Far from their first foray into Asian-themed games, Microgaming has managed to create an experience which is new, refreshing and totally enjoyable for new players. Lucky Little Gods has all the bubbliness and energy of a Twin Spin or Shangri-La, but might just better-executed than even those two.
It’s a 243-ways-to-win slot. Sadly this means you don’t get to vary the number of active paylines, but it does give you enhanced odds off winning as compared to “normal”. Don’t be fooled by the “bubbliness” of the game either – when it comes to payouts, it packs a heavy punch!
The whole story is based around traditional Chinese folklore, particularly focused on their renowned New Year’s celebrations. Set up in the clouds of a utopian China, it’s aesthetically stunning and clearly designed to have a visual impact on players.
Gameplay and Layout
Lucky Little Gods is a 5-reel, 15-symbol slot, with 243 ways to win. Since there are so few symbols, the screen doesn’t feel cramped or squished at all – it’s eye-catching, but easy on those eyes.
There are several notable Chinese landmarks in the background – these include the world-renowned Forbidden City of Beijing and what looks like the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda of Xi’an. These seem to be floating among the clouds, hence their connection to the eponymous “Little Gods”.
The symbols are all loosely “Chinese”, including a Mandarin character, a dancing tree, and a spree of anime characters. It’s simple, elegant, and a treat to play.
There are four separate bonus rounds built into the game.
By landing 3+ scatters in a single spin, the free spins round is unlocked! You only get 5 spins, which feels a bit tight, but reels 1 and 5 both become completely wild. Even better, additional scatters add to your spins without any upper limit!
When two special golden trees appear during a single spin the base game is adapted: the trees grow larger, enveloping adjacent symbols. For every position covered when the growth periods ends, there’s a payout. Needless to say, the more positions covered, the better!
Sometimes the simplest bonuses are the best. If a randomly-triggered treasure pot appears on the reels, make sure you give it a click! It will spill a tonne of gold onto the reels, and could put a huge smile on your face.
This Irish phrase isn’t a particularly “Chinese” link, we have to admit, but it does involve anime characters flying across the screen so that’s something! Oh, and while they’re flying about, they drop bags of gold to augment your balance. It’s randomly triggered during the base game.
There’s no denying that Lucky Little Gods is a charming and enjoyable game, though it might be a shade “basic” for more experienced players.
For not trying to be something it’s not, we give it a strong thumbs up. When the game launches in a couple of weeks, make sure you visit a Microgaming casino and check it out!