MegaJackpots Star Lanterns Slot
MegaJackpots Star Lanterns is a 5-reel, 20-pay line progressive jackpot online slot from IGT. It's the latest release by IGT in their 'MegaJackpots' series, some other titles being MegaJackpots Cleopatra and MegaJackpots Isle O'Plenty. All these games share a common jackpot pot, so a small percentage of any money that is paid to play one of these slots contributes to the pot. This pool of cash builds and builds and can reach incredible amounts until someone wins, and their life changes completely as a result!
This game was released around about the time of the Chinese New Year, so it's no surprise that there's a Chinese theme here. You probably already guessed this via the slots' title, anyhow! All the symbols in this game are candle-powered Chinese lanterns – some elaborate, and some simple-looking. They float up from the bottom of the screen rather than spin, as with most other slots. They then bob up and down a little as they await the next spin. The effect is kind of cool.
There is only one setting you need to worry about with this game, and that's the 'line bet' amount. This can be anything from 0.01 to 5.00. There are twenty pay lines available and that's a fixed amount. Your final bet-per-spin is your line bet multiplied by twenty. When you're ready to float off towards the heavens, hit the spin button.
Payout & bonus rounds
The lowest paying symbols in this game are the three coloured lanterns – green (panther), blue (fish) and gold (dragon). Three of them will win you five times your line bet. The top non-progressive jackpot is for five of the elaborate lantern with palm tree panels and red tassles. This will win you one thousand times your line bet if you land five of them.
There are two ways to win a MegaJackpot. Whenever a star symbol appears it may reveal a MegaJackpots symbol. If you collect four MegaJackpot symbols on a spin during the base game or free spins then you're a jackpot winner! There's also the 'Second Chance' draw after every spin. The bigger your stake, the more chance you have of winning a second chance.
Any win during play triggers the 'Floating Reels' feature. All winning symbols disappear and new ones float up from the bottom to replace them. This continues until no more wins are triggered.
Every star symbol that lands will trigger a multiplier – 2x, 3x or 5x. These symbols only appear on the first three reels.
A glowing lotus is the scatter symbol in this game. Land three anywhere on the reels to pay double your line bet, plus free spins. You get to select from three lanterns to decide how many free spins you are awarded.
A 'samurai style' Chinese lantern is the wild symbol here. It substitutes for all other symbols aside from the bonus and star symbols.
For a game with a progressive jackpot IGT have still managed to pack in a great number of features. There's nothing particularly new here in slotting terms, but that's not really the point – the point is the thrill of having a genuine chance of winning a life-changing amount of cash! Do that, and just like a Chinese lantern you'll be heading for new heights!