Tue, Feb 26, 6:54am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:29pm
Exotic Asian Lanterns and Unique Game Play in this Jackpot Pokie
Above the reels of this beautifully produced game you’ll see a sea of red lanterns floating into the night sky. This type of lantern is popular at Chinese New Year. The ‘reels’ of Star Lanterns sees many exotic shapes and designs of lanterns floating upwards in a 5×3 format. Many have classic Asian symbols on them, including dragons and koi carp. You’ll enjoy gentle, relaxing music while the lanterns float past.
Several interesting game-play features combine to give Star Lanterns a unique feel. These include tumbling wins, special lanterns with win-multipliers, free spins and of course – the potentially life changing MegaJackpots progressives.
Summary of Star Lanterns MegaJackpots highlights:
Tumbling wins works in a similar way to many pokies. This gives you a shot at triggering multiple wins from the same spin by removing the winning symbols (after you get paid for them). In this case, the lanterns turn into puffs of fire before disappearing.
Movement is upwards, and the remaining lanterns float up to fill the gaps. New ones appear at the bottom when needed. This can create more winning combinations, which triggers the sequence again.
You’ll see some lanterns have spikes – these are the ‘Star Lanterns’ that the pokie is named after. These have special properties. They will explode / disappear every time they appear without needing to be part of a winning combination. Each one will add a multiplier of 2x to 5x, which appears next to your win under the reels. If you get more than one, then the multipliers are added. For example, a 2x and 4x gives a total of 6x for any wins during that spin.
If you don’t get any wins, then you get between 2 and 5 coins for those lanterns instead.
Those spiked lanterns are also involved in the big progressive. You will see the amount of this above the reels, with 4 holes to the left of the number. If you fill the 4 holes, you win the big prize.
To do this you need to see a lot of spiked lanterns. Sometimes they will reveal a MegaJackpots symbols before they disappear – filling one hole.
There is a second chance at winning the big jackpot. This is a random draw after each spin. You can win the big prize for any bet amount – though the more that you bet the better your chances are via this random draw.
Lanterns which look like a lotus flower trigger the free spins games. You need 3 of them on the first 3 reels to get this feature. First, you go to a screen with 3 big lanterns, and pick one to reveal the number of free spins you get.
A big advantage of the free spins bonus is that the reels are ‘richer’. This means more higher paying lanterns, and more of the spiked star lantern multipliers. You can win the jackpot during this feature, though it does not have a retrigger.
Underneath the complex game-play you’ll find a standard reel grid with 20 win-lines. Your biggest wins will come when you get big multipliers. If you are lucky enough to get some of the bigger line hits along with these multipliers, those wins can be substantial.
Three detailed and exotic lanterns lead the pay table. One with red tassels on the side is worth 1000 coins for 5, while two other box shaped ones get you 500 or 400 coins. A pink lantern completes the highest paying symbols – with round coloured ones with black symbols on them make up the smaller wins.
Wilds are in play to connect your wins too.
This is a relaxing pokie, and the design is stunning. Small details like the way the lanterns float, and the popping are beautifully executed. Even the background music is relaxing. This is the perfect pokie to chill with – though keep in mind that the big jackpot prize could snap you out of that relaxed state at any moment!
I found this pokie both relaxing and interesting at the same time. While the game-play is more complex than some games – you’ll soon tune into it. The regular pop of the lanterns can bring multiple wins, sometimes multiplied by the star lanterns. Ads in the chance of a life-changing jackpot, and you have found the perfect way to relax.