As it is the case with most new releases from Microgaming these days, Treasures of Lion City is also a collaboration of theirs, the actual developers being the much smaller Pulse 8 Studios. This one’s a Chinese themed release, but one that has a brand new theme, not the usual generic stuff that we see in other slots targeting that part of the world.
Treasures of Lion City will have 5 reels & 25 paylines for you, it’s a fixed layout, and through it there are top wins of up to 2,600x total stake to be paid, which could mean $130,000. It sounds promising so far, but the 94.20% RTP that is announced in its case is going to cancel most of that good first impression. It should also be noted that the game has Rolling Reels with up to 27x multipliers, along with wild symbols (regular and special versions).
Treasures of Lion City Betting and Prizes
Wagering for a slot machine like this, with 25 fixed lines, is going to be possible within the given range, of $0.25 to $50. As there are 25 coins part of each round, up to $2 can be spent with each one. The minimum coin value is $0.01.
Treasures of Lion City seems capable of delivering top wins of $130,000, using for this its Rolling Reels system and up to 27x multipliers, as the regular combinations pay a lot less otherwise. A 2,600x return on the wager is pretty good, especially for a slot machine with Medium volatility.
What’s not great about this game, is the Return to Player, of 94.20%. It’s so bad, that I don’t believe it will give this game any chance with the players that know to look for a slot’s RTP before giving it a chance. It might work for the casual players, especially with those exciting multipliers in place.
First, a word about the slot’s wild, the symbol which has the most common feature to offer you. Showing the image of the Gold Lion, the wild symbol may be part of new winning combinations that are forming, as a replacement. As it lands on all five reels, it can also pay directly, up to 20x total stake for a full combo of its own.
The most attractive part about Treasures of Lion City is the Rolling Reels mechanic though. Using it, you get new waves of symbols that will replace winning positions, which might give you new wins. With each new cascade that triggers, you advance and you get closer to a new extra feature unlocking for that round.
The 1st, 3rd and 5th cascades will transform three high paying symbols into extra wilds. The 7th, 9th and 11th cascades will take the multiplier to 3x, 9x and 27x, respectively.
Theme & Design
Its theme is one of the things that sets this game apart, in a very crowded category of slots which are inspired by China in some way. It’s based on the Lion City, a submerged city under a dam’s water, but with a history that goes back over 17 centuries. The city is still standing underwater, and it’s famous, so it’s a perfect choice for a slot machine’s theme. Obviously, since it’s a slot, there have to be treasures hidden below the surface as well.
As the game’s symbols, they relied on images of Gold Lions, treasure chests, a potion of immortality, the helmet of a warrior, green and blue crystals, along with Royals for low value positions.
Treasures of Lion City looks like a great game in a lot of ways, but the presence of that very low RTP ruins it for me, and I’m sure for a lot of other players as well.