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Dance with a Lion

GameArt's Dancing Lions pokie is a rich festival of colour built around ancient Chinese traditions and culture. In particular, the Dancing Lion is associated with the Chinese New Year and the ancient myth of the man-eating monster Nian, who would come out of the sea on the last day of the lunar year to feast on unsuspecting villagers until they learned to frighten it off with firecrackers, noise, lights and dressing up in the colour red.

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Dancing Lions

A feast for the eyes

The Dancing Lion, fireworks, lanterns, lights and red colours are now mainstays of the Chinese New Year celebrations, and they have now been adopted as the main theme of this vibrant-looking pokie game. Dancing Lions, lanterns, Chinese fire crackers, drums and “hongbao” or “lai see” (red-tasseled pockets with gifts of money exchanged between family members) are intermingled with symbols for the Ace, King, Queen and Jack playing cards. This colourful mix of symbols stands proud against a festive background of flags, red hanging lanterns and confetti to make a great-looking game.

A lack of background music focuses your attention on the reels as they spin, the white face of the dancing lion Wild symbol roaring as it makes a match. The hongbao or lai see symbols serve as the Scatter feature, the red pockets rotating and glowing if they make a match.

Payout and Bonus

The game runs on a setup of five reels and three lines, but it has ten pay lines. Drums, firecrackers and lanterns each pay $0.05 at 2X, but the difference between them increases with each match, until at 5X, drums pay out $2.50, firecrackers $5.00 and lanterns $10.00. Combinations of Queens, Kings and Aces will earn up to 1.50 coins at 5X, whereas Jacks and Tens will earn up to 1.00 coins at 5X.

The lions substitute all symbols apart from the Scatters and will pay 0.10 coins for 2X, increasing to 50 coins at 5X. Landing Scatters on reels 1, 3 and 5 will grant you 10 free spins.

During the free spins, even more bonus opportunities open up. The Scatters become Wild and substitute for all symbols, and the Bonus feature can be triggered again during the free spins. If you're feeling daring, you can gamble and double your winnings up to five times by selecting whether you think a playing card is red or black. This optional gambling feature is controlled in the game's settings.

While Dancing Lions doesn't have multipliers, it does have the capacity for some big wins. It has a spectacular way of delivering them into your winnings pot, complete with a fountain of coins and the finale to the William Tell Overture - a tune that you wouldn't immediately associate with the Chinese New Year!

It's affordable to play, with a minimum coin size of 0.1 and a maximum coin size of 0.5, and it is also available to play on mobile phones so you can play Dancing Lions on the go.

Game Information
Game Name: Dancing Lions
Software: GameArt
Game Type: -
Paylines: 10
Reels: 5
Min Bet (all lines covered): 0.10
Max Bet: 5
Top win: 1,000
RTP: -
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