Lucky Zodiac Slot

Lucky Zodiac

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lucky zodiac slotOriental-themed slots tend to have a relaxing, almost enthralling atmosphere which is probably why they are so popular among casino players. Microgaming’s 5-reel, 20-line Lucky Zodiac slot is yet another release which draws inspiration from the mystical Asia and particularly, the Chinese zodiac. This is an interesting slot, as it offers not only Wild and Scatter icons, but also free spins with an extra Wild symbol.

Lucky Zodiac is a relatively new video slot by Microgaming (it was launched in 2015), but it sports a rather simplistic look when compared to other modern titles from the same developer. Still, it has clear, vivid graphics, and nice animations celebrating certain winning combinations. The dark reels are set against a pleasing green backdrop and the symbols include generic playing cards and Oriental-themed items such as paper lanterns, lotus flowers, and Chinese porcelain vases. All these can be lined up on the 5 reels with 3 rows each where up to 20 paylines can be activated. There is a nice Stop button, which stops the movement of the reels and help players speed things up a little.

The game offers a wide betting range from 0.01 to 100.00 credits, with various options for adjustment – players can select the coin size (0.01-0.05 credits), the number of coins per payline (up to 10), and the number of active lines (1-20).

Special Symbols

Despite its title, Lucky Zodiac does not feature many symbols related specifically to astrology. In fact, the pay table starts with playing cards from Ten to Ace which are adorned with little lucky charms and Chinese coins. There are also lotus flowers, vases, hand-held fans, and red paper lanterns.

Interestingly, the highest paying regular symbol in the game changes each year, depending on the animal it is associated with in the Chinese calendar. For example, when Microgaming launched the game, this icon was a representation of a sheep, as 2015 was the year of the goat (sheep). In 2017, this is a rooster, while in 2018, it will probably change to a dog. Once the free spins feature triggers, this symbol turns into a Wild.

The main Wild icon, however, is the Lucky Zodiac logo which substitutes for all symbols, except for the Scatter. It offers a separate payout and players need to line up at least 2 Wild logos on an active payline in order to receive a winning. The other special symbol is the Scatter which does not need to fall on any particular lines to form a combination. It is represented as a Chinese firecracker and players win a Scatter payout whenever 2 or more firecrackers appear scattered on the reels. In addition, this icon triggers the free spins feature.

Lucky Zodiac Slot Paytable
Symbol Two on a Payline Three on a Payline Four on a Payline Five on a Payline
10 0 25 50 250
J 0 25 50 250
Q 0 25 100 375
K 0 25 100 500
A 0 25 100 750
Lotus Flower 0 50 250 2000
Chinese Vase 0 50 250 2500
Fan 0 100 375 3000
Red Lantern 25 100 500 4000
Wild 25 250 750 5000
Substitute 50 750 5000 15000
Scatter 200 400 2000 20000

Bonus Games and Features

Players can try to double or quadruple the winnings of each spin by clicking the Gamble button. They need to guess correctly the color or the suit of a face-down card which would multiple the wins from the current round by 2 or 4 times, respectively. If they give a wrong answer, however, the gambled sum will be lost.

The main bonus feature of Lucky Zodiac is activated whenever 3, 4, or 5 Scatter symbols land anywhere on the reels. Players receive the corresponding payout for their firecracker combination as well as 12 free spins. During each of these free rounds, a random multiplier of up to 7x will be applied, boosting any winnings that may be generated. The other exciting thing about this feature is that the free spins can be re-triggered by landing 3 or more Scatters once again.

Additionally, during the free spins, the animal symbol (sheep, rooster, etc.) symbol turns into an extra Wild substituting for all other icons, except for the Scatter.

Conclusion

Microgaming’s Lucky Zodiac features crisply crafted graphics, beautiful imagery, but the animations after a winning occurs seem rather basic. Visually, the slot is very good, but it does not strike with anything special or extraordinary. Still, it is a wonderful option for all players who love the Asian influences that are so often depicted in many video slots by Microgaming and other software developers, as well.

More importantly, the slot offers free spins, which although only 12 initially, may be re-triggered. The second Wild symbol is also a very nice touch, as it significantly increases punters’ winning chances. For this reason and due to the variety of bets available, it would appeal to many players, whether they are complete novices or have years of experience with playing slots.

Lucky Zodiac Slot
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