Lucky Zodiac Slot
Lucky Zodiac is a 5-reel, max 20 payline online slot from Microgaming. If you're a fan of zodiac signs such as Libra, Cancer and Capricorn then you're going to be a little disappointed with this game as it based on the Chinese horoscope, rather than the Western one. The twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac are all represented in cutesy, cartoon form, but unfortunately only one – what looks to be a ram – makes an appearance on the reels. What's even more odd is that the ram is not a symbol in the Chinese horoscope – it should be a goat. Anyhow, the goat takes centre stage in this slot, mainly because 2015 – the year this slot was released – in the year of the ram. Sorry, sheep. Or goat.
This game takes Microgaming's familiar template and 'orientals' it up a little. The playing card symbols ten to ace make their usual appearance, but the familiar crowns are replaced by fans, dragons and … well, we're not sure what either the jack or the ace are playing with, to be honest. Added to the reels are more oriental symbols – more fans, lanterns, a lotus and some firecrackers.
There are twenty lines in total, and all are selectable. You can choose your coin size from 0.01 to 0.50 and your bet is always your chosen coin size multiplied by the number of lines. You many gamble up to ten coins at once. When you ready to see what fortunes await you, hit the spin button.
Payout & bonus rounds
The lowest payout available is for three tens, at 2x your line bet. Top of the jackpot shop is five 'Lucky Zodiac' symbols at 150x your coin size.
There are two wild symbols. The first is the 'Lucky Zodiac' logo which subsitutes for all other symbols aside from the 'Firecracker Scatter'.
That pesky ram-that-should-be-a-goat symbol is also wild but only during free spins.
The firecracker acts as the scatter symbol in this game, and you can trigger free spins by collecting as many as possible on the reels. You are awarded a mystery number of free spins – up to a dozen – as long as you unleash three firecrackers. During free spins you any wins you obtain are subject to a random multiplier up to 7x, which can trigger some sizeable jackpots.
Microgaming fans will be familiar with the company's style of slots, and this is a very nice addition to the range, albeit not an all that exciting one. It all bounces along with a merry Chinese melody, but the lack of bonus games and the routineness of it all means this is a slot you won't be playing on a daily basis. It's still definitely worth a go though, and good fortune and loadsa cash might just come winging your way!