Pragmatic Play is well-known for delivering games, which are visually spectacular and extremely diverse in terms of gameplay and these expectations have been fully lived up to in the case of Lucky New Year, a fireworks-ridden, Far East-themed game which looks great and is capable of delivering giant prizes. The reels are positioned at the base of a beautiful, red and golden temple, which is lit up by strings of celebratory lights as well as the unstoppable shower of fireworks, which is gorgeously animated in the background. The most special visual detail, however is probably the sky, which is unusually painted in orange and purple and gives the whole sight a very original look. The formation of winning combinations is also accompanied by smooth, eye-candy animations.
The game offers 5 reels and 3 rows. There are 3 jackpot prize values displayed above the reels – a Grand one, a Major one and a Minor one. The maximum number of bet coins with which a spin can be entered is 10. Coin sizes start at 1 cent and can go as high as 50 cents. That makes the maximum possible bet for a single spin – 125 dollars.
Every symbol that offers payouts in the game has 3 winning combinations that include between 3 and 5 matching symbols. The amounts displayed in the paytable depend on the current bet. The following amounts count for the maximum possible bet. The wild golden dog pays 125, 1250 and 2500 dollars. The big, blue eyed, fuzzy, golden face offers 125, 1250 and 2500 dollars. The two rows of firecrackers bring 100, 750 and 2000 dollars. The drums grant 75, 500 and 1500 dollars. The three tangerines give 50, 250 and 1000 dollars. The Ace provides players with 50, 100 and 250 dollars, while the King, the Queen and the Jack – with 25, 100 and 250 dollars.
The wild golden dog is capable of replacing the rest of the symbols in the game except for the scatter and the special Money symbol in order to form combinations. The scatter of the game depicts a golden tree and it can appear on the first, the third and the fifth reel of the game. The triple scatter combination initiates the free spins feature, awarding 5 of them. Throughout the free spins, the second, the third and the fourth reel will be transformed into a single giant symbol (the golden mask, which pays just as much as the wild). Every time the triple scatter combination reappears during the free spins 3 additional spins will be granted.
The special Money symbol is a red lamp with the number 6000 on it. All Money symbols have a prize attached to them. When at least 6 Money symbols land on the reels, the special Money Respin feature will be started. All the symbols on the reels with the exception of the triggering Money symbols will be removed, leaving behind empty spaces on the reels. The initial number of re-spins is 3. Every single Money symbol that shows up on the reels will remain on its position. Every time a Money symbol appears the number of re-spins will be reset to 3. The feature will end when all the positions are covered by Money symbols or when the player runs out of re-spins. At the end of the feature, the number of the Money symbols standing on the reels will be multiplied by the amount attached to them and the result will be added to players’ balances. If all the positions are covered by Money symbols, the Mega Jackpot prize will be won.
Lucky New Year looks great and features an amazingly constructed Asian-style theme, not to mention a very rewarding paytable, highly effective wild and scatter symbols and a couple of stunningly profitable bonus games.