Online Casino Game Review: Shou Hu Shen (AGS)

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Gameplay Shou Hu Shen by AGS
BetMGM Dec 04, 2023, 9:40 AM

The Shou Hu Shen slot machine is created in a similar way to other AGS Chinese-themed online slots. Its visuals, symbols, and music will remind players of games such as Jade Wins Deluxe and Dragon Tao. This game, designed for play on any device, has a slightly below-average return to player (RTP) of 95.89%. It’s a high-volatility game, which means bigger but less frequent wins, making this a great slot for anyone looking to add more excitement to their online slot games experience.

Game Overview

Shou Hu Shen, which means “protector god” in Mandarin, comes as a 5×3 grid with 243 ways to win — but without the traditional paylines. Driven by the Power XStream mechanic, the game pays out for matching symbols that land anywhere as long as they’re on adjacent reels. Betting ranges vary, which, with high-volatility slots such as this, is good for more cautious players who can pace their betting strategy according to their wins. Not all jackpot slots offer such flexibility, which is one of the many advantages of playing slots online.

How To Play

Chinese culture is all about promoting wealth and prosperity, and this game offers the opportunity for both. Three or more matching symbols landing left to right on the reels make for a win, with no fixed paylines, as long as the reels are adjacent to each other. Symbols include the standard card symbols J, Q, K, and A, as well as other symbols typically associated with Chinese culture. If a symbol happens to be a bonus symbol, it triggers the bonus game, offering players bigger wins.

The firecracker represents the game’s wild and substitutes for symbols other than the scatter, enhancing the gameplay. The Fu lucky coin is the game’s scatter symbol, three of which trigger free spins rounds.


The rich greens and golds of Shou Hu Shen’s screen represent the luxury and riches of Chinese culture. The left-hand side of the screen is presided over by two magnificent Chinese guardian lions, known as “shishi” or “foo dogs.” At each of their feet is a ball representing one of the material elements. The symbols on the reels are all traditionally associated with Chinese culture and include temples, feng shui money trees (which look a little like bonsais), a fu bat symbolizing happiness and good luck, and two Fu lions, one against a red, another against a green background.

There’s also Chinese calligraphy representing the Fu fortune symbol for happiness, blessings and good fortune, as well as firecrackers that fizz and light up when they land, igniting the matching graphic between the lions. The soundtrack consists of music played on traditional Chinese instruments.


A combination of bonus symbols triggers the free spins feature in Shou Hu She. This feature can also be retriggered. During the free spins rounds, some of the game’s symbols take on different characteristics, such as sticking or expanding, making winning easier.

This slot game also has a Hot Hot feature, which is activated randomly, turning an entire reel wild and significantly increasing the player’s chances of a win.

The game has a Jackpot Pick Casino Bonus feature, triggered by landing just one wild in the base game. Players then move into a new screen where they compete for jackpot prizes based on turning over matching icons and where winnings can be as high as 10,000x the stake. 

Bonuses and Jackpots

In the free spins bonus game, players can choose free spins based on the number of possible ways to win that they offer. The more free spins, the lower the chances of winning. There are 243 ways to win if a player chooses 15 free spins, 1,024 ways for 10 free spins, or 3,125 possibilities with just five extra spins. Three more lucky scatter coins during the free spins rounds earn players even more spins based on their previous selection.

The Jackpot Pick bonus is activated when the wild lands anywhere on the reels in the base game. A new screen with 12 icons appears and players turn them over in the hope of matching three mini jackpots for a 10x win, the minor jackpot for 25x, the major jackpot for 800x, or the grand jackpot prize of 10 000x. 

Similar Games

There’s no shortage of East Asian-inspired slots when you play casino games online. Another similar slot from the AGS stable is Tiger Lord Imperial 88, while developer Aristocrat offers players their slot, Sun Doa. In Pragmatic Play’s Mystery of the Orient, players try to uncover the secrets embedded in the reels, while in Imperial Wealth from Konami, players chase lucrative wins — although few can hope to match the riches of the ancient Chinese emperors.

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Shou Hu Shen represents high risk with the potential for high reward. Maybe that’s your gaming style, but even if you err on the side of caution, there are many more online casino games to match your risk profile on BetMGM. Simply register here to play this or other online casino games with BetMGM.

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