Travel to the Far East during the Lantern Festival on a mobile-optimized slot from Live 5 Gaming for an encounter with a mystical dragon that will expand the game window from 576 to 25,088 ways to win. Pop fortune lanterns in the bonus game, hit symbols in the Gold Zone for double wins and trigger free spins to play on the full reel set for wins exceeding 6,000 times your stake.
Fortune Lucky is a video slot with five reels in a 3-4-4-4-3 format with 576 ways to win in the default mode. This can increase randomly in the base game and progressively in the free spins to a 7-8-8-8-7 format with 25,088 ways. Pays are awarded for three to five adjacent symbols from left to right only. You journey to the Far East on desktop, mobile or tablet starts at 0.25 credits and goes up to 25 credits per spin. Some casinos might offer it with 50 credits as maximum bet. The medium to high variance game has an RTP of 96.18%.
A festive evening with lanterns floating in the air provide a celebratory atmosphere for your slotting session. The Lantern Festival marks the final day of the Chinese New Year celebrations with people turning out in the streets carrying paper lanterns which they will launch into the air together to wish for a prosperous and lucky year. As with any good Asian-themed slot, there is also a dragon. On Fortune Lucky he towers above the reels, expanding them during the features. A fire-circled area in the centre of the reels is the Gold Zone which will have a significant role in the gameplay. A traditional Asian soundtrack rounds of a stunning slot design.
The high level of intricacy and detail continues on the pay symbols. They start at the low end with the card suits – clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades – drawn with a fire ring. Hit five across the reels to win 0.6x your stake. On the medium level, you will find potion bottles, scrolls as well as blue and red crystals, paying 1x to 2x your stake for a single 5OAK. The last two pay symbols are a Chinese artefact and the slot logo, awarding wins of 3x and 20x your bet when five land across the reels.
There are a range of special symbols on this game, all appearing on the three centre reels only. First, there is a wild symbol, substituting for all regular pay symbols. Next are dragon bonus symbols and scatters, which will trigger the two bonus features. A lucky Chinese coin is added to the reels during the free spins.
The Gold Zone Explained
The first visual appearance you will experience is the Gold Zone. Marked by a fire ring, it comprises the centre positions from reel two to five. It will gradually increase when the game window expands in the feature. Values are doubled if the bonus or scatter symbols land in the Gold Zone.
The bonus game will award double coin wins when the dragon symbols land in the zone, while the scatters will award double the standard amount of free spins. Further, the coin win from the lucky Chinese coin will be doubled as well.
The Expanding Reels Explained
The Fortune Lucky slot has variable reels that are in default in a 3-4-4-4-3 format with 576 ways to win. There are two ways the dragon will awake to expand the reels. It can happen randomly on any spin in the base game, where the dragon can expand it to any size between 1,125 to 25,088 ways to win. He can also keep it expanded over multiple spins or reduce or increase it after the first expansion. Any combination of steps is possible. It will reset eventually to the default 576 ways.
The expansion mechanic works differently in the free spins. The dragon will jump into action on the first spin to start increasing the game window progressively. He night rest for one or more spins in between before cranking it up by another row. In our test runs, we got in all free spin rounds to a 6-7-7-7-6 format with just over 12,000 ways. The full expansion happened rarely on the minimum amount of 9 free spins and more often if we triggered the round with 15 free spins.
The Fortune Lucky Slot Features
There is plenty happening on this slot other than the random expansion which will keep you on your toes pretty much at all times. Live 5 Gaming included a bonus game and a free spins round, both capable of leading to mega wins. Obviously, the free spins will do that more often.
Hit dragon symbols anywhere on the three middle reels to trigger the Dragon bonus game. Land them in the Gold Zone and the coin wins in the bonus game are doubled. The reel set is removed and a random number of floating lanterns appears. The lanterns will be all red when the game was triggered by dragon symbols outside of the Gold Zone and mixed in red and gold if one or two dragon symbols landed inside. It will be only golden lanterns when the bonus round was triggered with all three dragon symbols landing within the zone. Each destroyed red lantern will award a coin win of up to 20x the total bet or up to 40x for golden lanterns.
It gets better when you hit three free spin scatters anywhere on the middle reels in one spin. Each scatter outside the Gold Zone will award three free spins while those inside double the amount to six free spins, taking the total to a maximum 18 free spins. The feature can be retriggered indefinitely. The Dragon bonus game can also be won in the free spins round. Plus, a lucky Chinese coin is added to reel three. Whenever it lands on a free spin, it will award an additional coin win.
During the free spins, the dragon will progressively expand the game window until it reaches the maximum of 25,088 ways to win. It will not reset after a free spin and will stay expanded for the entire round. The best moment to hit mega wins as all pay symbols can appear in super stacks, providing the potential to score multi-line wins.
Well, this was a lot to get through. Live 5 packed the game with so much that it appears overloaded at times. But they all work nicely together to provide for entertaining gaming sessions that can lead to mega wins on any spin, be in the base game or free spins.