A slot called Lion Dance could mean an African safari or a trip to China. It’s the latter in this nicely designed 5 reel, 40 payline slot from Red Tiger Gaming. It’s played in 4 special world modes that offer modifier extras including gigantic, spreading stacked and mystery win symbols.  There’s also a free spins round where one of the 4 extras hits on every spin. Play from between 20p and £500 per spin.

As usual with slots from Red Tiger Gaming, Lion Dance looks and sounds excellent – the reels are flanked by a pair of dragons with a classical city in the background. The symbols on the plain white reels are super sharp and include Asian-style A to 10 playing cards as well as lanterns and cymbals. The best standard symbol is the drum – land 3, 4 or 5 of these and you’ll pocket 58, 188 or 888 coins.

The top prize of 888 coins per payline is also on offer from the dragon which is the game’s wild – it can land on all reels and replaces everything apart from the free spins scatter.

Watch out for the animated dragon who can walk onto the reels and in the process, take you to a special world where modifier extras comes into play:

  • Connected Tiles World feature – a single paying symbol can spread across the reels to create a trail of matching symbols and big potential winning clusters.
  • Mystery Symbols World feature – mystery coins can land anywhere on the reels. When they’re turned over, they’ll reveal a paying symbol.
  • Deep Stacks World feature – watch out for reels that are stacked full of the higher paying lantern, cymbals and drum symbols.
  • Mega Tiles World feature – giant higher value symbols, including wilds, are added to the reels. These can be anything up to 4×4 symbols.

Lion Dance also comes with a Free Spins feature which is triggered by landing the free spins scatter on reels 1, 3 and 5 on the same spin. You’ll then be awarded up to 18 free spins – on each of them, 1 of the special world modifiers will be in play to boost your winning chances.

Slots from Red Tiger Gaming are usually high spec affairs and that’s definitely the case with Lion Dance. The visuals and soundtrack here are superb. They’ve managed to pack in a bit more than usual as far as gameplay goes courtesy of the quartet of modifier worlds.

Like many slots from this developer though, we found the free spins round extremely difficult to land. It delivered decent enough rewards when we did hit it but expect some lengthy winless spells in between. We’d put the variance in the medium to high range.

Lion Dance is lovely to look at but it left us a little frustrated. The features are solid enough when you find them. That’s the thing though, they’re not that easy to find. If you have plenty of patience and deep pockets, then it can be worth the wait though. These Lions took us on a merry old Dance. If you like Chinese themed games, Novomatic’s Dragon’s Pearl is recommended.