You may have noticed that Oriental-themed slots are overrepresented in Pragmatic’s library,

and this is because of the company’s deep roots in Asia. We weren’t particularly excited to try 5 Lions Gold because we’ve never been fans of Asian-themed slot machines. That we can make the same argument regarding slots with a Norse theme suggests that our lack of cultural sophistication is not limited to games with an Asian theme. To each his own, I guess. Whatever the case may be, we were going to say that we find Pragmatic Play’s contributions to this genre to be especially generic, and that this only serves to make matters worse. Ouch.

The 5 Lions Gold product is not brand new. The original version of 5 Lions was out in 2018, and at first glance, the remake is indistinguishable from it. Both have 5 reels and 3 rows for a total of 243 paylines. The addition of a jackpot feature in 5 Lions Gold is the most obvious distinction; nevertheless, the paytables and theoretical RTP for the two games are also different. The remake is a jackpot game, hence the RTP increases from 95.64% to 96.52%. You may play 5 Lions Gold for as little as 18 cents up to 90 Euros per spin on all supported devices.

We’ve previously established that its aesthetic is quite standard issue. There is nothing distinctive about the visual presentation, and the story has not been given a unique spin. The waves and clouds in the background are static and the music is… well, you can probably just kind of envision it. The lower-value 9 through A royals are joined on the reels by the more profitable turtles, koi fish, toads, Fenghuang birds, and dragons. Five of the latter on a payline will return seven times your wager. The wild golden fu lion may replace any other icon excluding the scatter.

There are three distinct jackpots in 5 Lions Gold, each with a predetermined amount:

Small – pays out 15 times your wager

Prizes up to 250 times your original wager

Prizes up to 2,000 times your original wager

These jackpots have two possible triggers. The Golden Reels Jackpot is the first. In both the base game and the free spins feature, up to five reels will randomly become gold before each spin. 3, 4 or 5 golden reels triggers the small, major or grand jackpot correspondingly.

The alternative is to apply for the Caishen Random Award. It can provide you with either the free spins feature or the jackpot bonus game, and it can happen at any time throughout the regular game or the free spins round. The golden coins you select in the bonus game will reveal the jackpot symbols. To win the jackpot, you need to get three of the same symbol.

If you want to take a go at the 7000x win potential, however, you will have to trigger the Free Spins feature by hitting the scatter symbol simultaneously on reels 2, 3 and 4. After gaining access, you’ll be presented with a menu of seven different options, each of which offers a different set of bonus spins and multipliers. The least volatile choice will offer you 24 free spins with multipliers of 2x, 3x or 5x while the most volatile option provides you 6 free spins with multipliers of 15x, 30x or 40x. A random number of free games and multipliers can be won with the mystery option. You may win up to 40x your bet and 24 more spins if you’re lucky. Once the bonus spins have begun, a random multiplier will be applied to each spin.

Conclusion: 5 Lions Gold (A Realistic Bet)

The visuals in 5 Lions Gold aren’t particularly impressive, the subject is depicted by archaic graphics, and, most damning of all, there is a complete absence of significant substance (or narrative, if you will) in the game. However, the visual design is not as important as the mathematical design, which is what determines the success or failure of a slot machine. Fortunately for 5 Lions Gold, the gambling part is far more engaging than the visuals.

However, 5 Lions Gold is not Pragmatic’s finest hour, and if you’re not satisfied with the lower RTP normally associated with jackpot slots, there are plenty of other games in the Pragmatic catalog with the same or greater potential. It’s not completely pointless, and the 7000x potential is enough to get our interest, but 5 Lions Gold still has a ways to go before it can be considered a serious rival in a market saturated with high-quality video games.

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