This new and improved version of the classic 5 Lions slot from Pragmatic Play, high-variance 5 Lions Gold, has five reels and a staggering 243 ways of winning. Like its predecessor, this game takes you on a journey back in time to historical China.
And the two games are graphically very similar, so expect strong colours, sharp graphics and plenty of Chinese symbolism.
How to play
Most of the standard functions are here, including Spin and Autoplay, and the ability to raise or decrease your bet and coin value. And you won’t find the standard Payline structure used here.
Enjoy 5 Lions Gold across all devices, from as little as 18p a spin to as much as £90 a pop. Stake up to 90 coins a spin, and choose two spin speeds, quick and turbo. With potential payouts as high as more than 7,700 times your stake, there’s everything to play for.
The lower-value playing-card values combine with five more lucrative golden animal statues. In order from highest to lowest, these are the tortoise, fish, frog, phoenix and dragon. (Land five of the latter to claim a payout of 7x stake.)
The golden lion’s head is your Wild. You’ll only see it in the game’s middle reels, and as ever it substitutes for all other icons, except the Scatter, the Yin Yang symbol which activates the free spins round. (Again, this only appears on Reels 2 through 4.)
Land three Scatters on a single spin to activate this feature, which is where the game’s action really kicks off. As with the original 5 Lions, there’s a strong element of player choice here. Take your pick from one of seven options to determine the number of spins alongside a randomly awarded multiplier for each of the feature’s spins.
Win six, 10, 13, 15, 20 or 25 spins, depending on which option you have chosen. Multipliers are in sets of three and range from 2x to 40x. Choose to have more free spins and lower-value multipliers – or vice versa.
Want the decision taken out of your hands? The seventh, mystery option awards the number of spins and the multiplier completely at random.
This feature sets 5 Lions Gold apart from its original counterpart – there are actually three jackpots here, and you stand a good chance of bagging at least one of them.
Up to five random reels become gold:
- Three gold reels – This lands the minor jackpot, awarding 15x stake
- Four gold reels – This lands the major jackpot, awarding 200x stake
- Five gold reels – This lands the grand jackpot, awarding 2000x stake
Caishen random award
Again, this can activate randomly on any spin, either during the base or bonus spins game. Choose Chinese gold coins to uncover a jackpot symbol. Matching three-of-a-kind bags you a jackpot reward.
Return to Player (RTP)
There isn’t a huge amount to report when it comes to Return to Player or RTP for this game. It’s a standard-to-good percentage hovering somewhere between 95.94% and 96.5%, which is mostly down to the jackpots.
You should definitely be in for a treat if you’ve already given the original 5 Lions game a whirl and enjoyed it. And while it’s far from the only Asian-themed slot out there, we’re frankly not surprised that one reviewer described it as a ‘classy all-rounder’.
Bear in mind its high volatility from the outset, and expect less frequent, if higher, wins, but give it a go in demo mode in the first instance, and let us know how you get on.
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