Theme of The Game
Chinese culture provides an endless inspiration when it comes to slots. One of the many developers who got inspired by it is GameArt, choosing to build their video slot around the Chinese lion.
Since 200 BC, Chinese guardian lions were believed to have protective powers and were placed in front of Imperial palaces, tombs, temples, government offices and homes of the wealthy.
Today you can pretty much see them all around China, proudly perching at the entrances to restaurants, hotels and supermarkets. They normally come in pairs, a female and a male representing yin and yang. Female lion is supposed to protect those who are inside, while the male guards the structure itself.
On big occasions, such as the Chinese New Year, lion dance is performed for good luck. Wearing a lion costume with an oversized head resembling that of a dragon, performer dances to the music of drums, cymbals and gongs.
If you believe the Chinese were on to something, give Fortune Lions a spin. You might get entertained while this respected ancient symbol protects your cash and delivers good luck.
GameArt is an independent online casino software developer founded in 2013. While it hasn’t been around for that long, team standing behind it consists of successful entrepreneurs with 20 years of experience in the gaming industry. Company’s core business is the development of high quality slots.
Their portfolio currently contains close to 80 branded 3D games, many of which are inspired by the Asian culture. They do use other themes as well, as demonstrated in their popular Money Farm, Da Vinci Codex and Tesla Spark of Genius.
How To Play
The reel area containing 5 reels, 4 rows and 50 fixed paylines is set in a Chinese temple, with a celebrating town in the background. You’ll get to pick the value of your line bet ranging from $0.01 to $0.5.
As you spin the reels, you’ll see several typical Chinese New Year symbols, such as lion costume, golden coins, firecrackers, mooncakes and red envelopes. Collection is completed by a set of playing card icons.
The 3 highest value symbols pay as of 2 of a kind, the others you’ll need to land 3 or more in order to collect. Golden lion costume represents your Wild which will stand in for any of the other symbols except Scatter.
All wins pay left to right with winning combinations formed by identical symbols appearing on a payline on consecutive reels. Autoplay function gives you a choice of 10 to 100 rounds to be played automatically.
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Scatter is depicted as the Red Lantern and only appears on reels 1, 2 and 3. Three of them will trigger Bonus feature and you’ll win 10 Free Spins. After each spin, more Wild icons are added to the reels which increases your chances to form winning combinations. Feature can be triggered only once, awarding additional 5 spins.
A chance to multiply your wins is given by the Gamble function. Hit the respective button after you land a winning combo and select red or black card. You can do this up to 5 times, doubling the amount won with each correct guess.
Your best bet is the Red Lion which pays up to 1,000x bet per line. Given the fact it also comes stacked up to 4 rows high, landing this combination is not unimaginable.
As the max line bet is only $0.5, you’ll need to be brave and use Gamble function in order to win more significant amounts. Otherwise, keep your fingers crossed for Free Spins to deliver multiple valuable combos.
Fortune Lions is a nicely designed, colourful and vibrant slot. You’ll be spinning in silence until you land a winning combination, which we found to be quite refreshing. Available betting range is a bit odd, starting with high $0.5 and ending with low $25 per spin. It’s unlikely either low or high rollers will find this appealing.
Features are modest, both in terms of number and win potential. It’s quite possible, as we’ve experienced, to trigger Free Spins and walk out with next to nothing. Overall, apart from the visual appeal, Fortune Lions don’t have that much to offer and will probably not build a large fan base.