has three special symbols and twelve ordinary symbols. Special symbols: the substituting wild is a golden Maneki Neko cat; the side game uses a golden coin—has Maneki Neko cat on heads and “4 seasons” embossed on tails; and the free games-offering scatter is a golden-and-white yin and yang.
Ordinary cute animals: tawny tiger; lime green snake; yellow chick; pale pink rabbit; pink pig; golden brown dog; white rat; brown monkey; white sheep; brown tiger horse; lie green goat; and dark brown ox.
The 4 Seasons coin denominations: $0.01, $0.02, $0.03, $0.04, $0.05, $0.10, $0.15, $0.20, $0.25, $0.50, and $1.00. Bet levels: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Minimum bet: $0.30. Maximum bet: $150.00.
Betting $150.00 yields standardized 4 Seasons payouts for three, four, and five winning combinations. Tiger, or snake, or chick, or rabbit, or pig, or dog, or rat, or monkey, or sheep, or tiger horse, or goat, or ox pays $50.00, $100.00, and $250.00.
Win multipliers for the block win combinations: six-of-a-kind offers X2, nine-of-a-kind offers X3, twelve-of-a-kind offer X5, and 15-of-a-kind offer X10.
Any collectible win activates the side game; a mahogany window pops up if players press the “2X double up” icon, thereby either doubling or nullifying the current win after correctly or wrongly guessing the upcoming coin’s heads or tails sides.
Each regular spin is equivalent to +1 day that fills the green-and-golden counter below the twelve-segment wheel of Fortune at bottom left. After 30 spins/days, the wheel spins anticlockwise before picking another dolly zooming golden-designate animal whose combinations momentarily offer X10 win multiplier; two silver-designate animals offer X5, while a bronze-designate animal offers X2.
Three yin and yang offer eight free games. Four yin and yang offer 12 free games. Five yin and yang offer 20 free games. Five Maneki Neko cats pay between $10000.00 (for $0.30 bet) and (for maximum bet) $50000.00. There is a $750000.00 non-progressive jackpot.
The good 4 Seasons software features: quick spin; and 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, and 100 autospins. Sound effects: ringing, whirring, growling, hissing, trilling, snorting, neighing, barking, squawking, bleating, chattering, baaing, and mooing. The animated 3D graphics include: dramatic animals transforming into dramatic golden, bronze and silver symbols; dolly zoom, glistening, sunbeam, and snowfall.
Luck in 4 Seasons
A game of chance, the RTP rate of 4 Seasons is 95.30% and the house edge is 4.70%.