Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win

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Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win slot REVIEW

Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win ReviewThe Cai Shen (or Caishen) is the highly popular Chinese god of wealth and good fortune, and the Emperor-looking deity certainly takes center stage in this latest installment in iSoftBet’s Hold & Win range. Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win comes with a pretty typical oriental theme, where gold and red dominate the color scheme, and the Cai Shen Wilds expand to fill the entire reel when 3 land at the same time.

The base game is also graced by the randomly triggered Lucky Envelope instant cash prize, and this is the only way to crack the game’s 8,888x potential. Both the Bonus Round, which comes with extra wilds, and the Hold & Win feature, come with far lower overall potentials than that, unfortunately, but it adds a bit of tension knowing that solid payouts can come out of the blue as you grind along in the base game.

Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win Slot - Reels Screen

Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win Features

The 3 lower-value premium symbols all pay 4x your stake for 5 of a kind wins, while the top-tier golden Maneki-neko pays 6x your stake for the same. The Cai Shen Wild can step in for all regular pay symbols to help complete winning combinations, but the wild holds no value of its own. The wild tends to land in stacks, and landing 3 wilds anywhere at the same time on reels 2 to 5 expands the wilds to cover the entire reels.

You’ll see a Red Envelope up in the right-hand side corner, and it will shake at random times when you play. This may, or may not, award the random instant cash prize that pays 8, 88, 888 or 8,888 x your stake immediately when the feature triggers.

The Dancing Lions Pick Game is triggered when you land 3 dragon scatters anywhere in view. Pick 1 of the 2 dancing lions, and you’re guaranteed to trigger the Bonus Round or the Hold & Win feature.

Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win Slot - Pick'em Game

The Bonus Round awards 8, 10 or 12 free spins randomly, as well as 25, 50, 75 or 100 extra wilds that will be added to the reelstrips during the feature. The expanding wild feature works the same in the bonus round, so landing 3 anywhere on reels 2 to 5 expands the wilds to cover the full reels. You retrigger the feature when 3 scatters land, giving you the same amount of free spins you got initially.

The Hold & Win feature can also be triggered by landing 5+ lantern bonus symbols in the base game, and this awards 3 starting respins with the triggering lanterns sticky on an otherwise cleared 5x3 grid. Each new non-blank symbol you land becomes sticky as well, and this resets the respins tally back to 3 again.

You can land regular lantern symbols with random cash values, as well as Mini, Minor and Major jackpot symbols that are worth 30, 100 and 500 x your stake, respectively. You can land multiple smaller jackpots this way, but the 1,000x Grand Jackpot is only won if you manage to fill the entire grid with non-blank symbols.

The 200 Spins Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win Experience

You get a good taste of what the base game is like in the first minute and a half, before we trigger the Dancing Lions Pick Game around 1:25 into the 5-minute highlights video. We got the bonus round with 8 free spins and 75 extra wilds added. Right after the feature has played out, we skip to the Hold & Win feature, and you can see it all for yourself by hitting the play button below.

Review Summary

iSoftBet has been on a Hold & Win spree lately, and Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win is a decent enough installment with a pretty straightforward Chinese mythology theme. The most you can hope for in the base game is 125x your stake from a single spin, with or without assistance from the expanding wild feature. It therefore helps a lot that you can also trigger the Lucky Envelope instant cash prize, which can go as high as 8,888x your stake.

The bonus round comes with plenty of extra wilds, making the expanding wilds feature far more likely to trigger. Still, landing 12 free spin max wins in a row “only” awards 1,800x your stake in total. The Hold & Win feature cannot pay much more than that in total either, so truly big wins will only come from the random Lucky Envelope prize. There is nothing game-changing going on here perhaps, but we still had an okay time testing this oriental release.

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Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win Slot FAQs

What is the RTP of Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win?

The 96 % return to player is about as average as they come.

How volatile is Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win?

This is a medium volatile release from iSoftBet, and it scores 6 out of 10 on their own volatility scale.

What is the biggest win possible?

You can win the instant and random Lucky Envelope prize worth up to 8,888x at the most, while the overall max win outside of that is below 2,000x your stake. The single spin max win is 150x your stake.

How does the Cai Shen Wilds feature work?

Landing 3 Cai Shen Wilds on reels 2 to 5 will expand them all to fill the entire reel.

Is there a free spins mode in Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win?

Yes, you will get up to 12 free spins with between 25 and 100 extra wilds added to the reelstrips.

How does the Hold & Win feature play out?

Triggered by 5+ lantern symbols, these become sticky on an otherwise cleared grid. You get 3 respins, and the tally resets per new lantern cash symbol or jackpot symbol you land. Fill the grid to win the 1,000x Grand Jackpot.

Can I play Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win slot for free?

Yes, you can check out the free Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win demo game at the very top of this page (UK players must verify age first).

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