Glitzy design combines with hugely volatile gameplay in 5 Lions Gold, a 5 reel, 243 ways to win slot from Pragmatic Play. This trip back to historical China is a potentially explosive one with payouts that can reach over 7,700 times your stake. The highlight is the bonus round where you can pick from a selection of free spin and multiplier combinations. You’ll also have a chance to land 1 of 3 jackpot prizes. Play on all devices from between 18p and £90 per spin.
There’s a very traditional feel to the design in 5 Lions Gold. The gold reels include lower value royal values as well as 5 higher value golden animal statues. In order of value are the tortoise, fish, frog and phoenix. The best paying standard symbol is the dragon. Land 5 of these on adjacent reels and you’ll receive a payout of 7 times your total stake.
The golden lion head is the game’s wild. This appears on the middle 3 reels only and replaces everything apart from the yin yang scatter. That yin yang scatter also spins on reels 2, 3 and 4 only. Land 3 of them on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Free Spins feature. It’s here that things can get much more interesting. You’ll then be offered the pick of 7 different free spins/multiplier range combinations.
- 24 free spins with a 2x, 3x or 5x multiplier
- 18 free spins with a 3x, 5x or 8x multiplier
- 15 free spins with a 5x, 8x or 10x multiplier
- 12 free spins with an 8x, 10x or 15x multiplier
- 9 free spins with a 10x, 15x or 30x multiplier
- 6 free spins with a 15x, 30x or 40x multiplier
- Choose the mystery free spins option and you could end up with any combination of free spins and multipliers.
Once the free spins begin, 1 of the 3 multiplier amounts in your chosen range will be applied to all your wins on every free spin. This can change throughout. For example, if you opted for the 15 free spins each free spin would receive a random boost of 5x, 8x of 10x. Landing 3 yin and yang symbols delivers a re-trigger and another round of free spins.
5 Lions Gold also offers the chance to win one of 3 jackpot prizes in the Golden Reels Jackpot feature. These are triggered when the reels turn gold:
- 3 gold reels - minor Jackpot of 15 times your total stake
- 4 gold reels - major Jackpot of 250 times your total stake
- 5 gold reels - grand Jackpot of 2,000 times your total stake
You can also trigger the Free Spins feature or the jackpot via a Caishen Random Award feature. This can strike on any spin in the base game or the free spins.
5 Lions Gold is a classy all-rounder. The glossy visuals are very well put together and the traditional soundtrack fits the theme perfectly. The base game action is pretty ordinary but the game can really hit its stride in the Free Spins feature thanks to the big multipliers on offer. Be warned though, this is a very volatile game with top wins of 7,724.66 times your total stake on each free spin with the 40x multiplier.
The Asian theme is a hugely popular one. With its high spec sound and visuals and high variance gameplay, 5 Lions Gold should find plenty of support. Other Pragmatic Play slots offer plenty of big wins with The Dog House potentially paying out 6,750 times your stake on each spin/free spin.