If you enjoy highly volatile action with an Asian flavour then 5 Lions, this release from Pragmatic Play could be just what you’re looking for. It’s a 5 reel, 243 ways to win slot that comes with wild multipliers that can boost payouts by up to 40x. There’s also a free spins round where a number of free spin and wild multiplier combinations are on offer. Stakes range from between 50p and £250 per spin.

There’s a traditional feel to the design here. Joining the lower value A to 9 values are a selection of golden animals. You’ll see tortoises, fish, frogs and birds spinning around the reels. The most lucrative symbol is the dragon which will get you 1, 2 or 20 times your total stake if you land 3, 4 or 5 on adjacent reels.

Landing on reels 2, 3 and 4 only, the golden lion is the game’s wild. Land a winner that includes the golden lion and it will receive a multiplier boost – this is chosen at random and can send payouts soaring by 1x, 2x, 3x, 5x, 8x, 10x, 15x, 30x or 40x.

There’s only 1 feature round in 5 Lions but it’s a good one. To trigger the Free Spins feature, you’ll need to land 3, 4 or 5 of the scatter (the Tao yin and yang symbol) on the same spin. You’ll receive a payout of 2, 5 or 20 times your stake. You’ll then be offered a selection of free spin and multiplier combinations:

  • 25 free spins with 2x, 3x or 5x wild multipliers
  • 20 free spins with 3x, 5x or 8x wild multipliers
  • 15 free spins with 5x, 8x or 10x wild multipliers
  • 13 free spins with 8x, 10x or 15x wild multipliers
  • 10 free spins with 10x, 15x or 30x wild multipliers
  • 6 free spins with 15x, 30x or 40x wild multipliers

The other potential choice is the Mystery package. This offers 1 random set of free spins (up to 25) and a random set of multipliers (up to 40x). These free spins are played out on an expanded 576 ways to win machine.

Hope to see 3 scatters land on adjacent reels (starting from reel 1) during the feature as they’ll trigger another round of free spins. These play out after the current selection. You’ll be able to choose a new free spin and multiplier combination here. This is a highly volatile game. We came away with very little after some free spin triggers but cashed in at other times.

There’s plenty to like about 5 Lions. The simple gameplay works very well and the wild multipliers can pack a real punch, especially in the Free Spins feature. The endless conveyor belt of Chinese-themed slots shows no sign of slowing down – 5 Lions is certainly one of the better ones. I also recommend you try some of Pragmatic Play’s other offerings with Jurassic Giants a superb choice.