WMS Presents Chinese Theme in Lantern Festival
Every big online slots developer needs a title that plays with Chinese good-fortune themes in its games list. Lantern Festival is WMS Gaming’s take on this standard: a five-reel, four-row slots game with 40 paylines decked out in the traditionally lucky red and gold décor. During bonus play, the free spins take place on eight rows with 80 paylines, at no extra cost to the player.
Lantern Festival features WMS’ trademarked Extreme Symbols. All of the high-value symbols, namely a festival dragon’s head, a pagoda lit by fireworks, a dragon standing lamp adorned with lanterns, and the Wild, which is a string of firecrackers, can end up stacked two, three or even four windows high, or across all eight windows during bonus play. When matching stacks occur in sequence from Reel 1, prizes increase dramatically, especially when they fill entire reels consecutively.
Standard Symbols Stack in Free Spins
There’s nothing unusual in Lantern Festival’s low-value symbols; the Poker icons 10 to A spruced up with shields, crowns and jewels. There is also a fortune cookie and a pink blossom. During free spins, these symbols also appears stacked over four or more of the eight windows on each reel, resulting in the potential for multiple winning paylines.
In both base play and bonus play, the three high-value standard symbols, the dragon’s head, pagoda and dragon lampstand, will pay prizes for two matches or more on a payline from reel 1. All the lower-value symbols need to appear in combinations of three or more to win.
Scatter Multiplies Wins and Triggers Bonus Spins
The Lantern Festival Scatter is a silken Chinese wallet, in red and gold of course, along with a few gold coins. It is another Extreme Symbol, covering two of the four windows on a reel in base play and two out of eight in free spins. To trigger free spins, players need three or more Scatters in any position on the reels.
Three Scatters pay the player 2X the total bet and launch 10 free spins; four Scatters pay 10X the bet and trigger 20 free spins, and five Scatters win 20X the bet and 50 free spins. Free spins can also be retriggered in the same amounts, by three or more Scatters during the bonus round.
Adjusting Budgets, Maximising Playing Time
The 40 paylines in Lantern Festival are fixed, but players can adjust bets from 0.01 to 2.50 per line in the appropriate currency, so the game can be played on most budgets. There are two features found in several WMS games that help players play longer, however. The Bonus Guarantee means that no free spins round ever ends with the player winning less than 10X the total triggering bet. If the player has terrible luck during a free spins round, the prize automatically increases to 10X the total bet at the end of the round.
The second helpful feature is the Wager Saver. If a player’s balance falls too low to make their next bet, they are given the option to wager what remains in their balance to win enough to make one more spin at the current bet level. If this spin produces a big enough prize, they get to continue playing.