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An Introduction to Lucky New Year

Few cultures do New Years celebrations quite like the Chinese, and even though our Eastern friends celebrate the changing year on a different date, slot games with a Chinese New Year theme can be played all year round. And, as New Year for us Westerners is right around the corner, we thought now was the time to bring you a comprehensive review of the Lucky New Year slot machine from Pragmatic Play. Keep on reading to discover our thoughts on this game, or for a how-to-play guide feel free to explore the Lucky New Year game page.


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Lucky New Year Game Information

Game Name: Lucky New Year

RTP: 96%

Game Provider: Pragmatic

Reels: 5

Theme: 2D/3D, Asian

Paylines: 25

Feature/s: Free Spins, Respin

Min & Max Bet: £0.25 - £100

Volatility: Med-High

Biggest Possible Win: £8,510


First Wish: Does the Lucky New Year’s Gameplay Start 2024 With a Bang?

There are 25 fixed paylines, 3 rows, and 5 reels in the Lucky New Year slot machine, which means if you’ve played a few video slots in your time you’ll be familiar with the set up of this game. There are numerous betting possibilities on the slot machine that cater to high rollers as well as penny players. The minimal wager is merely £0.25. However, changing the coin value in-game and the quantity of coins per line raises the wager to a maximum of £125. The Lucky New Year slot machine has a theoretical RTP of 96% which is the current market average for video slot machines. Pragmatic play considers this slot to be of medium variance rating it 3/5 when compared to previous slot games they have developed. Overall, the Lucky New Year slot machine registers as average across the board which is great if you’re looking for a slot game that does what it says on the tin and has no statistical surprises. 

Lucky New Year Slot Gameplay

Second Wish: Do Lucky New Year’s Game Theme and Symbols Set the Scene?

Lucky New Year's design has a traditional Chinese New Year vibe to it; the reels are housed inside a pagoda-style building and feature firecrackers, oranges, drums and Chinese characters. The grid is displayed with fireworks in the backdrop, its surroundings resembling a traditional Chinese home. Even though the graphics look a bit dated, they are nonetheless really beautiful. A traditional Chinese melody acts as the background music. However, to better complement the festive mood, the tune is lively rather than relaxing. If this isn’t to your taste, however, this can easily be toggled off via the settings.

The emblems in Lucky New Year stick to the theme of Chinese tradition, even with the ubiquitous poker images. The lowest-paying symbols in the slot machine are the poker emblems, which are composed of diamonds. You can get respectable rewards from oranges, Chinese drums, and Chinese trinkets.The highest paying symbol is the dragon, which pays out 1, 10, or 20 times your entire bet if you get 3, 4, or 5 on a payline. Given that 2018 (when this slot was first released) was the Year of the Dog, it makes sense that the golden dog represents the wild. It can appear on all five reels and take the place of all other symbols save the scatter and can award 20x your stake amount. There is also a scatter symbol in the form of a Golden Monkey Tree.

Lucky New Year Slot Symbols

Third Wish: Do Lucky New Year’s Features Entertain? 

There are two distinct bonus features on offer in the Lucky New Year slot game, a traditional free spins bonus round, and a respins feature. Let’s explore this more closely:

Free Spins

If three Money Tree scatter symbols land on the reels within a single spin, you will receive five bonus spins. The feature can be triggered again by landing three scatters during said free spins.There are no restrictions as to how many times this can occur. However, there's more: during the bonus rounds, the centre reels merge into a single, enormous symbol. 

Respin Feature

The bonus symbols which appear on the reels all have monetary values attached to them. In order to collect their values players will need to land three matching lantern symbols. When this happens not only will players gain an instant prize payout, the Respin bonus feature will also activate. The reels will be full of lantern symbols and black spaces. Players will be given 3 respins, each time a new lantern symbol appears on the reels the counter resets to 3. Filling the reels with lantern symbols will award the jackpot prize.

Genie’s Farewell

While the Lucky New Year slot machine from Pragmatic Play won’t revolutionise your slot experience or deliver groundbreaking bonus features or payouts, what it does offer is a reliable and well-designed slot machine that is accessible to all players thanks to its medium volatility and RTP as well as its broad betting limits. The theme is entertaining and perfect for getting into the new year's spirit. 

Play Lucky New Year on Spin Genie

The Lucky New Year slot machine can be played all year round, but it is especially perfect when played during the New Year's season. To try out this game for yourself, sign up and play today at Spin Genie. Most importantly, we wish all our players both new and old a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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