Legend tells us some interesting stories about the origins of the Chinese zodiac. Some believe that it all began over 2,000 years ago when the Jade Emperor decided to hold a competition between animals to assess their worthiness. A great race ensued, involving a river crossing, and the clever rodent secured first place by hitching a ride across the water upon the ox’s back, thus winning and becoming the first creature to feature on the zodiac. Known to symbolise cleverness, blessings, and wealth, I suppose it’s quite appropriate that this talented mouse is the star of this game from PG Soft. The Fortune Mouse slot is a medium volatility, three-reel, three-row video slot featuring a maximum win of 1,000x and a great RTP of 96.96%.
When you first open the game, you’ll notice the beautifully bold red, gold, and green colours of the oriental garden background that this slot is set in, and a satisfying, twinkling tune provides the auditory stimulation to compliment this theme nicely. The action takes place on a standard 3x3 grid layout with five fixed paylines. All wins are achieved by matching three corresponding symbols across any of these lines, from left to right. In addition, there is also the Fortune Mouse feature to look out for, which can activate at random on any spin and turn the middle reel fully wild.
The signs are looking strong, and with our intelligent, lucky little friend to help us, it may well be written in the stars for us to win our fortune here. If you’re feeling lucky, why not check out the Fortune Mouse demo slot? It’s free to play below!
You can always rely on a PG Soft game to look fantastic; they really do have a way of bringing their games to life with vibrant colours, graphics, and well-designed characters. I’m also often impressed by their ability to keep it simple, as in a world of ever-increasingly complex slots, it's sometimes nice to play a game that doesn’t take a degree in rocket science to understand. If you’re in agreement, then I’m sure you’ll also enjoy many of the other games that PG Soft have produced. One that has many similarities to Fortune Mouse is Fortune Tiger, set on the same 3x3 grid; this slot features a maximum win of 2,500x, a re-spin feature and a 10x multiplier award available. Or how about something with slightly more top-end potential? Fortune Rabbit, for example, is based on a 3-4-3 grid and boasts a maximum win of 5,000x. Intro's aside, it's time to take a more detailed look into Fortune Mouse, starting with the paytable.
The top symbol featured in this game is, as you’d expect, the Wild Mouse, which pays 60x your stake per line of three symbols. Next, it’s the Red and Gold Square at 20x, with the Packets of Cash following at 10x and the Bag of Coins at 6x. The lower paying symbols are the Firecrackers, paying 3x, the Orange at 1x, and, ironically, the smallest value symbol, the Peanuts, which will return 0.6x your stake for a three of a kind win.
Moving on to the bet sizes, there’s a great variety to choose from on Fortune Mouse, with 33 options available. Stakes start from as low as €0.15 and rise to as high as €45.00, with many gradual increments in between, ensuring a comfortable stake value can be found for the majority of players.
base game & modifiers
Fortune Mouse slot base game
The game mechanic used in Fortune Mouse is a simple one, there are three reels, three rows, and nine symbols on screen at any one time. To achieve a win, a minimum of three matching symbols must land across one of the five available winlines, which will then result in a payout as per the corresponding symbol value in the paytable. The slot pays left to right only, and all wins must commence on the leftmost reel.
fortune mouse slot bonus features
Fortune Mouse slot bonus feature
The Fortune Mouse Feature can be triggered at random during any spin. During this feature, wild symbols will be added to cover all three row positions within the middle reel, and reels one and three will then re-spin until a winning combination is achieved. This can be as low as one single line or as high as a full screen of matching symbols or wilds. The feature will end once this occurs; the relevant win amount will be paid, and the player will be returned to the base game.
Strong pay values.
Low max win of 1,000x
fortune Mouse Slot Review Summary
As I’d expect from a PG Soft title, Fortune Mouse looks great and is a fun game to play. The symbol pay values are quite strong compared to other slots; for example, the top three symbols on Fortune Tiger, a game with a maximum win of 2,500x, are worth 50x, 20x and 5x per line of three, whereas on Fortune Mouse, the top three are valued at 60x, 20x and 10x. So, in terms of normal base gameplay, there may be some value here.
However, this is offset by the lack of an enhancing feature. Fortune Tiger offers the chance of a 10x multiplier to be applied to its total wins, and there’s none of that here. It does feel like there is a lack of features with this game in general, but this slot is undoubtedly targeted at PG Soft fans who want quick and fast play without any extreme volatility.
Article by Patrick Owen
Patrick has over eight years of experience playing and reviewing slots and casino games. He is an avid land-based and online casino fan with a hunger to learn more about slot games and the developers that create them.