Lantern Festival is a WMS gaming slot machine, which has a very common theme, one that is inspired by Chinese festivals and by the typical entertainment that is offered to their attendants, from firecrackers, to dragon costumes and so on.
The Chinese theme is unmistakable, and unfortunately often done with the same type of design, so this part of the slot is not unusual or special in any way.
The game does better feature wise though, using extreme symbols, scatters, free spins and wilds to its advantage. The setup is formed out of five reels with 40 paylines, doubling to 80 lines during the free spins.
What We Love
I did enjoy the game, despite its choice of theme being so common. It has a lot of themed symbols on its reels, including expanding dragon wilds, dragon costumes, flowers, Chinese castles, envelopes, firecrackers, fortune cookies and so on. Playing cards are part of the deal as well unfortunately. It’s a game with a good design, which you’re bound to enjoy if you generally go for slots that have this theme.
One of the things that the game prides itself with is the use of extreme symbols, which are stacked eight high, available both in the base game and during free spins.
Wild symbols aren’t missing from the game either, and they can give you more winning combinations from time to time, useful even in a game with 40 lines such as this. The typical role of a wild is to be a substitute for a regular symbol, but only if it’s located in the right position, and the rest of the combination has the needed symbols in place.
One of the most fun parts of the game is the round of free spins. You access them with help from the scatter symbols, which have to appear in a minimum of three spots during the same spin. You get 10 free games and a cash prize worth 2x the triggering bet if you have three scatters.
With four scatters, the payout goes to 10x the bet, while the free spins go to 20 rounds. Finally, with the maximum of five scatter icons you get 50 free games and 20x the triggering bet as an instant prize.
The free spins give you bigger reels, with twice the number of paylines (80 now). You get the extreme symbols here as well, which can cover the reels entirely, even though they’re twice the usual size.
The free spins also guarantee you that you will get a payout of 10x the bet, or more. If not, you get the difference, so that you have at least a 10x prize out of this feature.
What We Do Not Like
The chosen theme is not exactly unique or special, so I would’ve loved an angle that nobody else covered, or maybe a different theme.
The game has plenty of advantages, but only when it’s about its features and maybe its payouts. The graphics are OK, but not original at all.