Legendary Battle of the Nian

|Blue Guru Games|2023-01-31|RTP: 96.14 %
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Blue Guru Games
Legendary Battle of the Nian
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Video Slots
Mobile version
Grid slot
Sticky wilds
Free spins
Bonus game
Progressive jackpot
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Last update
January 9, 2023


3 votes - 3.33/5.00

Step back to a terrorising tale of a mythical monster in Ancient China on the video slot by Blue Guru Games, Legendary Battle of the Nian. Crash, bang, paint the reels red, and fight for cascading wins with 243 ways to pay, wild substitutions, and cash prize reveals in a free spins bonus to escape with epic wins of up to 5,000x your bet.

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Slot Details

Legendary Battle of the Nian is a cascading video slot with 5 reels, 3 rows and 243 ways to pay. Wins are awarded for matching three or more symbols on consecutive reels in any row from left to right. Defend Ancient China from the monstrous Nian from 0.30 to 130 credits per spin. This game has a medium volatility rating, a hit frequency of roughly 1 in 4 and a 96.14% RTP. Alternative RTP versions will be found at some online casinos at 94.20%, 92.22% and 90.20%. Open the game info of an online slot to check the version in play.

Nian is a legendary beast that terrorised Ancient China, devouring victims on New Year’s Day. Fearful villagers dressed as a monster, forming the origins of the Dragon Dance, and would use fireworks, paste red paper to doorways, make loud noises and burn lanterns to scare Nian away. The game has fireworks and musical instruments for symbols, and the bonus round pits you against Nian, attempting to build a cache of fireworks to successfully ward off Nian with a final explosion of cash prizes.

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Legendary Battle of the Nian Slot – Base Game

The pay symbols start at the low end with 9, 10, J, Q, K and A, awarding from 0.54x to 1x your bet for five-of-a-kind. Cymbal, bell, drum and lantern symbols follow, and matching five across the reels awards from 1.33x to 6.66x your stake. A Chinese dragon appears as the wild symbol that substitutes all others except the bonus scatter, represented by fireworks that trigger free spins for landing three or more.

Legendary Battle of the Nian Slot Features

Historical tales and folklore is something of a trend for Blue Guru Games. Clash of the Seraphim, Spring-Heeled Jack and the curiously titled Napoleon vs Rabbits are just a few from the starting catalogue of the impressive new studio formed in 2021. Though Nian may not be familiar to all, the Dragon Dance is an instantly recognisable symbol of Chinese culture and fascinating enough for a closer look at the legend.

Your basic spin of Legendary Battle of the Nian will see you connecting wins by matching consecutive symbols from left to right in any row. Winning combinations explode from the play area and leave space for existing and new symbols to fill. This process, known as cascading symbols, repeats until no more wins occur. At the end of a cascading win sequence, the sum of all wins is paid.

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Legendary Battle of the Nian Slot – Free Spins

Hit three or more scatter symbols on a spin to trigger the Legendary Battle of the Nian Free Spins. The round starts with fifteen free spins and highlights the positions of the triggering scatters in bronze. During the feature, each firework scatter that lands will highlight the area for an instant prize reveal at the end of the round. The first time a position is highlighted by a scatter symbol, it turns bronze to level one; a further scatter in the same position will change it to silver, upgrading the position to level two, and a third scatter will result in a level three gold position.

Wins are awarded in the standard way, and at the end of the feature, the highlighted positions reveal a randomly awarded cash prize as follows:

  • Level 1 | Bronze Cash Prize: Awards a prize from 0.5x to 1.33x your bet.
  • Level 2 | Silver Cash Prize: Awards a prize from 1.67x to 5x your bet.
  • Level 3 | Gold Cash Prize: Awards a prize from 6.67x to 16.67x your stake or Minor or Major prizes of 33.33x and 166.67x your bet, respectively.

Fill the play area with fifteen level 3 gold positions to win 5,000x your bet. At the end of the feature, the sum of all regular wins and cash prize reveals is awarded.

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Legendary Battle of the Nian Slot – Grand Prize Reveal

Where available, you can buy into the bonus using the Legendary Battle of the Nian Bonus Buy feature. For 60x your bet, you can purchase a bonus triggering spin into the free spins round. Using the Bonus Buy feature comes with a slight RTP increase to 96.26%.

Final Verdict

Legendary Battle of the Nian has been cleverly themed by the Blue Guru team, retelling the tale in a battle to ward off Nian with fireworks in an explosive finale of cash prizes. The base game is designed as a simple scatter hunt, which, on the face of it, may lack the excitement of a random feature for some but was found to be energetic with a keen hit frequency during our limited demo play due to the medium volatility design.

Several free spin rounds delivered frequent scatter hits, ensuring a fair average of instant prizes through upgraded positions. Legendary Battle of Nian is not a slot designed to grab headlines and bucks the highly volatile trend of 2022, affording more game time than the average release when in the mood. Legendary Battle of the Nian is one for fans of medium volatility in a 243 ways format, with a cash prize crescendo for a bonus round.

GMBLRS limited demo play should never be used as a benchmark for real money play due to the number of spins required for accurate assessment.


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