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Jade Monkey Slot Solves the Eternal Mystery

25 September 2005

"You must find the Jade Monkey before the next full moon"
Mr Burns, "The Simpsons," from "Bart's Inner Child" episode

Why did Mr. Burns say that? I honestly don't know. But it sounds mysterious and mysteries are what WMS Gaming's Jade Monkey Video Slot is all about. Of course, the eternal mystery is, will I win a life-changing jackpot or go home with empty pockets once again? The Jade Monkey answered solved that particular mystery for me in a most unsurprising way.

The Jade Monkey slot is a good-looking game, with gorgeous watercolor-type artwork depicting Oriental themes. The main "character" is a sexy Asian woman with long black hair that covers one eye, wearing a strapless gown. Who is she? Where did she come from? What is she doing? Very mysterious! In addition to the beautiful woman, other symbols include a fan, pearls, diamonds, Chinese ships, an exotic city, the Jade Monkey carving and Japanese lanterns.

The game has one main bonus but within it are several other possible bonuses. The Jade Monkey umbrella bonus is activated when three or more Jade Monkey symbols appear anywhere on the screen. You win credits based on the number of Jade Monkey symbols that trigger the bonus. You also win five free spins plus any credits you may earn during the spins.

But there's more! The screen then changes into a field of 20 tiles featuring the Jade Monkey carving. And there's that mystery woman again on the sidelines! Who is she? Where did she -- okay, already. You get to pick three tiles, each with a built-in bonus award. The awards you can win include additional tile picks, wild symbols to be used during the free spins, multiplier amounts for the free spins, additional free spins or bonus prizes. And therein lies the mystery: which combination of goodies will you get?

Now here it gets a little complex: The free spins begin when you have picked all your tiles. The number of free spins you get is determined by adding any additional free spins you won in the tile-picking screen to the original award of five free spins. Get it? What's more, the bonus round can be re-triggered while playing the free spins! So the game possibly could go on and on and on, practically forever.

And that's about how long I played that darned game and NEVER hit a bonus round! Nope, not once! As a result, at least one mystery was solved: I learned I would not hit a gigantic jackpot during this gaming session.

However, later that day I came across this cool recipe for a cocktail with the same name as that frustrating slot machine. At least I hit the jackpot with one type of Jade Monkey and I hope you will too!

Jade Monkey

Ingredients 0.25 oz. Lime Juice
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 oz. Jose Cuervo Tequila
2 oz. Kool-Aid (I used a tropical fruit juice)

Mixing Instructions
Mix tequila with lime juice, pour over broken ice, stir and mix in vanilla extract and Kool-Aid. Stir again. Cheers!